Back to school season offers sewing opportunities for DIY

It’s back to school time, ‘sew’ it’s only fitting that to look into cool things for the kiddos. The first item that comes to mind, of course, is backpacks. These shoulder harnesses have gone from simply carrying books and lunches to making a statement. There are a plenty of patterns and ideas to make a truly unique pack, as well as, the added challenge of working with a tougher material.

For the novice there is help. The Sewing Cafe in Pismo Beach offers classes from beginners to advanced practitioners, as well as the supplies and sewing machines, if needed.


Martha Stewart has a clever idea that can be made with a little bit of wool felt and an extra button or two. A felt pencil case and a notebook cover are a simple and creative way for your favorite student to hold some accessories. The simplicity of the project would also be a great introduction to the beginning sewing enthusiast. has a way of bringing your projects into the 21st century. A padded iPad case would be just the thing to protect a valuable electronic device and look good while doing it. The website offers free instructions on fashioning this case, however, it would be best to get measurements from the device you wish to encase given the speed and frequencies that the digital world changes.

For the college student, a cute accessory for the dorm room might be just the thing. has a clever use for old t-shirts. Instead of carting them off to the nearest Goodwill, why not make a rug. Five to 10 shirts can make a colorful rug to decorate that “starving student’s” room or you could just send money.

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