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.


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!

The giveaway is now closed, thanks to our WeAllSew fans who entered. Congratulations to our winner, @terrischmidt!

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!

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