These easy sewing projects for kids teach them the skills they'll need when they tackle more complicated projects later. I recommend teaching the basics of hand sewing and how to sew with a sewing machine, then letting your little boy or girl lead the way – you'll be surprised how much they love using your scraps!
I learned to sew when I was seven. My mother taught me the basics of hand sewing, then gave me permission to collect materials from the “goodwill” bag of discarded clothing. Having 8 younger siblings, these clothes probably came from Goodwill in the first place and had nowhere to go once we wore them!
Easy projects to teach children to sew
Now that I'm a mom (and someone who makes a living sewing and teaching others how to sew), I realize that teaching children to sew takes patience, love, and dedication. enthusiasm for frank bears (or whatever your child wants to do). You'll also need a list of easy projects to get started. This is where I come in!
If you too have the patience, love, and enthusiasm to teach kids to sew, here are 10 simple sewing projects to get you (and them) started on the sewing adventure of a lifetime.
An easy tote bag to DIY
Halloween treat bags for kids like this one are super quick and easy to sew! Just grab 1/2 yard of cute Halloween fabric with pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls, or spooky bats for the outside and any other 1/2 yard for the lining (because no one will care ) !
Kids can sew teddy bears or stuffed dolls easily
You can let a child trace their own teddy bear or other stuffed toy (like I did years ago). Or, I have a tutorial for sewing stuffed cat dolls using fabric panels. You can use these instructions for any doll panel or cotton fabric with animal designs. Softies like these make great Christmas gifts that kids can give to their siblings and classmates.
Who hasn't learned to sew to make scrunchies? These hair elastics are back in fashion and are perfect for learning to sew.
A doll skirt is an easy sewing project for kids
With just a bit of fabric and elastic, your child can sew a doll's skirt – then she can make a skirt herself using the same technique!
Sew Easy Boo-Boo Bags
When we were children, our mothers made beanbags. The classic pouf is still in fashion – it now has other names, such as Boubou Bags. Fill it with rice, store it in the freezer and it's a boo-boo bag. You can even sprinkle lavender oil on the rice for a special touch. This is a great way to teach children to sew right sides together, leave an opening, and turn the project right side out.
Teach someone to sew napkins without paper
Another sewing project that I have used to teach my children to sew is paper napkins. You're supposed to add snaps to wrap them all together, but we ended up using them as washcloths. No matter how you sew them, you'll get something useful in the end.
Kids can sew easy pillows
I know, I use useful objects a lot. Maybe I'm breaking child labor laws by making my kids sew all these things for me, lol! Feel free to start simple and work it all the way down to photo fabric and pom pom pillows.
Free Drawstring Backpack Pattern
Won't your daughter be proud when she can sew a drawstring backpack and wear it to friends' houses? This is also a great sewing project for boys.
A Pillowcase is the Perfect Sewing Tutorial for Kids
Another useful and so simple item. Teach children how to sew a pillowcase with just a yard of fabric using this simple pillowcase pattern. This is a great project to learn how to sew in a straight line!
Simple messenger bag for girl or boy
Tote bags are a great project for teaching someone to sew, and they also give them a way to store and organize other crafts. This super simple messenger bag pattern requires less than a yard of fabric and is really just a bag with a strap – but it's so cute!
Who doesn't love homemade pajama pants! Here is my free pajama pants pattern in children's sizes 12 months-10. I have used this pattern to make my kids' Christmas pajama pants for years.
I hope you enjoyed my list of the best sewing projects for kids. If you want more ideas for beginner sewing projects, here are some other free patterns you could try:
- Sew scrunchies – they’re in fashion again! This project uses just a little fabric and elastic.
- Here are 50 sewing ideas for fabric scraps. There's nothing better than scraps to develop your sewing skills!
- If your student likes the drawstring bag pattern above, move on to these 15 free sewing patterns with drawstrings.
- Aprons are also a great way to teach someone how to use a sewing machine. Try this stunning 1 meter magic apron pattern.
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