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Perfect Back-to-School Sewing Ideas for You and Your Kids

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Finding the perfect back-to-school sewing ideas can allow you to prepare for the upcoming school year in style. Many useful items are easy to make at home and can save you money on the cost of outfitting your children for school this year. At Fabricana, we provide the fabric and the notions you need to create custom items that are perfect for back to school.

Here are some of the most appealing and practical back-to-school sewing projects to start the school year off right.

Handmade fabric pencil cases

Fabric pencil cases with their own linings can be a great project for you and your kids when planning their back-to-school activities. You will need these supplies for handmade fabric pencil cases:

  • Coordinating or contrasting fabrics
  • Zippers
  • A sewing machine or hand sewing kit
  • Pins or fabric glue


Denim or cotton fabrics are best for these projects because they can stand up to constant use and will often last throughout the school year. Your children will enjoy designing and choosing the fabrics for their own pencil cases. Older children can even help with the construction and sewing to build a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

Unique backpacks

Patterns for backpacks and tote bags can be complex or simple. Finding a pattern that works for your back-to-school needs can allow you to create custom backpacks with durable fabrics like denim or denim twill. This can allow your children to go back to school while showing off their own personal style.

Reusable snack bags

Velcro, fabric and a little work can allow you to create reusable bags for snacks that are colourful and attractive. Cotton, twill and other lightweight fabrics are best suited for these projects and can provide an added layer of protection for snacks that are placed in small plastic bags. By creating a small envelope and using Velcro to seal these reusable bags, you can make any back-to-school snacks even more fun. We even have a YouTube tutorial that shows you how to make a case like this using a zipper!

Fabric water bottle holders

A water bottle holder complete with a convenient pocket and a long strap can make it much easier for your children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Simply choose some fabric and find the right pattern for your water bottle holder to create a useful and functional back-to-school accessory.

To find the perfect fabric for every project on your list, visit the Fabricana website or our brick-and-mortar stores. We provide our customers with the best options for fabric, notions and other sewing necessities in the Lower Mainland, and ship to Canada and the USA. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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