Crafts to Do With Kids — 10 Easy Sewing Projects

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Teaching kids to sew may be the perfect chance for children to learn new skills while having a lot of fun creating. Ideal materials for teaching kids to sew include felt, upcycled or inexpensive fabric, and even paper. Kids can learn to hand sew projects with a large, dull needle (perhaps a plastic one) and yarn or embroidery thread, and older children can learn to sew simple projects on a sewing machine.

Above: Get the tutorial for these wild animal kids sewing cards at Dandee, along with other crafts to do with kids.
Confetti Felt Circles Garland
Confetti Garland

Felt is a material that's cheap, forgiving and doesn't need to have finished edges. It's ideal for kids' sewing projects, like this colorful rainbow bunting that can be used to decorate a child's room. With just a simple straight stitch and some safety scissors, kids can sew this festive project.
Teach kids to sew this garland of felt circles using the easy sewing tutorial at Increasingly Domestic.
Toddler Sewing Basket
Toddler Sewing Basket

Put together a sewing basket with basic sewing supplies for your little one, including needles, pins, scissors and fabric cut from old clothes and sheets. Toddlers can learn to use a blunt needle with a wide-weave fabric. Add an embroidery hoop, colorful thread, embroidery floss or yarn. Children of any age might enjoy drawing a picture on fabric, then stitching over the top with floss or thread.
See what other sewing supplies are recommended for kids at Childhood 101, and get the scoop on summertime crafts to do with kids.
Embroidery Basics

Sewing together is a practice that is both fun and rewarding for children and their families. Kids of different ages can learn to use techniques like basic embroidery, threading a needle and choosing colors with a little guidance and the right tools. With an embroidery hoop and some printed or hand-drawn designs, kids can have fun learning to sew.
Get more kids' sewing ideas at Amy's Creative Side.
Felt Heart Hair Clips
Felt Heart Barrettes

Once kids learn the basics of sewing with embroidery floss, they can use their skills to make fun crafts and wearables, like these heart hair clips. Regular or pinking scissors can be used with a variety of stitching designs to make the hair clips unique. Try different shapes like flowers or cars for a fun twist on this felt hair clip.
Get the sewing how to at The Purl Bee.
tissue holder sewing tutorial
Tissue Holder

Achoo! Portable packages of tissues are ideal to send with kids to school or summer camp, but they aren't the most attractive packages. Teach kids to sew a simple square with this tissue holder tutorial. This stitch will teach them the basics on a small scale, which they can apply to machine sewing a larger yet basic sewing project like a pillowcase.
Skip To My Lou provides the full tutorial.
Felt Wall Decor

Get the kids outside in nature and have them pick out leaves in a variety of shapes to sew this cute seasonal project. You can use basic sewing supplies like felt, bias tape and sewing pins. Kids will have fun sewing a project that can be displayed in the house. Try printing  different shapes off your computer if it's not leaf-picking weather.
Learn how to make this cute fall leaves garland at Maureen Cracknell Handmade.
Felt Hopscotch Mat
Felt Hopscotch Mat

This hopscotch toy is a great craft to do with kids, because it will get them creating and helps keep them active during the summer or even on a rainy day. You can stitch on the numbers or use a glue gun to make this a no-sew project. 
A Girl and a Glue Gun shares tips for sewing this kids hopscotch mat.

Sewing Bustles Ruffle Skirt
Bustle Skirt

This textured skirt is made from basic fabric circles, and a simple straight stitch on the sewing machine. Once kids have mastered the basics, teach them to sew with texture by applying this technique to a basic project like a placemat, table runner or fabric coasters.
Teach kids to sew the bustle skirt with this tutorial from Studio 5.

Rag Quilt Letters

The beauty of a rag quilt is that it's not important to have perfectly finished edges. Turn this idea into a fun kids' sewing project with this fabric alphabet, which uses colorful fabric scraps for each letter. They will be amazed at what happens to the fabric letters with a quick trip through the washer and dryer.
Get the rag quilt letters kids' sewing project tutorial at Happy Together.

Photo credits (from top): Dandee, Increasingly Domestic, Childhood 101, Amy's Creative Side, The Purl Bee, Skip to My Lou, Maureen Cracknell, A Girl and a Glue Gun, Studio 5, Happy Together



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