The Back to School season is those last few days of the holiday, when thoughts turn towards the new term. Sewing items for school needn’t be complicated, and many projects such as making boot bags and pencil cases is simply working with rectangles of fabric. There is plenty of opportunity to learn or develop needlework skills when thinking of back to school projects.
Projects can be as simple or complex as you require. Even the most basic project can be adapted to include embroidery or other subtle adornments if required.
An interesting project is this ‘pencil case for a binder’. This includes a complete tutorial explaining how to make this handy item. A crayon case might be useful for younger children. This pattern for a crayon holdall could be adapted to make a good case for pencils and other useful equipment.
Backpacks and Bags
Backpacks and bags are also useful to make. These can be adapted easily by adding pockets and trims. There is a pattern and instructions at Happy Things. There are clear photographs which walk you through the different stages of making the bag.
A version of this bag made from a thin cotton would also make a good boot bag which is useful for keeping dirty sports shoes away from everything else. Another variation would be to make this in a waterproof fabric for a bag to carry wet swim wear.
Altering School Clothes
One of the most basic skills which is useful to know when thinking of back to school sewing, is hemming and knowing how to make seams. This is important if school clothes are bought a little on the large size giving the youngster room to grow into it! Many skirts, trousers and blazers are bought a couple of sizes two large and knowing how to take up a hem and make a seam can help fit the garment. Just remember not to trim away any excess fabric as you will need this later to when taking the seams out again!
As well as knowing how to take up a hem or make a seam, knowing how to let seams out is important too. This will might give a little more wear from school uniform.