Although it’s been years, I still remember how loved I felt when Mom included something she’d made in my back-to-school supplies. School Day Organizers you can sew are the perfect way to send a touch of home along with your sweet littles for the new school year. They’re quick to make, easy to personalize and a practical way to say “you are loved” all day long!
Monogrammed Zipper Pouch
Help your little scholar keep track of their supplies with this delightful Monogrammed Zipper Pouch designed by Crystal for the Make It & Love It blog. Crystal’s super little pouch is fully lined and padded to protect any essentials that need organization. Choose your letter and watch for the possibility of design adjustments if you have a very wide or very skinny letter. Crystal’s excellently illustrated instructions will guide you step by step. Two fat quarters, a small coordinating scrap, a bit of fusible web and a little trim are the basis for this School Day Organizer. A little fusible fleece will add padding and you’ll want to choose a top-quality Coats Zipper for unlimited zipping. Click here for the Monogrammed Pouch tutorial.
Crayon Roll Up
There’s nothing that can make a school day crazier than watching your brand new crayons roll across the room. This charming Crayon Roll Up designed for Make It Coats by Linda Turner Griepentrog is a super-solution! Choose a print you know your sweet student will love, pair it with coordinating rickrack and ribbon, add matching Coats Dual Duty XP All-Purpose thread to match and you’ll be ready to stitch. You’ll also need fusible interfacing to add stability to the outer layer of the Roll Up and a chalk marker to keep everything lined up well. Mini Pom-Poms or Piping would be cool trims around the border, too! Click here for the instructions and link to the PDF download.
Three Ring Zipper Pouch
Notebooks or Binders need their own pouches, but the store-bought versions lack a lot of pizazz. Over on her own blog, Stitched by Crystal, clever Crystal offers a Three Ring Zipper Pouch that you can make into something adorable. Choose fabrics that fit your child’s interests or personal style and get ready to make a very practical pouch that they will love! Big on organization, this pouch includes two zippered pockets and a little protective padding provided by fusible fleece. Crystal’s detailed zipper installation instructions are beginner-friendly and illustrated with nicely labeled photographs. Pick out coordinating Coats thread and a Coats zipper and Crystal will lead you safely through all the steps from there. Click here for the Three Ring Binder Pouch tutorial.
Three Ring Mesh Binder Pouch
To keep finding supplies simple, Becky from the Patchwork Posse designed this see-thru’ pouch for The Ribbon Retreat blog. Who knew you could make your own Mesh Binder Pouch? Becky used ribbon and 5” Charm Squares for her pouch and left it unlined because she loved it floppy. For easy movement inside the binder, she used metal rings that will work for any binder set up your child needs. Becky’s instructions for layering the fabrics and the zipper are super-clear and you’ll find this project quick to make, also. It would make a great companion for the pouch(above) designed by Crystal! Click here for the Mesh Binder Pouch tutorial.
Covered Spiral Notebook
School Day Organizer pouches are great, but I was also pleased to find a fabulous cover tutorial for a spiral notebook on the All People Quilt blog. Clever and oh-so-useful, Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet designed this pocketed cover so that it’s easy to stitch and works well with fat quarters. Choose your child’s print or solid favorites and a bit of batting for padding. Lori’s design will cover a standard 9” x 11-1/2” spiral notebook, but you can easily adjust the cutting measurements if you’re covering a different size. Plan to stitch up several of these, once your pieces are cut, you’ll have just nine steps of stitching until you’re done! Click here for the Covered Spiral Notebook tutorial.
On the Go Organizer
And, finally, an organizer that you may want to make for yourself as well as your school bound child! Amber of the Crazy Little Projects blog has a thorough understanding of the benefits and value of pockets for organization. Her On the Go Organizer includes loads of space for all the things you need to have at your fingertips. Perfect for your littles to corral their school necessities, it’s just right for you and your essential needs, too. From a phone pocket to pen holders, this project has it all. You’ll need a main fabric and accent fabrics plus a little iron-on interfacing and don’t forget your matching Coats Dual Duty thread for the topstitching! Click here for Amber’s On the Go Organizer tutorial.
Even if school is just around the corner or has already started, these quick to make School Day Organizers will be welcome gifts of love for your littles. Think about making them in coordinating fabrics for a super-organized set of handmade delights. Go with whole fabrics or make them quilty – whatever makes it fun. And, while you’re planning, these would all make wonderful holiday or birthday gifts, too!