Bags to sew for back to school: send ’em off in style (+ sale!)

Sized-up clothes, school supplies, registration, orientation. It’s time for the back-to-school bustle! Prepping for a new school year is all about getting students organized and ready to rule the school. And you can use your sewing skills to help—by making handy bags that are just as fresh and fun on the outside as all the new school supplies packed inside.

Check out this roundup of bags to sew just in time for the first bell!


For Boys and Girls
This cute, quick-to-sew zippered pouch celebrates the quintessential school supply: the No. 2 pencil! Pack the pouch with pointy new pencils, plus erasers and a sharpener.
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No. 2 Pencil Pouch from
A Bit of Appliqué
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For Tweens and Teens
It’s truer than ever for students these days: on-the-go devices are a must. They’ll use this protective tablet cover every day. A flannel piece tucked inside the cover helps keep the screen scratch-free.
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Color-Block iPad Cover from
Sew Gifts!
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For High School, College, and Beyond

Designer bags are big, and this Miss Independent Bag will turn heads on campus! There’s room for books, folders, and personal items. The pattern includes a padded laptop case that will fit computers or tablets 13″ or smaller.
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Miss Independent Bag from
Big-City Bags
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Messenger-style satchels are great for school or the office—and wearing them across the body helps distribute the weight of the bag’s contents during those long walks across campus or across town. The pieced exterior of this Groovy Satchel is ideal for using fabrics from a coordinating bundle.
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Groovy Satchel from
Style and Swing
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Handmade bags: sewn a bunch, sewn a few, or ready to give one a try? Tell us in the comments!

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