Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Children
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Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Children

Quick and easy sewing projects for kids. Simple ideas that can be adapted for all ages.

It is always great fun when you have children that are interested in a new skill like sewing.  Sewing of course is a great way to help show children how to repair something that is torn instead of throwing the item away and buying new. 

A great easy sewing project to start off with is, sewing socks.  Yes, that's right.  Get them started with a basic pulling stitch that will mend a sock.  Here is what you will need to get started on this basic project.

1) Socks with holes in them.  Everyone has a few, heck if you don't think they are quite ready for the rag bin, then why not get them mended up for longer use.

2) A standard light bulb.  Save up some burned out ones, this is great if you are planning to teach a group of children.

3) Cotton thread.  This can be purchased at most craft supply places.  You want to use the cotton thread because the thickness is that of the material used to make the socks.

4) Needles.  Make sure you get ones that are large enough for little fingers to grip and with large enough eyes to thread. 

5) Last but not least don't forget the scissors.

Now let's get this sewing project started so you can teach the little ones what to do. 

1) Turn the sock inside out.

2) Place a light bulb inside the sock.

3) Make sure the hole is around the top of the bulb this will give you a greater area to work surface.

4) Time to thread the needle.  For this project it is best to work with two threads.  Make sure you cut a long enough piece of thread to tie the ends together.

5) Now it is time to start sewing the hole of your sock closed.  Slip the thread through one end of the hole and stretch the thread to the other side.  pull the sides of the hole together. Wrap the thread around to the beginning stitch side, right next to the first stitch, do this again. Repeat the process all the way to the end of the hole. 

6) Tie off.  Slip through the center portion of a few of the stiches and pull the remaining thread through, then wrap the thread around leaving a small loop, slide in one more time, pull tight.  Cut off the extra thread.

7) Slide the sock off the bulb, turn right side out and check your handy work.

This is just one simple way of helping the children work with the smaller hand/eye coordination technique.  Now, lets look at some fun projects that you can sew with the kids!

Create a plastic canvas tote

This project is great to work with for the younger children around the ages of 4 and up.  Okay, if you are a little iffie you might want to consider 5 and up. 

Plastic canvas is quite versitale as to what can be created with it.  The simplest things of course are one that require very little cutting of the materials and well, minimal prep work for you. 

Plastic canvas now comes in a variety of colors.  Which will keep sewing to a minimum for little ones.  We all know how quickly they can sometimes get bored working on a project. 

Reach for those yarn scraps. They will be perfect use for this sewing project.  You will also need the large crafting needles.  You can find them with dull points and also in plastic as well.  The eyes of the needles are nice and big and are quite helpful with little fingers.

For supplies there are a lot of great websites to get some of the best deals on your materials.  So be sure to shop around.  If you don't have time, be sure to check your discount super centers or craft stores.  Sometimes, you can even talk the managers into giving you a discount for purchasing large quantities. 

Time to get started on this project.  First off you will want to determine how large of a tote you would like each child to have.  Remember the larger the tote the more materials you will need to purchase.   We are going to keep ours small for this sample project, but please feel free to adust as you see fit. 

We will be creating a 6" by 6" tote for this project.  Here are the items you will need.

1) Plastic canvas

2) Scissors

3) Yarn

4) Craft sewing needles

5) Ruler

6) Marking Pen- Dry erase will work well


With a marking pen and the ruler, mark out a 6"by6" square.  This can be used as your inital pattern piece and will help you create the pieces you will need more quickly.  You will need two pieces cut in the 6 inch size.  We are going to make these narrow, big enough to hold a few small items.  You will need to cut one bottom piece.  This should be 6 inches by 4 inches.  Time to cut 2 side pieces you will need to make these 6 inches by 4 inches.  Finally, time to make two straps.  A good length for the straps are about 12 inches long, these can also be made out of the plastic canvas or you can make yarn handles, this is up to you, however, if you chosse to make the straps out of the canvas they should be 12 inches by 2 inches wide.    You will need to make sure you cute enough pieces for all of your students.  This can be time consuming for you, but in the end when you are working with kids, it is best to be prepared.

Keep the sewing pattern simple.  Depending on the age of the child, you may want to tech them a basic cross-stitch pattern.  Figure out using the grid of the canvas how large to make the design.  Use a scrap piece to practice on yourself.  This will be of great help to you.  One final thought, you may not want them to do any sewing on the bottom, this will keep it nice and neat and give the kids a way to allow dirt to fall through.

You may want to make a full sample piece to share with the kids. 

Sewing the bag together.  Once all of the pieces have the design you desire.  Sewing the bag together can be quite easy.  Here is what to do.

1) Line up the pieces; For example the the bottom to a side panel. 

2) With the yarn, cut a long enough piece that will go a good distance on the bag.  

3) Thread the needle, tie a large enough knot in one end so that the yarn doesn't pull through all the way on the canvas.

4) On the inside select a corner, pull the thread through the first corner hole, now wrap around to meet the corner on the other piece.  Using a wrapping pattern. Continue to sew along the edge.  Then tie off. 

5) Continue to do so on all edges to create the bag. 

6) Attach the handles.  Determine the placement of the handles and then using a basic sewing stitch, attach the handle ends from the inside of the bag.  This will keep the handles firmly in place.

If you find that this project may be to difficult to do or to time consuming, not a problem give the following a try.

Plastic canvas book marks

For this project you will need to cut pieces of canvas 2 inches wide by 8 inches.  Cut the number of pieces you will need for the children you plan to teach.

Use bright colored yarns for this project, this will be a lot of fun for the kids.  You might want to pre-cut the lengths of yarn to cut down on the amount of time on the project.

Keep the pattern simple.  Especially if you are working with young children.  You may want to do a practice piece for yourself to give them something to look at. 

Depending on the age group, you might want to have information printed out for the kids to read.  A sewing glossary is always helpful.  Create a glossary with the names of the different types of stitches.  For example; whip stitch, wrap stitch, cross-stitch, back stitch, etc.  This will help to define the stitches to the children and if you do additional sewing projects, they will have a better understanding of what stitch you are talking about.

If you would like to pass out a set pattern for the book marks.  There are a lot of great websites that you can check out for free pattterns.  Many use Adobe and make it simple to print out copies. 

Always remember to create the sewing project to match the age group of the kids.  For young teens you might want to consider using cross-stitch fabric to teach basic stitches on.  This will give them a way to work out how the stitches will look by using the grid that is created in the fabric.

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Comments (2)

Thanks for the great ideas!

This article made me smiles as I remembered my grandmother sitting with a light bulb and a bag of socks darning them. She always kept them sitting next to her chair so she could work while she watched her "stories" on TV. Thanks for the great ideas.