Looking for some back to school sewing projects for your creative kid?
Here you’ll find plenty of DIY inspiration, back to school sewing ideas and sewing projects for school that’ll cover all the bases from easy to sew bags, handmade wardrobe ideas, teacher’s wardrobe projects, easy accessories to sew and some fun things to boot.
Let’s be real. Sometimes back to school can be a little hectic. All the rushing around getting things together can get a little stressful, especially when you’ve got multiple kids with different needs. Sewing up a project like one of these can be a welcome break in the chaos.
Pick a couple of these back to school sewing projects and work through them on your own or with your child for some quality time before the school bus rolls around.
So sharpen your pencils, and let’s explore some fun sewing projects for back to school.
Back to school sewing projects
Find some quick and easy sewing projects for school that'll help you and your kids get the school year started right. Pick your favorites off this list and take some time in the before school rush to spend some quality time sewing simple handmade bags, easy handmade wardrobe ideas, fun accessories to sew and even teacher's wardrobe ideas.
It's probably impossible to have too many zippered bags, and thankfully, you can make these simple zipper bags in no time. Make a pencil pouch like this to keep school supplies in order in bright happy fabrics that your kids will love to pull out of their bags.
If you have kids in sports, you needed this easy DIY drawstring backpack like yesterday. Sew your own with this sewing tutorial and survive soccer season! Even if you're just getting started sewing, you'll love how easy it is to make a simple drawstring backpack for your kids' sports gear, gym class essentials, pool must-haves, sleepover needs and more.
For growing girls, it's nice to have a waterproof zipper bag to stash some makeup in their backpacks without worry of leakage. Learn how to make a waterproof zipper bag with this easy free pattern.
Fall is coming, and a nice DIY cozy scarf is the perfect thing to keep you warm on your walk to school. Make this easy fringe scarf that's easy enough for kids and almost a no-sew project.
It's always fun to have pom poms on your favorite hat. Learn how to make a faux fur pom pom to add to your kids' winter hats that'll keep them toasty at recess.
DIY hair scrunchies are so easy to make. Learn how to sew a scrunchie from the basic, to the bow scrunchie to the scarf scrunchie.
Learn how to make a velvet infinity scarf. This is a great project to make for kids who love soft fabrics or for a great teacher look for Fall and Winter.
Sew a quick velvet twist headband with this easy tutorial that'll keep your kids' ears warm and hair in check this Fall.
Got an old sweater that needs a revamp? Learn how to make a hat from a sweater with some personality your kids will appreciate.
Use the sleeves from an old sweater to make fingerless gloves. Your kids will love how they keep your hands warm but keep their fingers free to write and more.
Here's how to make a scrap scarf from old sweater pieces. This textural scarf is great for kids' walks to school or for teachers who love bold accessories.
Kids love reading in a cozy corner. Learn how to make chair cushions so they can make any spot they do schoolwork into a comfortable one with these easy to make portable cushions.
Do you remember covering your textbooks in school with brown paper bags? This is much better! Learn how to make a fabric notebook cover and how to make a notebook for any of your kids' books. With a built-in bookmark and fabric that'll make them smile, they're sure to love their reading more with these.
Drawstring bags are such an easy sewing project for beginners. Learn how to make a drawstring bag with this simple drawstring bag tutorial. This might be the most versatile thing a beginner sewer can make! This back to school sewing project is perfect for storing lunch items, bringing show and tell items and more.
Make a sweet doll for littles nervous about their first day of school. These soft friends will be a welcome friend in their backpacks.
Library days need a reading pillow like this! With lots of pockets for notebooks, pens and of course room for a good book and a handle to carry, any kid can make a cozy reading nook anywhere. This is a great project to sew with your kids.
Raise your hand if you've ever had a tough time finding belts for your kids that were the right size (my arm's falling off over here). Learn how to make a fabric belt from fun fabric your child will love that'll actually fit their pants too!
Looking for back to school sewing projects for teachers? They need some style help too. Learn how to add chic ruched sleeves on a t-shirt for a fun look that's 100% school appropriate.
Hate having to pull your shirt down all the time? Fix it for good with this easy to sew shirt extender. More lace = more better.
Up your teacher style by adding on to a plain t-shirt. Learn how to applique on a t-shirt to add some extra flair that'll make you feel more polished walking into teach in the morning.
Add some sporty style to your classroom wardrobe with this easy to make drawstring cowl you can add to your favorite t-shirt pattern.
Button down shirts aren't always the most comfortable when you're teaching. That's why there's the classic henley! Learn how to make a henley tee with this step by step tutorial.
Add some lace to a t-shirt in your closet or one you want to make. These lace cuffs will look great under a jacket or on their own for a fun look you'll love to wear.
Jean jackets are perfect for teachers! If you love to sew, you owe it to yourself to give this classic style a try. Get everything you need to know about how to make a denim jacket.
Add some extra texture to a basic t-shirt with lace appliques. You won't need to wear a necklace on the days you pull out this diy lace applique shirt!
Winter is coming and sweaters though functional can be boring. Learn how to make a DIY ruffle sweater step by step and add some frilly style to your fall and winter wardrobe.
Make t-shirts for all your kids with this raglan t-shirt tutorial. This is a great project for using up knit scraps and it's a quick win back to school sewing project you can make in multiples.
Can't find jeans in your kids' size? Learn how to resize jeans' waists with this simple sewing alteration for a better fit.
Learn how to make a custom t-shirt for your creative kid from their art. They'll love showing off their wearable art at school.
Ever find the perfect t-shirt but the neckline is uncomfortable? Learn how to alter a shirt neckline into a DIY v-neck t-shirt for your kids or yourself.
Learn how to make pants with an adjustable waistband for growing kids. This alteration is one every Mom needs to know!
Learn how to make a sweatshirt for your kids or yourself for a fun casual style that'll keep everybody warm in cooler months.
Make a quick and easy back to school skirt with this beginner friendly sewing tutorial.
Got a spare t-shirt that needs some new life? Learn how to turn a t-shirt into a dress with this easy sewing tutorial. This DIY t-shirt dress is perfect for beginners.
Transform a t-shirt into a comfortable dress with colorful tiers your daughter will love to wear to school.
Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing. She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page’s Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker’s Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines. She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she’s playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.