The neighbors are outside grilling, fireworks are going off, the pool is crowded, and the school bus is coming around the corner…wait, it’s already time to get ready for going back to school? We know—it feels way too soon! Luckily, we have put together a collection of DIY school supplies that includes sewing projects for all of the back to school essentials that will have you ready for the new school year in no time.
PLUS! Make that backpack the coolest in school by adding some patches. Our page on How to Sew a Patch includes a helpful tutorial as well as tips and tricks.
We have tracked down a complete list of back to school sewing projects to help you and your child get ready for the next school year! No matter what you’re looking for, there are sewing projects for everyone. If your kid loves cats, try sewing them this adorable Cat Backpack Free Pattern. If your child wants a casual and simple messenger bag, this Push the Envelope messenger bag tutorial will be a hit. Don’t forget to make a Quick Pencil Case, lunch sack and snack bag, and some DIY organizers for your budding scholar!
DIY School Supplies: 50 Back to School Essentials
Which backpack you have is a big fashion statement, which is why we have fourteen sewing projects to choose from! Perhaps your child wants to show the world their passion for reading with this Dr. Seuss Inspired Book Bag or appear effortlessly cool with this Basic Messenger Bag. Whether you’re looking for a drawstring backpack, a heavy-duty knapsack, an adorable cat-shaped backpack, a book tote bag, or the classic messenger bag, we have a backpack in every possible style to choose from so your child can show off their own personal style!
DIY Pencil Cases
As a quick DIY school supplies project, try sewing your child any one of these pencil pouch patterns that will definitely come in handy! We have everything from the classic Felt Pencil Case to this rad Watermelon Pencil Case Tutorial that just shouts summer. But I think our real winner here is the Monstrous Pencil Case that makes anyone wish for an excuse to carry a bunch of pencils and erasers around in this wild pencil case! Be sure to make one of these to get the prestigious Coolest Parent Ever Award!
DIY Lunch Bags
Lunch sack? Check. Snack bags? Check. Sandwich bags? Check. Cutlery bag? Check. And finally, water bottle holders? Check! Not only do we officially have sewing projects for everything lunch related, but we have a wide variety of designs as well. Make this Colorful No Sew Lunch Bag from duct tape for a super simple (and sturdy!) lunch bag that your child will love. For a more elegant and rustic option, we suggest you sew this Mini Quilt Lunch Sack that features a modern quilted design. Or, for a really funky option, try this Cool and Compact Lunch Bag Tutorial that will make your child the coolest kid in school for having a see-through lunchbox!
DIY Classroom Organizers
Help your child keep track of their schoolwork with these clever DIY organizer sewing projects! These DIY school supplies are must-haves: protect your books with this cool Reversible DIY Book Cover, or make this Load-It-Up Laptop Slipcase so that your kid will never lose track of their laptop cords and accessories again. These DIY organizers are so handy you might want to make a few extra ones for yourself!
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