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Ten Top Cool-for-Back-to-School Bags & Totes

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If you or someone you know is heading back to school, the biggest must-have item is something to carry all the stuff you need. Books, electronics, supplies, lunch, and more - it all has to get from point A to point B. We picked a few of our favorite bag and tote projects to give you ten great ways to look cool for back-to-school. 

Lightweight Designer Backpack

Classic carryall styling: from the padded, adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. And, it's created with Hawthorne Threads' amazing digitally-printed, in-house fabric collections.  Go to the backpack tutorial

Messenger Style Brief

We selected three great shoulder bags in three different sizes. This is the largest of the trio and features both good looks and smart functionality with a design that's right on trend for either guys or gals.  Go to the messenger style brief tutorial

Slim Messenger Bag with Push Locks

Tall and slim, perfect for electronics and accompanying supplies. The modern look of this bag features double tuck locks as the flap's closure. We link to a full, step-by-step tutorial on how to install these with a super-pro finish.  Go to the slim messenger bag tutorial

Kid's Vintage Book Bag

This is the smallest of our shoulder bag set, and actually falls into the satchel category. It's a great size and style for younger back-to-schoolers, but is so very cute, anyone would love it. The retro fabric is killer!  Go to the vintage book bag tutorial

Nap in a Bag: Blanket & Pillow in a Matching Bag

If you have a little one off to pre-school or kindergarten, naps are still on the schedule. This clever portable "sleep set" is a fun solution: a lightweight drawstring bag holds a matching pillow and bound fleece blanket.  Go to the nap-in-a-bag tutorial 

Insulated & Laminated Lunch Bag

Pack up school lunches in a chic lunch bag. It uses cotton laminate for the exterior with PUL for the lining, plus a squeeze clasp and webbing handle. We show the easy steps to its 3-D construction.  Go to the lunch bag tutorial

Mesh Sport Pouches

A zippered pouch is good way to corral the little things inside a larger carryall. This one combines elastic with cotton fabric and mesh pet screen to create a sporty pouch that allows you to see what's inside.  Go to the sport pouch tutorial

Zippered Pencil Cases

An alternative to the mesh pouches above are these pretty fabric pencil cases. They're called pencil cases, but they're really anything-little-thing-you-can-fit-inside-them cases. The center zipper opens up wide to fit lots.  Go to the pencil cases tutorial

Double Zipper Device Sleeve

This compact sleeve sports three inner and outer pockets to hold a variety of devices, from readers to phones and more. It works wonderfully on its own with a wrist strap or pop it inside a larger tote.  Go to the device sleeve tutorial

Beginner-Friendly, Back-to-School Totes

One of the things that makes our Sew4Home exclusive designs stand out is how we're able to blend high-end style and professional finishing details, yet still keep the construction steps clean and easy. This project fits the bill!  Go to the beginner friendly totes tutorial


Comments (5)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Jane Coombs - good reminder. That is another great option to the Nap in a Bag listed above. 

rachelle said:
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i love them all. i'm not sure were to start but i know 2 kids will be very happy come christmas morning.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ rachelle - let us know which ones you pick for those happy kids