The bustle of a new year begins—it’s almost back-to-school time for kids of all ages! Of course they’ll need to be stocked up on staples like pens, pencils, and paper. But a special gift made by someone they love will mean so much when they’re heading into the transition of another school year.
Back-to-school projects from The New Handmade
There’s still plenty of time to send the little ones you know (or the big ones!) off to school with something unique, made by you. And if you’d like to give a child you know a special back-to-school gift, we’ve gathered ideas for sewing for kids from preschool all the way to college. (They may all be school kids, but that’s quite a span of ages!)
Let this roundup of sewing ideas for kids help you send those children packing—whether for the day or for the semester—with something that connects them to home. After all, it’s where their heart is.
Make projects from Snuggle-and-Learn Quilts for Kids by Chris Lynn Kirsch
“Touch Me, Feel Me, Read Me” (above) This quilt is all about textures and shapes, which are great concepts for preschoolers to learn. The crop of fabrics available today makes this project an educational extravaganza! And don’t fear the appliqué: the letters are stitched using Chris’s easy “Repliqué” technique.
“Counting on Buttons” (above) This bright quilt uses a variety of colorful buttons. Have fun choosing the nine different button groups—or consider letting the child choose. (Note: make this for a child of an appropriate age, as buttons may be a choking danger for babies and toddlers.)
“Rolled-Up Fun” (above) Here’s a carry-along toy to keep kids entertained—and it doesn’t require batteries. This portable roll-up chalkboard can be personalized to fit a little learner’s special interests. Search for the perfect theme fabric and choose other fabrics to match.
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Make projects from Amigurumi On the Go by Ana Paula Rímoli
Many quilters have a “crossover craft.” Do you? If you know the basics of crochet and love playing with yarn fibers as much as fabric fibers, check out these adorable back-to-school projects.
“Pencil Cases” (above) These little bags whip up so fast, you can quickly crochet them in multiples. Stock the bags with freshly sharpened pencils and colorful erasers to make your gift even more fun to give.
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Middle School/Junior High
Make projects from Cool Girls Quilt by Linda Lum DeBono
“Hip-Hop Case” (above) Tweenagers love music—why not stitch a quick cozy to help them protect theirs? Boys and girls alike can use this cool felted-wool case to buffer a music player’s bumpy ride while it’s in a purse or backpack. Think black-and-white or shades of blue for boys. (Also available as an ePattern.)
“Cover Me Pretty Book Cover” (above) Boring-looking books, be gone! Personalize this practical book cover with fabrics in different colors and prints. No matter the topic, your gift recipient will be inspired to open any book to page one. (Also available as an ePattern.)
“Love” quilt (above) Shower a blossoming teenager going back to school with the happiness bursting from this color-splashed quilt. Start and finish it fast with simple squares and fusible appliqué. (Also available as an ePattern.)
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Make projects from Young at Heart Quilts by Julie Popa
“School Spirit” (above) They’ve got spirit—how ’bout you? High-schoolers will love cuddling up in the stands with a two-color quilt featuring their favorite team’s colors. Complex-looking blocks pull one fake-out play: easy fusible appliqué. (Also available as an ePattern.)
“Twist and Turn” (above) High-school guys need quilts too! This masculine color scheme gets an exciting twist with windmill-style blocks that provide lots of movement. Blocks square up to 15″, so you can quickly stitch up a sizeable quilt. (Also available as an ePattern.)
“Starlight” (above) Swirly stars pair up with BIG blocks (16½” square!) in this lively quilt. Use fusible appliqué and quick-piecing techniques to stitch this vibrant design for a teen who craves a splash of color in her life. (Also available as an ePattern.)
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Make projects from The New Handmade by Cassie Barden
“Reading List Tote” (above) Inspired by old library book bags, this is a quick-and-easy project to make in any dimension or fabric combination. Keep it simple with quilting cottons, or experiment with other fabrics like sturdy canvas and corduroy. (Also available as an ePattern.)
“Dinner Party Grocery Bag” (above) Is a college student you know taking care of his or her own meals for the first time? This roomy, versatile tote is ideal for groceries and much more. With a water-resistant oilcloth lining and securely stitched nylon straps, this bag can really be loaded up. (Also available as an ePattern.)
“Novella Composition Book Cover” (above) This fabric cover will help a college student organize not just her thoughts but also her pens, receipts, study notes, and more. Everything she needs can be kept together in style while she’s on the go. (Also available as an ePattern.)
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FREE T-SHIRT QUILT PATTERN! If a student you know has a collection of t-shirts she or he just can’t part with, you can stitch a one-of-a-kind memory with this easy t-shirt quilt pattern. Use up to 15 different shirts!
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Will you be spoiling a student you know with a handmade gift? Tell us in the comments what you’re making!