Back to School Pattern Round-up

It is my favorite time of year- Back-to-School.  Not that I want my kids to go back just yet, I love having them home, letting them stay up late while we play games or watch movies.  No schedules, not commitments, no dance or sports. No homework; summer is great!   The back to school season is great because it is like starting fresh.  All the organization options, fresh pens, sharp pencils, untouched crayons are my favorite things.  I appreciate organization.   In the past I have made backpacks or lunch sacks for my kids, but as they got older they were not so interested in as many Mom-made things (sad but true). So this round up is for adults (though kids might be able to use it too). Back to school organizational stuff for us, after all it is fun sewing for us, too!

Sewing folio from Sew Perfect This is a cute binder with pockets for all your sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutter, marking pens) and a pocket for pattern notes or drawings.  This could also be used just as a portfolio with just a little adjustment.

sew-all

Pencil Case from Lisa and Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar Designs  Here is a cute little tutorial on making a zipper pouch for your pencils but really it is just an all around great pouch.  There is a fun little tab with a keyring so you can attach it in your bag so it won’t get lost. You could use it to hold your cords and chargers for your phone or iPod.  What a useful little bag!

pencil caseFabric Notebook Cover from Amy of Ameroonie Designs for The Ribbon Retreat.  This is a great way to spiff up those boring spiral notebooks (which I love since this is the time of year I can buy them for only 17¢ each).  This tutorial explains how to measure your notebook so that your cover will fit just right.  I love the idea of using novelty fabric as covers or maybe using some fun embroidery designs too would really make them special.  This pattern also has a pocket for a pen or pencil which is very handy.  There is also a ribbon bookmark and an elastic closure.  I will be whipping up a couple of these before school starts.

Fabri-Covered-Notebooks

And because this is fun, how about making a book clutch.  This tutorial is from Sew Kate Sew,  you have to read down a bit to get to the actual tutorial, but once you do there are very clear directions on how to make a recycled book clutch.  Could you imagine this with using a Harry Potter book and wizard fabric?

zipper-book-clutch-tutorialBucket Brigade For organizing your pencils or other supplies, how cute are these little buckets? Atkinson Designs made such a nice pattern using quilting cottons and plastic tubing (you can find it at your local hardware store).  These are perfect for organizing your desk space.

bucket brigade sewing patttern

So many of us use IPads or tablets everyday. What about a holder to prop it up while you are working? I like the  IPad Pyramid Pillow !  With 2 different angle sides, this pillow can hold your IPad horizontally or vertically.  There are even little pockets on the sides to hold pens or papers.

ipad_pyramid_pillow

What are you thinking of sewing to make your life easier? How do you feel about back to school organization?

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