Back to school with Katia Fabrics! How to sew a school smock: step by step video instructions

Autor: Katia Fabrics
23 August, 2019

It’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school again and we want to help you get everything ready. In today’s step by step video tutorial we are going to show you how to make a school smock. This includes all aspects of the project from the front button placket, shirt collar and gathered cuffs through to the pockets and bottom hem. This is a detailed project, and furthermore, a useful one whereby you can combine together two poplin prints of your choice. What better way to start school than with a school smock made by your very own mum. With this step by step video tutorial you don’t have any excuses. You can make it for school, the playgroup or even for the home.

How to sew a school smock

How to sew a school smock

We have used our breathable 100% cotton poplin fabric, which is both easy to clean and iron, to make this school smock. As a result, it is an ideal choice for these kinds of projects. We will give you a list of the materials and tools you are going to need to follow. Furthermore, we will also give you some useful tips to help you improve your sewing results. You will soon see how easy it is to sew this school smock for your little one with the help of the step by step video tutorial. In addition to the smock pattern, the instructions also include a simple drawstring bag/backpack.

school smock materials


  1. Sewing pattern L5: School smock & bag Pattern

  2. Fabric A: Pioneer Hipos poplin

  3. Fabric B: North Scape Coord poplin

It is important that the fabric has been washed and ironed before starting to work with it.

  • Interfacing

  • Buttons

  • Thread


  • Scissors

  • Pins

  • Paper scissors

  • Measure tape

  • Marker

  • Iron

  • Sewing Machine

school smock details

First, carefully read the instructions. This post showing “How to interpret Katia Fabrics sewing patterns” may help you.

Second, cut the paper pattern pieces.  This post showing “How to trace and cut out the pattern” may help you.

Once all the pieces have been cut out then you are ready to start sewing.


The pattern is an intermediate level and you will learn how to make a button placket, pockets, buttonholes, a shirt collar, yoke and sleeves with gathered cuffs. This is a very comprehensive project giving you the chance to learn various different sewing techniques.

school smock buttons

Overlock or zig-zag stitch the edges of all the pieces to avoid the fabric edges unravelling.

If it helps you whilst sewing, you can baste the edges of each seam together first before sewing by machine.

Carefully follow all steps of the instruction with the help of the video tutorial, and you’ll have your beautifull bag ready to go before you know it. We encourage you to visit all our tutorials “Learn to sew” where we teach you different techniques that you can apply in many of your sewing projects.

All the pieces already have the 3/8″ (1.5 cm) seam allowance included.

We hope that you give it a go and that we can see your results using the hashtag #katiafabrics

sew a school smock

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