Sewing with kids can be a fun experience as long as you keep in mind that children’s fingers are a little clumsier than an adult. Here are five great beginning sewing projects that kids will love:
1. Bean Bag – There are many children’s games that use a bean bad. Why not let kids make their own? You can make bean bags in a variety of shapes and sizes for any game or project. You can also decorate the bean bag with button eyes and so on to create different creatures like bugs or bunnies. All you need are two pieces of material cut to the same size and shape, some thread and a needle. Have the kids draw a simple oval or square or whatever shape they want the beanbag to be. Then cut out the material and have them sew on any decoration or buttons to the top side. They can also decorate with glitter and glue if you prefer. Once the top is decorated have the children sew the two sides together, leaving a small space to fill with beans or rice. After filled, complete the edges and the bean bag is done.
- 2. Tic-Tac-Toe Game – This is a great portable game and an easy sewing project. First get two square pieces of felt of a light color. Then you will need black yarn or thick thread and a needle. Have kids sew a tic-tac-toe pattern on one square. Then have them sew together three of the edges of the two squares, forming a pocket. You can use the pocket to store markers, such as black and white buttons, to serve as the Xs and Os.
3. Tote – Another easy project, all you need are three pieces of material. Two of the pieces should be cut in a rectangular shape in the size that you want the tote to be. The third piece should be cut into one to two inch strips about a foot long to serve as handles. Have the kids sew three sides of the two large pieces of material together, forming a pocket. Then have them sew on the handles to each side.
- 4. Button Pictures – If your children love buttons like I did when I was little then this project is for them. Get a lot of buttons in various shapes and sizes and have them create a work of art. I used thread to make stems and petals on button flowers, or you can do button rainbows. There are many different ideas that kids can come up with.
5. Pillow – A pillow is very simple for kids to make. Take two pieces of material cut to the right size and decorate as desired. Then have the kids sew the edges together, leaving a hole to stuff the pillow. Once it is stuffed, sew it up and you have a cute pillow to decorate with.
These five projects are very simple and should be a lot of fun for a child just learning how to sew.