Sewing is a wonderful skill for kids to learn, because it:
- doesn’t cost much, only needs a few simple tools and can be done (almost) anywhere!
- provides hours of fun and is a great boredom buster
- gives them the opportunity to make and mend their own clothes, softies and other fun accessories
- helps them develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
- encourages creativity, confidence and independence
- gives them a sense of achievement when they finish a project
- is something they can do and share with family and friends
When teaching kids to sew, make sure you:
- supervise them at all times – it is a great thing for you and your kids to enjoy doing together and, especially when they are little, they will need a lot of help
- start with projects that will be easy for them to sew using basic stitches
- provide them with all the supplies they will need to complete their project
- let them use real, good quality fabrics and tools (needles, scissors etc)
- give them regular practice to help them develop their sewing skills and independence
- encourage them to create their own designs with your support
(Picture credit: Rhythms of Play)
Things to include in a basic sewing kit for kids:
- embroidery hoop
- coloured cotton embroidery thread
- tapestry needles and glass headed pins
- tape measure, seam ripper and pin cushion
- buttons of different colours, sizes and shapes
- fabric marking pens/chalk
- assorted pieces of fabric and wool felt
- poly-fil or wool/cotton stuffing
- scraps of ribbon, ricrac, lace, wool/yarn etc
We stock some simple felt sewing kits for kids to make their own rabbit or mice softies or small purses.
We also stock a selection of decorative wooden buttons in elephant, flower, owl and transport designs that are suitable for kids sewing or button craft projects.
You can find our sewing kits and buttons in our Etsy shop here.
We have over 200 sewing projects for kids on our Pinterest page, including:
- bags, pouches and purses
- bean bags
- brooches and hair accessories
- dolls and softies
- hand and finger puppets
- pillows and pillow cases
- sewing and threading cards
- sewing tutorials
Find them all here.
One of our favourite blogs for kids’ sewing projects and tutorials is Coloured Buttons, written by Trixie Symonds, who also runs a Sew a Softie group on Facebook and sewing classes for kids in Sydney. The Sew a Softie group will soon be posting a series of free Valentine’s Day craft tutorials, so join now!
(Picture credit: Coloured Buttons)
We would love to see pictures of your kids’ sewing projects!
Just post them to Facebook or Instagram with #littlegreencrafters. 🙂