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10 Bags, Pouches & Pencil Cases to Sew for School

Sewing your kids’ school accessories — like pencil cases, book covers and other backpack essentials — certainly saves money. Even better? When I sew patterns like these for my kids, I also feel like I’m more present in my daughter’s everyday life. She is so proud to say “Mom did it for me!” when asked about her fancy school accessories origin. 

10 of the best FREE accessories to sew for back to school

School Supplies Tote Sewing Pattern

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1. School Supplies Tote

You can whip up this cutie with just half a yard of fabric, a 10″ zipper and a scrap of Velcro in a couple of hours. In addition to the slots for markers, the tote includes a zippered pocket to keep little school gizmos safe on the inside (instead of wandering into the bottom of a backpack).

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Small Backpack

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2. Small Backpack

If your kids ask for a brand new backpack every year, take it upon yourself to make their new school bag! Let them pick out a novelty fabric featuring their favorite characters.

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Quick Pencil Case Sewing Pattern

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3. Night Before School Starts Pencil Case

Fast to sew, these pencil cases can be put together in half an hour (or less), despite including a professional French side seam, a zipper and a pull tab. Sew one of these in a fancy printed cotton fabric — don’t forget to prewash so you can throw it in the washing machine later.

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Shark Pencil case sewing pattern

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4. Shark Pencil Case Pattern

This pencil case pattern is simply brilliant: The outside uses fabric scraps, the lining uses red fabric and a metal zipper mimics a shark’s teeth. No wonder my daughter has immediately fallen in love with it!

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3-ring binder pouch Sewing Pattern

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5. 3-Ring Binder Pouch

Here comes my favorite! Using this pouch, kids don’t have to worry about bringing all the right materials to class: Everything will be within one handy binder! This is another one of those little things that make any student’s day special.

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Foldable library Book Tote

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6. Library Book Bag

This lightweight bag can be put together in a few minutes with a serger. The thin bag folds up easily, so you can keep it in a backpack until you need it to carry home some extra library books.

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Japanese adjustable book cover

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7. Japanese-Style Adjustable Book Cover

Here’s a cute alternative way to cover a book — with fabric! These lined covers have a pocket that slips onto the back cover and an adjustable flap on the front. That way, they can fit any book, no matter how thick. The tutorial includes instructions for customizing it to fit your favorite book.

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Tablet Case and Stand Sewing Pattern

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8. Prop-Up Tablet Case

This last pattern makes a tablet sleeve that doubles as a stand for hands-free reading. Nowadays tablets and smartphones are part of everyday life, so go ahead and dress them up with colorful fabric.

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Headphone wrapper

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9. Rosanna Headphone Wrapper

Does your student seem to be constantly plugged into their headphones? Keep those cords from getting tangled with an easy-to-sew headphone corral. 

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DIY ID card holders

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10. Card.It Card Pouch

Sick of lost student ID cards? Give your student one of these pouches meant to hold ID cards, credit cards, bus passes and loose change. Add a keychain attachment so they can clip it to their backpack.

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felt patches for kids

Get Your Kids Sewing!

Let your kids embellish their sewing projects with DIY patches. Everything you need comes in this handy kit.Check It Out

5 Comments

Barbara Quinn

I really like this site I can see what is new for my “G”kids back to school needs.

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Irene // Serger Pepper Designs

Thank you, Barbara!
I am so happy you liked this collection I have curated! What are you going to sew, first? I m curious like a cat ?
Irene // Serger Pepper Designs

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Robyn

Some of these can be made for kids of any age. I think my adult Uni student will find the 3 ring binder pouch, the adjustable book cover and the tablet case very handy!

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Irene Valle

I totally agree with you, Robyn!
I would love to sew some of these for me too, which I am definitely no more a student, by no means 😉

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Kellie

These are great! I’m thinking of the binder pouch for sewing notions / needles when going to my friends for sewing/knit night. I already bring a little binder that holds my pattern and fabric pieces or my knitting things. Sew much better than throwing them loose into my bag. Thanks!

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