Back to school sewing projects

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Need a little inspiration for your back to school sewing projects? These back to school ideas are the perfect fit and are so easy to sew, even for beginners!

Back to school sewing projects

Back to school ideas

Tackle the school year and gear your kids up for school by sewing something for your kid! Some of these back to school sewing projects are so easy, even kids can make them if they’re a little familiar with sewing!

I’ve rounded up a few simple sewing projects that are perfectly school appropriate to share with you today! I’ve hesitated to make this compilation because we’re so not excited to go back to school in person, considering the current situation! But then I realized me hiding my head in the sand will not change things and we’ll need to get ready for school no matter what our feelings are!

These back to school sewing projects are so simple, easy and quick, you’ll be ready in no time! It seems like this is the year for face masks so I’ve listed one of my most favorite masks too, as well as ways to keep your little one’s ears safe when wearing those for a long time. There are also patterns and tutorials for clothes (such as leggings, skirts and dresses), pouches, small bags for snacks and lunch pack and much more. Check out these great back to school diy’s!


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School sewing projects

School sewing projects

Back to school Accessories

  • Fitted face mask – It seems like this is the year of face masks and we need to be prepared and have one handy at all times! This 3 layers fitted face mask is made out of quality quilted cotton, fits the face perfectly, is comfortable to wear and offers plenty of room to breath. Plus the kids won’t lose it thanks to the way the elastics are sewn, behind the head instead of ears.

Handmade mask

  • Ear savers for face mask – The elastic ties on masks can become painful when wearing them for many hours straight. If you’re choosing a mask with ear loops, these ear savers will help your kids’ ears safe from irritation.

Face mask ear saver

  • Headband with side buttons for face masks – If you’re not a fan of the ear savers or aren’t sure your kid won’t lose them, this headbad with side buttons are a great replacement. This headband pattern is also great for those trying to keep hair out of their face but also a nice and easy last minute handmade gift idea!

Headbands for nurses

  • Reversible fabric headband – If you’ve been looking for new ways to style your hair, then look no more cause I’ve got the perfect idea: a fabric headband pattern! Super cute and super easy! And the best part is they are reversible so you can wear them many ways and fit many styles!

Homemade headbands

  • Cute knot headband – This simple DIY headband is a great project to get kids hooked on sewing! This is a great project for scrap fabric!

DIY headband


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  • Butterfly hair bows – This project is not only a great scrap buster and mood changer, it’s also a super cheap way to update your little girl’s wardrobe! This butterfly hair bow can be used as a hair tie as I did, hair clip or a cute detail for tops, dresses and headbands!

DIY butterfly hair bow

Back to school clothes

  • Girls leggings pattern – Leggings are the most comfortable thing to wear while on the move, so kids always love them! They are great for sports, playtime or for wearing around the house. This pattern comes in sizes 2T to 16!

Leggings pattern for girls

  • Easy pillowcase dress – These type of dresses are so much fun to make, not to mention cute as a button! I find them also crazy easy to sew and super comfy! So comfy and easy that I made one for myself too (check it out here if you want to mirror your daughter’s look).

Pillowcase dress tutorial for beginners

  • Flutter sleeve dress – Another tutorial that is crazy easy and if you’re more experienced, a pretty quick project! Your little one will love this cute and comfortable dress!

  • Elastic waist skirt – Do you have 20-30 minutes to spare? That’s all you need to make this simple elastic waist skirt pattern, perfect project for beginners as well as kids starting to learn sewing! My daughter made about 80% of this skirt, under my supervision and she was so excited about making her own clothes!

Gathered skirt with elastic waist

  • Paper bag skirt – This paperbag skirt is so sweet and cute and it’s perfect for an active girl since there’s enough room to move, so comfortable! It’s also super simple to make since the skirt is basically a tube, gathered at the waist.

Paper Bag Skirt Tutorial

  • Box pleated skirt – You may be tempted to suspect box pleats are hard to create and sew but trust me, not much gets easier than these pleats! They are probably the simplest and fastest of the pleats family and because they are so wide, take less time to make.

DIY box pleat skirt

  • Reversible apron – Great aid not only for the kitchen but for art classes too, this reversible apron looks so adorable, every little girl will be excited to wear it!

Girls apron pattern

Back to school bags & pouches

  • 6 Pocket tote bag – This 6 pocket tote bag is fun to make, super functional with plenty of pockets and in the perfect size, not too large, not too small!

Multi pocket tote bag

  • This DIY tote bag has a pocket for a tablet, plus a couple of slip pockets for keys and mobile phone!

  • Quilted snap bag for lunch or snacks – This cute snap pouch is quilted from small pieces of scrap fabric and is super fun to make and a great gift idea! I made this bag for my little one as a lunch bag and it’s been her companion for the entire school year, she loved it!

Snap purse

  • Reusable sandwich or snack bag – Before the quilted bag above, Ellie’s lunch bag was this cute DIY reusable snack bags that is waterproof, reusable and food safe! Great for snacks or breakfast/lunch on the go and so easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth!

Snack Bag Tutorial

  • Notebook pencil holder pouch – Does your kid need a neat way to keep pencils, markers and pens organized? Check out this cute notebook pencil holder that doubles down as a bookmark!

Elastic pen holder

  • Quilted zipper pouch – This quilted pouch is super fun to make, chic and so useful to have around! Perfect for keeping all those school supplies organized!

Fabric zipper pouch

  • Lined zipper pouch – This small zipper pouch is so useful and was incredibly easy and fun to make, especially with the fabric choice I had.

Zipper Pouch Tutorial

  • Heart fabric bookmark – These wonderful DIY bookmark ideas are the perfect gift for a person who loves reading and they’re insanely affordable, made out of small scarps of fabric. My fabric bookmarks only need minutes to be ready for use, about 5 minutes for each so you’ll be able to whip up a ton of these cute bookmarks in no time!

Back to school organizers

Heart bookmark

  • School supplies organizer – This super duper school supplies organizer is sewn with felt in just a few minutes! Be ready for any occasion and tidy up with this amazing DIY school supplies organizer!

  • This mini bin is a great pencil holder for your kid’s desk.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of back to school sewing projects and found something useful for your own needs! I would love to know your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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about petro


Hi, I’m Petro, author and founder of Easy Peasy Creative Ideas. Sewist, crafter, avid DIY-er, foodie, photographer, homemaker and mommy to one. I’m an expert at coming up with quick, clever sewing tips, recycling crafts and simple, easy recipes! You can find my ideas featured in reputable publications such as Country Living, Good House Keeping, Yahoo News, WikiHow, Shutterfly, Parade, Brit & Co and more. Thanks for stopping by and hope you’ll stay for a while, get to know me better and come back another time. Stick around for real fun projects! Read more…

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