11 easy-to-sew school bags 🎒send ’em back in style!

When is school back in session? Soon! (Unless school’s already started where you are, that is!)

Fresh clothes, fresh shoes, fresh haircut, fresh start—maybe you remember the beginning of those dear-old-golden-rule days the same way too? A new bag, backpack, pencil case, or other container to corral all your school stuff was always a special treat too.

If you’ve got kids in your life—whether they’re preschool-aged or college-bound—a surprise gift of a handmade bag will set the scene for a great school year. Today we’ve rounded up 11 ideas for making your kids’ first day back a little brighter. Let’s have a look!

Make a pouch for all those freshly sharpened colored pencils:

Colored-Pencil Pouch
Colored-Pencil Pouch from
Super Cute Paper Piecing

Or a cute wristlet for a fashionista:

Apple Wristlet
Apple Wristlet from
Super Cute Paper Piecing

A favorite high schooler or college student would love this backpack, which includes ample storage space plus a compartment to hold a small laptop:

Shades Laptop Backpack
Shades Laptop Backpack from
Windy City Bags

This practical duffel bag is great for gym class and sporting trips:

Jump-Start Duffel
Jump-Start Duffel
from Windy City Bags

🦉 Whoo-whoo 🦉 would love this small zip-purse, perfect for keeping little-girl essentials nearby?

Owl Zip
Owl Zip from
Simple, Fun & Quickly Done

This mini-charm-square friendly journal cover will turn students’ writings into keepsakes:

Charming Journal Cover
Charming Journal Cover from
Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

This roomy tote will remind a hard-working student that her friends are always there for support:

True Friend Tote
True Friend Tote from
Cottage-Style Charm

Encourage students to jot down their hopes and dreams:

Secrets and Dreams Folder
Secrets and Dreams Folder from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery

Or use your scraps to create a little pouch to house the little things:

In the Clouds Patchwork Pouch
In the Clouds Patchwork Pouch from
Sew Many Gifts

This layered satchel will make it cool to be at school:

Layered Satchel
Layered Satchel from
Style and Swing

And here’s a super-special bag for the student who’s a quilter in the making:

Grandmother's Flower Garden Tote
Grandmother’s Flower Garden Tote from
Yoko Saito’s Bags for Everyday Use

How many bags have you made since you started sewing?

  • 1 to 5
  • 6 to 10
  • 11+
  • Quilts only, so far!

Tell us in the comments!

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