A+ Projects For a New School Year

As the end of summer draws near, students from across the US are gearing up for a new school year. However, due to social distancing guidelines, this year could be very different for students and parents. Instead of being in a classroom, some students will be taught via online learning. This will present some unique challenges for both kids and parents. To help ensure a smooth transition and to create an environment optimal for learning no matter your physical location, we’re offering helpful tutorials to keep everyone organized and on the right track. As a bonus, we’ve put together a fun BERNINA giveaway at the bottom of the post!

 

Library Book Tote and Pencil Case: Finished pencil case

Kreative Kymona created a fun book tote with matching pencil case, perfect for carrying school supplies. Find the Book Tote and Pencil Case tutorial here.

Backpack tutorial

You might think the idea of creating a backpack with lots of zippers and adjustable straps may seem like a daunting project but trust me—if you can sew a straight line you can make this bag. Click to find the Connect the Boxes Backpack Tutorial here.

If your child will be learning at home, experts suggest creating a dedicated spot for completing homework. These tutorials can help keep a small study space organized.

Open Wide Pencil Case Tutorial

Keep pencils, pens, erasers, and other little study supplies in one place with this Open Wide Pencil Case tutorial.

Embroidered Tray

This quilted fabric catch-all tray also makes a great desktop organizer. Create your own Quilted Tray following this tutorial.

This handy DIY fabric bin is large enough to store desk supplies out of sight if you’re using a kitchen or dining room table as a regular study space. Get the Fabric Storage Bin tutorial here.

Zipper pouches are always handy for holding school supplies, lunch money, art supplies, or even face masks and hand sanitizer.

Mask_Carrying_Pouch_Finished

Make a Mask Carrying Pouch that holds both clean and used masks, a good way to make sure that used masks can be kept safely contained until they can be laundered.

This sweet Cat Zipper Pouch has a handy tab with a key chain to attach to their backpacks. Perfect size to add some lunch money, lip balm, and whatever other small trinkets they want to keep out and in the ready!

Sewing Tutorial for a zippered pouch with a chalk board on the front... so cute for back to school or for a teacher appreciation gift

Stitch a fun Zipper Pencil Case with Chalk Board Fabric for practicing lettering, and is lined with oil cloth for easy cleaning.

Stitch a simple zipper pouch and add fussy-cut fabrics to personalize the design. Learn how with the Embellished Zipper Pouch tutorial here.

Create a spot in the backyard or a corner in your home with any of these fun projects to create your own “Reading Nook!”

Cozy Cushion tutorial

Create a fun, cozy beanbag made with faux fur! It’s sure to become a favorite, comfy reading spot. Find the Bean Bag Chair tutorial here.

This handy Reading Pillow has handles so you can carry it wherever you want to read, and doubles as a comfy floor cushion for sitting inside or out.

Use favorite fabrics to create a bright, cheery Floral Floor Cushion to turn anywhere into a sunny reading spot.

In warm weather, turn your backyard into the perfect reading spot with the Relax Anywhere Mat Tutorial.

Back-to-School Giveaway!

One lucky WeAllSew reader will win a fun prize package to help any student get back to learning! You could win one large gray BERNINA branded back pack, BERNINA notepad and pens, and a handy retractable BERNINA tape measure!

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question, “What kind of back-to-school projects or crafts do you sew?” The the giveaway is open through Friday, August 21, 2020.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the WeAllSew.com blog by  Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Good luck!

48 thoughts on “A+ Projects For a New School Year

  1. The three youngest of 10 grandchildren now being homeschooled will need little accessory pouches to keep all their pencils in place I like to make a little zipper pouches for them on my Bernina 790+

  2. As a mom of two young kids, I’ll be making masks, masks, masks for the kiddos and their friends. And am looking forward to making a few of the mask pouches above!

  3. The kiddo’s picked out their fabrics and I’m making school bags with matching zipper bags for pencils and back-packs. They’re excited to help me with creating their new school accessories!

  4. I like to make the zipper bags for binders ITH. Right now I have no kids in school and a granddaughter who is too young for school. I am going to make her this backpack with a couple of matching zipper bags to go with it for her to take when she goes fishing, camping, hiking, etc. She is almost 3 and loves to “help” me sew!

  5. I am totally into the reading pillow. It’s next on my sewing list. A perfect dorm room addition. I’ve made pencil cases (homemade are so much cooler) and lots of masks for my college students

  6. I am making children’s masks, two backpacks, several pencil cases, and fabric-covered project folders with each child’s name embroidered on it – for grandchildren who will be learning a in home.

  7. I have been sewing face masks for the caregivers and other adults who work at a children’s home in my home town. This facility is a residential “home” that provides a group foster-care-like setting to propel children out of unsuitable living conditions and onto the road to becoming successful adults.

  8. I already made a bock journal case with pocket for ID, pencil and notebook for my son, by the way I made a zipper pencil bag for myself, (for my fabric pens) my son goes to school and I’m going to sew. Thank you all you that help us with the wonderful ideas.

  9. My daughter is a teacher and I usually make her a skirt or dress for the first day of school. This year I’m making a bunch of school themed face masks so she doesn’t have to wash them every day.

  10. I try to make the kids new pencil cases & matching backpacks every year. This year is going to include some floor pillows after seeing this. Thanks for the great ideas!

  11. I make bookmarks mask for kids and in the past have made a few quilts for homeless school kids. I love the idea of making the bags for clean and dirty mask

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