Back-to-School Backpacks, Tote Bags, Lunch Bags – Make these Free Sewing Patterns

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The back-to-school season is just around the corner, and one of the most essential items on every student’s checklist is a reliable backpack. The right backpack not only carries textbooks and supplies but also reflects your personal style. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the world of back-to-school backpacks, providing you with top picks and valuable tips to make your selection process a breeze.

Choosing the Perfect Back-to-School Backpack

Selecting the ideal backpack for the upcoming school year can be an overwhelming task. With so many options available, it’s important to consider factors such as durability, comfort, style, and functionality. Here are some key points to keep in mind when making your decision:

  1. Size Matters: Opt for a backpack with ample space to accommodate your textbooks, notebooks, laptop, and other essentials. However, avoid going too large, as an oversized backpack can lead to unnecessary strain on your shoulders and back.
  2. Comfortable Straps: Look for padded shoulder straps that distribute weight evenly, reducing the pressure on your shoulders. Adjustable straps ensure a snug fit, allowing you to customize the backpack’s position for maximum comfort.
  3. Ergonomic Design: Backpacks with ergonomic features, such as padded back panels and lumbar support, promote proper posture and reduce the risk of discomfort or injury.
  4. Organizational Features: Multiple compartments, pockets, and organizers are crucial for keeping your belongings neat and easily accessible. Consider a backpack with dedicated sections for electronics, water bottles, and pens.
  5. Durability and Material: Choose a backpack made from high-quality, durable materials that can withstand daily wear and tear. Water-resistant or waterproof options are particularly useful to protect your belongings during unexpected weather conditions.

Back to school Backpacks have many uses

School bags are one of the most essential school supplies out there. And from personal experience as someone who studied for many years, it is a really good investment to have a couple of different style bags laying around: one for light days, one for heavy book days, one for gym, one for personal items, etc.

Backpacks, School Bags & Lunch Bags Sewing Patterns

So many bags, so many uses…

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Gorgeous Quilted Backpack

Fancy Quilted Backpack Pattern, that’s great for ‘stuff’ to take to school.


One of my favorite bag designs, but I would not add too many books. There are other bags for that.

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Rainbow_crocodile stitch crochet bag pattern

Rainbow Crocodile Stitch Backpack

Awesome Crochet BackPack Pattern, that’s fun for highschool girls as well as younger kids.


Not a book bag, but an everyday bag for personal items.

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free backpack sewing pattern

Beautiful, easy-to- sew Backpack

This bag is so gorgeous.

Personalise the flower to give this bag your own style, or omit it altogether if you like to go with a simpler look.

Give this pattern a go, even if you’re a beginning seamstress. It has lovely details thanks to the variety of fabrics, but is still easy as pie to sew! A winner.

Learn more Free backpack sewing pattern

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The Sturdy Patchwork Books Bag

Reasonable Sturdy Book Bag Patchwork Pattern

Also a favorite bag design, a very relaxed look.

Can hold books, but if your intend is to completely fill it with heavy books, day after day, I would double stitch the seams, and double the handle.

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perfect canvas tote bag sewing pattern

Best Tote bag in town

This is the sturdiest version that can hold quite a few books.

Excellent online pattern, free.Again, look where double stitching is useful.

Get your freebie here: perfect tote bag sewing pattern

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Best Tote bag in town

Shabby Chic Crochet Tote Bag that holds everything, including your books.

Very sturdy as it requires a double thread.

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Duffel Bag style bag

Fancy a gym Bag instead? Then this
Free duffel bag sewing pattern is your answer.

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Floral Lunch Bag

This is just a pretty lunch bag that could be finished with many of your own creating sewing ideas. This contrast fabric trim offers an easy and fast way to personalise the bag and also to keep it closed. I love this simple to sew design.

Back-to-school Lunch-Bag free sewing Pattern

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Fruity lunch bag

If you like making some lunch bags, also review these Fruity lunch or picnic bags: cherries, apples, strawberries, tomatoes, lots of different ideas.

School Lunch Bag that makes you stand out in the crowd.  (Design inspiration is included but pattern not)

All patterns are free! Super amazing.

Back to school fashion is fun. There’s no doubt about that. Actually, there are a lot more ideas on this website that would make suitable Back-to-School gift ideas. Just browse around.

Fabric Choices

Some of my favorite bag fabrics are from Amy Butler, JCarolyne and are discussed at some of the articles mentioned above. Some highlights….

Gorgeous Amy Butler Quilted Fabric

The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags

Four Fabulous Laminated Fabrics for Lunch bags, and related…


By the Yard
Amy Butler Bright Heart Folk Bloom Natural”

I LOVE ALL
THESE FABRICS!!

Or, click here for other, quite different but also beautiful Free Spirit quilting Fabrics

Other Back-to-School Crafts, Projects & Supplies

fun fashion friendship gifts that are easy to make

backpacks, school bags & lunch bags

pencil cases, make-up bags & ‘thingy’ bags

schedulers, organizers, notice boards, locker ideas & desk accessories

college, teenage & kid bed room decorating

I hope you enjoyed all ideas & tutorials and are having a beautiful, fun & productive start of the new school year.

Here’s the Back-to-School ideas – overview page. Come back for more ideas!

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