Back-to-school cool: cute sewing projects

Is it me getting older or do the days seem to go by faster all the time? Just when I get into the swing of summer the stores start advertising back-to-school supplies. But if the season is changing that quickly, then it’s time to think about stitching up something special to help your little ones (or big ones) start the year off right.

Check out these fun-to-make, fun-to-use school sewing projects. Some are super quick and easy for you busy moms (who might be counting the days until the kids are back in school, but we won’t tell!); others are perfect for grandmas like me who may have a little more sewing time available. Whatever you choose to stitch, you’ll be sending the kids off with a bit of yourself, like a warm hug to get them through the day.

Time for Class

Keep pencils and pens organized with this colorful pencil pouch from Sew Gifts!. Add the matching book cover for a really special set.

From Sew Gifts!

If your student carries a tablet or laptop to class, check out the quirky “Mustachioed Man” tablet case (made from easy-to-sew felt) from Everyday Handmade or the “Color-Block iPad Cover” from Sew Gifts!.

Mustachioed Man tablet case Color-Block iPad Cover

Lunch Time

Girls of all ages will love keeping their lunch money safe in this adorable “Ladybug Coin Purse” from Everyday Handmade. And for kids who carry their lunch from home, these quick-and-easy reusable snack bags from Sew the Perfect Gift are easy to clean and oh-so-green. Be sure to tuck a little note in with their favorite snacks!

Ladybug Coin Purse Lunch Break Reusable Bags

Nap Time/Nighttime

Does your little preschooler need a nap quilt? “Monkey in the Middle” from Fast, Flirty, and Fun makes great use of novelty fabric and strips (it’s also available as an ePattern). “Head in the Clouds” is a soft, pretty design sure to encourage sweet dreams. Find the pattern in Everyday Handmade.

Monkey in the Middle quilt Head in the Clouds quilt

No need to stop with nap quilts: why not make a new quilt for everyone who’s starting a new school year, whether it’s for cuddling under at home or carrying off to college? These two versatile patterns from Young at Heart Quilts can be adapted easily to different fabric styles.

From Young at Heart Quilts
Also available as ePatterns: “Brickwork” and “Cherry Blossoms

After School

Many kids let themselves into the house after school. Here are two great ideas for keeping track of that important house key. The “Wristlet Key Holder” from Sew Gifts! is a clever way to carry a key and some lunch money. Also featured in Sew Gifts!, the “Card and Key Wallet” has a place for a driver’s license, student ID card, and a little cash.

From Sew Gifts!

What’s your favorite back-to-school tradition? Tell us in the comments!

9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I just joined a church quilting group, and a question came up about licensed fabric. Can we use this fabric for items to be sold a fundraising bazaar?

    —Robyn on July 29, 2014
  • All though I no longer have children in school, or even at home, that big sigh of relief is/was my favorite back-to-school tradition. Children are wonderful, but by the end of the summer it is nice to have the quiet for quilting.

    —Tina on July 29, 2014
  • The wristlet and small wallet are so practical and quick to make! Thank you!

    —Lynne Ravas on July 29, 2014
  • Fun stuff.

    —Karla Bird on July 29, 2014
  • very beatiful design i love this

    —radha on July 31, 2014
  • My favorite back to school tradition is the first day of school pictures in the morning as my kids start off for the new year

    Jamie Todhunter on July 31, 2014
  • my favorite tradition was going shopping with my Mom for a new dress and school supplies. The pencil case would have been great 🙂


    —Donna Fairchild on August 1, 2014
  • Wrapping my school books in brown bag paper. Since our daughter is no longer in school; I enjoy waving to the children who are now going to school and cheering them on to not only enjoy thier youth, but to pass thier subjects, as well.

    The little Ladybug coin purse is so cute!

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on August 1, 2014
  • foundation

    —ana maria on July 3, 2015

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