Simple Pencil Case
As easy as it gets - calico draw string bags personalised with a stamp and filled with pencils. Add a plain journal or sketch pad for older kids, a colouring or drawing book for younger kids.
Pillowcases are simple to sew, especially if you have an overlocker to give it a more finished looks, but zig zag stitch would be fine. Personalising them makes them a bit special. We often give these with a bag of worry dolls or a good book. We gave this pillowcase with a book of bed-time poetry.
I've made a billion of these little skirts for my girls and their friends. Super easy. It's all about the cute ribbon you use. There is a tutorial here. Probably works best for the 3 and under crowd.
favourite books but a purse, or a magnifying glass, or a torch would be good too.
Satchels and Envelopes
I've been doing lots of small sewing lately. I tend to go in cycles - after lots of small things I like to get my teeth stuck into a major project like a quilt, after a quilt I need a lot of small projects. Our school has its annual harvest festival coming up, so I've been making bags, knitting hats and creating little things for that. I'm almost ready for the next big project which will be a quilt for Lily, who will move into her own bed this year (I hope).