Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Here are this year’s top ten sewing patterns for back to school clothes. I chose great basics that layer well to transition easily to fall. A larger size range was a criteria as well, because I want to get lots of use for my money. These patterns are designed for comfort, fit, and style. This post contains affiliate links for brands I trust and use. Read on!

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Sew your kids stylish in these casual basics with a larger size range

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Morrison Tee by Hey June

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Morrison Tee from Hey June

Description:  A casual boxy fit dolman tee. Options include banded sleeves, cap sleeves, or long sleeves. Choose a hi-low hem, a straight hem, or either version with a front tie hem. Sizes 6-16

Star Top from Blaverry

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Star Top by Blaverry

Description:  Classic knit boat neck tee with 3 different sleeve options. Beautiful construction method. Sizes 2T-16

*see my Star Top here

Four Seasons Cardigan from EYMM

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Four Seasons Duster from EYMM

Description: Open-front draped cardigan witch 2 length variations, 5 sleeve options and an optional integrated hood. Size newborn-18 tween

Jalie 3462 Cora Running Tights & Shorts  

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Cora Running Tights from Jalie


Description: Ankle length leggings or mid-thigh length shorts with wide waistband and practical pocket at the back. Seamless between the legs. Girls sizes 2-13 and women’s sizes 4-22.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Luna Loungewear from Love Notions

Cami tank, knee-length nighty, bralette, capris and shorts. The bralette can be worn on its own or paired with the cami and nighty as a shelf bra. The capris and shorts feature an elasticated waistband with optional drawstring, faux fly and side-seam pockets. The capris and shorts can be made from woven or knit fabrics while the cami and nighty are meant for knits. Sizes 2-16 and 8-16 in plus sizes.

My tester version is shown above. Click here to read more about this pattern.

Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Pattern For Back To School Clothes: The Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

This collection contains six separate patterns for knit fabrics: shirt, dress, shorts, capris, tunic and skirt. The shirt, tunic & dress have a sweet peek-a-boo back that’s just the right amount of fun. The double layer circle skirt has a pick-up detail to add even more fun as well as the ability to attach shorts or capris. Sizes 2-14.

Yo Ho Henley from P4P

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Yo Ho Henley from Patterns for Pirates

Unisex tee with  short, 3/4 rolled up, or long hemmed or banded sleeve options. T-shirt or tunic length with traditional t-shirt neckband and open Henley placket neck option. There is also a hood option with the Henley placket and thumb-hole cuffs for the long sleeves. Sizes 3 months-14 years.

Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs


Codor blocked hoodie with lined or unlined wrap hood  and inset kangaroo pocket. Designed for sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, or medium weight knits with 35% stretch. Sizes 6 months-16 years.

Boheme Skye from Striped Swallow Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Boheme Skye by Striped Swallow Designs

Tunic, midi and dress length with a cascading handkerchief hem.  Sleeve options include tank, short, elbow length, or long. Sizes 2T-14.

Mini Hudson Pants by True Bias

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: True Bias Hudson Pants

Full length or mid-calf skinny sweat pant with an elastic waistband, drawstring, pockets, and cuffs. The fit leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and tapers into a skinny leg.  Size 2-10. (Adult size Hudson Pants fit tweens and teens.)


I hope this helps you shop sewing patterns for back to school! Do your kids wear uniforms? I’ve got you covered! Check out my list of school uniform sewing patterns. I also have a Pinterest Board filled with all the children’s sewing patterns I love. 


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Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes

If you want to make a store bought costume more original, or just need to save some money this year; this post is for you. I’ve made some elaborate costumes over the years, but I think the easy DIYs and budget friendly costumes are the best. Here are some of my favorites from the past; and some tips for DIY Halloween costumes.

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes

Add A Cape

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Girls Comfy Batman Costume

This Batman costume was fully handmade, but you can add a superhero applique or fabric paint to any store bought tee for a super comfy costume. Or, get off the hook completely and just buy a superhero shirt. Alternatives are wizards, vampires, Zorro, Elsa, etc.

You need a cape though! I love this no sew cape tutorial and template from Jolly Mom.


Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Easy Flapper Costume

Shop your own closet or thrift a suitable dress to make this adorable flapper costume. Add pearls and lace (or the entire contents of your craft room) for a sweet, 1920’s look. Variations: Wild west/saloon girl, mob boss, witch, fairy, etc.


Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes & Tons Of DIY Ideas | Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn

Chop off pants or overalls for a Mark Twain themed costume. Every little boy has a pair of highwater pants and a dingy old t-shirt, right? Here’s my Tom & Huck Photoshoot with my gremlins nephews.

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn

Carry a whitewash paintbrush for Tom, or maybe a rope belt for Huck. Don’t forget a straw hat! A similar idea for girls would be long dresses, bonnets, and aprons for a Little House On The Prairie look.

Just Be A Pirate

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Easy No Sew Pirate

Pirate costumes are easy because nothing needs to be hemmed. Leave your edges raw and let them fray. Don’t bother cutting nicely. It doesn’t need to fit properly, and nothing has to match. Shop your closet.

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Easy No Sew Pirate Costume

Make a sash with a long rectangle of any fabric; an old sheet will do. Chop off pants and add a drawstring pouch for trick or treating. Cut the sleeves and hems off a shirt to make a vest. Cheap plastic swords and eyepatches are a fun addition. Use these same tips to make a hobo or rodeo clown. See my family pirate costumes for more ideas!

Glam It Up

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Girly Tin Man Costume

This DIY Tin Man costume was made with inexpensive metallic fabric. In fact, the whole outfit cost less than $20 to make! You can add a tutu and bow to a store bought costume for a cute no- sew DIY. You certainly don’t have to sew to make a glam costume. Start with sweatpants and a sweatshirt if you like. You can girlify any costume by adding ruffles and lace. Which brings me to the next tip:

Glue It

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Wicked Witch

Seriously, glue it. Tape it. Heck, staple it! This awesome Wicked Witch Costume was based on the Disney movie, Oz The Great And Powerful. I love the costumes in that film, omg.) When I couldn’t figure out how to make the winged shoulders work with a sewing machine, I got out the hot glue gun. Done in an hour!!

Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes | Wicked Witch


Tips & Ideas For DIY Halloween Costumes

Top off any costume with a fun halloween fascinator. Or wear it to work/school and pretend to be festive if you aren’t in a costume mood. My fascinator tutorial will show you dozens of ideas to complete your look. (Or pretend to give a darn.)

Dollar store jewelry is your friend on Halloween. Dig in your kids toy box for props. Glue some yarn to a baseball cap to make a wig. Make spats or boot overs. (Maybe I’ll make a tutorial soon? It’s basically a leg warmer!)


Makeup or face paint is a given, but think outside the box. Don’t forget about temporary tattoos if it goes with your costume. Colorful hair extensions are fun. Glitter is everything.

Not for children or the feint of heart: I superglued rhinestones onto my face once. You can superglue gold gems to your teeth too. (Yes, I swear. And while I’ll be super impressed with your hardcore Halloween attitude, I assume no liability if you superglue anything to your body. Use discretion, obviously.)

Oh, zombie makeup and fake blood makes anything a costume, bonus points for an 80’s prom zombie. Iconic outfit zombies are awesome…Marilyn’s white dress, anyone?

I hope I’ve got some ideas churning in your head. I bet you can fashion a costume right now with things you already have. What’s your favorite costume you’ve made or worn?

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Best School Uniform Sewing Patterns

The Best PDF Patterns for Sewing School Uniforms

Looking for school uniform sewing patterns? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’ve got it all the patterns you need for back to school; here in one handy list. This my updated list (originally published at Serger Pepper.)

School Uniform Sewing Patterns| Best Patterns For Back To School


My top 3 picks for shirts should keep your littles well dressed all school year.


Stellars Vest from Elegance & Elephants

Stellar's Vest & Dress pattern from E&E |School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Sleeveless v-neck vest with banded arm holes. Perfect to throw over a polo or button up top. Goes up to size 10.


Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns

Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Mandarin collar with button placket, back yoke, and short or long sleeves. Includes sleeve tab and pocket options. Up to size 8.


Classic Polo by PeekABoo Patterns

Classic Polo from Peekaboo Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Long or short sleeved polo with collar & button placket. Unisex and easily customizable.


These patterns will give you the most variation for your money, while staying within the dress code.



Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Patterns


Classic Chinos | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

The perfect khaki pants pattern for school uniforms. Also includes shorts length chinos. Up to size 12.


Beach Bum Bermudas by Peekaboo Patterns

Bermuda Shorts by Peekaboo Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

A more casual alternative to chino shorts. Up to size 8.


Lottie Skirt by Brownie Goose

Lottie Skirt by Brownie Goose| School Uniform Sewing Patterns

A fitted waistband with button or hook and eye closure, gathered skirt or box pleats, and professional 3″ hem. Up to size 14.


Layering Patterns

These patterns will help transition your school uniform wardrobe in between seasons.


Basic Leggings by Serger Pepper

Basic Leggings pattern from Serger Pepper | School Uniform Sewing Patterns for Back To School

Leggings to keep legs warm under skirts or shorts.


V-neck cardigan by PeekABoo Patterns, 3 mos-12 years

V-neck Cardigan pattern from Peekaboo Patterns| School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Button up cardigan with banded sleeves and waistband.



Patterns you need for gym class to the lunch room.


Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns For Pirates | Best PDF Patterns for Back To School

Basketball style shorts with curved or straight legs, panel piping or stripes, and faux or working drawstring waistband. These will look great in gym class!


Backpack for Toddlers by Filles a Maman

Backpack For Toddlers pattern, Filles a Maman

For smaller kids, this backpack is perfect for back to school! Pattern includes 2 versions.


Love Your Lunchbox from Gingercake

Love Your Lunchbox pattern from Gingercake | Best Back To School Sewing Patterns

Handy lunchbox pattern with bonus snack pouch.

These are my picks for school uniform sewing patterns. If you want to get a head start on fall and winter wardrobe planning, check out this free printable checklist from Gracious Threads.

To purchase  school uniforms, The Childrens Place is your best bet. They have a good size range and lots of colors available. Click the button below to shop my affiliate:)

Hope this helps you get geared up to sew. You might like some of my sewing boards on Pinterest. That’s where I pin all the things I want to sew…but never get around to making. Sigh…

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Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn inspired Photo-Shoot

Tom & Huck inspired photo-shoot| SewsNBows

Last summer I had the opportunity to contribute to the Sew Many Books series at Nap-Time Creations. Emily’s series was a blast! I planned a whole weekend of camping around these photos.

Huck Finn | SewsNBows

I chose The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for my book. The idea was to sew an outfit based on the chosen book. I’ve probably never enjoyed a blogging series so much. My nephews were excited to get a big photo shoot. It’s usually the girls getting all the camera attention. (I feel so guilty for that!!)

Anyways, it was just meant to be a fun weekend, but it turned I to something bigger. I got really deep in my Sew Many Books post, which I don’t do here often. You should go see it if you missed it. If nothing else, just so y’all know I’m capable of proper grammar!

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn

I read bits of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to the kids that weekend. They were very intrigued by a world where kids could roam free; unaccounted for. (With makeshift weapons.)

They were also confused about the concept of slavery; and it sparked a big discussion around the campfire that evening.

Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer photo shoot | SewsNBows

You can tell a kid about history; but they had trouble understanding that level of ugliness. A park ranger was doing night patrol and overheard the intense discussion with my little daughter and nephews.

Tom Sawyer photo-shoot| SewsNBows

He gave us a little smile and nod; listening to these kids try to make sense of craziness. My husband, myself, and that park ranger were realizing that God makes all children innocent. It was a profound moment. I can’t explain it.

cute Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn inspired photos

Even though we talked about heavy subject matter; we had lots of childlike fun. We played in the mud and got dirty.

Modern Day Huck Finn | SewsNBows

We rode bikes down a hill into the lake.

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn photo shoot for boys

I realized that sometimes I’m in a hurry for no reason.

Huck Finn inspired photo-shoot | SewsNBows

Right now, I’m in a hurry for warmer weather, so I can take these brats camping again!

Oliver+S Sketchbook Shorts for Huck Finn Inspired Photo Shoot | SewsNBows

Julian (Huck) is wearing Oliver+S Sketchbook Shorts in unidentified khaki fabric from the stash.

Pier 49 Convertible Pants from Peekaboo Patterns

Evan (Tom) is wearing Peekaboo Patterns Pier 49 Convertible Pants in an eggplant colored, hand dyed linen.

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn | SewsNBows

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had my blessing to ruin their shorts. I’ll never forget their faces when I told them to get as filthy as they like. Letting kids bathe in dirt is a special liberty reserved for aunts.

Huckleberry Finn, gone fishin'!

Today, I might play hooky from all the stuff I should be doing. It feels like a good day to make a mess; doing something fun with the kids!


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Pirate Costume Reveal!

Girls DIY Pirate Costume

I’ve been working on these costumes forever, and I can’t wait to share with you!

Here are Bella & cousin Julian having a sword fight.

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A few more shots…

DIY Pirate Costumes

DIY Pirate Costumes

DIY Pirate Costumes

(You can click here to see how I made her shirt.)

Bella has a tutu that I couldn’t get her to wear. I guess tutus & sword fights don’t mix.

DIY Pirate Costumes

DIY Pirate Costumes

DIY Pirate Costumes

I couldn’t get a pirate shirt on Julian, he felt like wearing his T-shirt. Shoes didn’t happen either. And that’s okay.

Evan’s a mess. He wouldn’t even put his costume on. Three year olds, sheesh. But hey, we don’t sweat the small stuff around here.

I was so nervous making Mr. SewsNBows costume. I’m not really sure why! He has really good craftsmanship in everything he does, so I worked hard to make sure all my stitches were perfect, my seams lined up, etc.

DIY Pirate Costumes

But he took one look and gave me a big ole smile! He was a very happy guy. And I think he’s about the handsomest pirate ever.

DIY Pirate Costumes

My costume took the longest. Oh, the corset gave me fits. It laces in front and back. I need help to take it on and off. I got stuck in it once, with one arm above my head. Very awkward. Here’s the back:

DIY Pirate Costumes

Dont look too closely or you’ll see all my technical difficulties. It definitely gives me good posture though. (Especially since I can’t bend over when I’m wearing it! )

I added a lacy bustle to the muslin skirt, with gold buttons. It’s a circle skirt with another circle ruffle. I didn’t finish edges or iron. Pirates don’t iron!

DIY Pirate Costumes

I didn’t need any more bulk on top, so I opted for sleeves, no shirt. I used a Greecian sleeve pattern and added elastic on top & bottom. I added lace to the cuffs.

Here’s the best part: I made secret pirate undies!! (They are just boxer shorts with elastic in the leg holes.) But they keep me decent since a circle skirt tends to have a lot of movement, and I tend to have to chase kids around.

DIY Pirate Costumes

And not to be indecent, but they really look like old timey underwear with the corset.

DIY Pirate Costumes

I confess, my corset is made pretty sloppy…but I sort of love how everything came together. It turned out just like my sketch. It had the most details…but guess who got all the attention when we went to the parade?

This guy. That’s why I’m stabbing him.

DIY Pirate Costumes

He survived though, and we made up.

I sure hope you enjoyed this post. I did! Let me know if you want any tutorials. Unless its the corset. I need a few tutorials on those!

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