Attention, class: sewing projects for students

Posted by on August 3, 2012, in quilting & sewing, , ,

Little Red Schoolhouse quilt blocks
Detail of “Little Red Schoolhouse Quilt” from Prairie Children and Their Quilts

Just a few weeks to go—school’s almost in session! As a mom to two boys (ages 4 and 8), I involuntarily grow a ball of nervous energy in my tummy when I think about their first day of school. New teachers, new classrooms, new rules. Will they fit in? Will they have fun? Will they follow said rules? (One can only hope.)

Batman embroideryIn addition to new clothes and shoes, I start off a school year with something handmade, from me to the boys, to celebrate the occasion. This year Charlie is headed to a new preschool, and I’m making a small stuffie (a security stuffie, if you will) for his backpack. Jack and I are tag-teaming a project this year—a simple satchel featuring Jack’s own Batman embroidery. More marker than stitches right now (he insisted on permanent and black), but he’s caught the stitching bug.

There’s still plenty of time to send the little ones you know (or the big ones!) off to school with an item sewn just for them. Send them packing—whether for the day or for the semester—with something that connects them back to home. After all, it’s where their heart is.

And remember, you can make most any of the projects below for boys; simply ask the recipient about his favorite colors. (Jack’s is purple; Charlie’s is rainbow.)

Bring on the new school year!

1 Little Red Schoolhouse Quilt from Prairie Children and Their Quilts

For the first-time student (and her dolly too): “Little Red Schoolhouse Quilt” from Prairie Children and Their Quilts.

2 Literary Genius E-Reader Cover from Everyday Handmade

For the iStudent: “Literary Genius E-Reader Cover” from Everyday Handmade.

3 School Spirit from Young at Heart Quilts

For the student who’s joining the spirit squad (customized with his or her school colors, of course): “School Spirit” from Young at Heart Quilts.

4 Checkerboard Neighborhood from Fig Tree Quilts--Houses

For students who’ll call the college dorm home: "Checkerboard Neighborhood" from Fig Tree Quilts: Houses.

5 Vintage is the New Modern Patchwork Bag from The New Handmade

For the teen who likes her style old-school: “Vintage is the New Modern Patchwork Bag” from The New Handmade.

6 Bird Watcher Messenger Bag from The New Handmade

For the student who gets an A+ for organization (or needs to earn one): “Bird Watcher Messenger Bag” from The New Handmade.

7 Cover Me Pretty Book Cover from Cool Girls Quilt

For the student who does everything—even reading—with flair: “Cover Me Pretty Book Cover” from Cool Girls Quilt.

8 Jelly Roll Tote Bag from Rolling Along

For the football player, the cheerleader, the cross-country runner—in other words, the athlete: “Jelly Roll Tote Bag” from Rolling Along.

9 All Business Laptop Sleeve from The New Handmade

For the student who never leaves home without it: “All Business Laptop Sleeve” from The New Handmade.

10 Reusable Grocery Bag from Sew the Perfect Bag

For the busy college student (who’s gotta buy groceries now): “Reusable Grocery Bag” from Sew the Perfect Bag.

11 Laundry Bag from Sew the Perfect Bag

For the busy college student (who’s gotta do laundry now): “Laundry Bag” from Sew the Perfect Bag.

12 Lunch-Break Reusable Bags from Sew the Perfect Gift

For the student who loves a home-packed meal: “Lunch-Break Reusable Bags” from Sew the Perfect Gift.

13 Cell Phone Case from The New Handmade


For the student (and parent!) who wants to stay in touch: “Cell Phone Case” from The New Handmade.

14 Dreaming Journal Cover from Fig Tree Quilts--Fresh Vintage Sewing

For the student who’s aspiring to a dream: “Dreaming Journal Cover” from Fig Tree Quilts: Fresh Vintage Sewing.


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