Hand sewing is a useful sewing skill, and can give kids a sense of accomplishment and a creative outlet. Projects for children should be simple, allowing for practice with sewing stitches, but easy enough that success is quickly within reach. Seams can be sewn on the outside of the fabric, so that no measuring or turning of seam allowances is required. Dull the tips of needles to reduce the risk of injury.
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Tooth Fairy Pillow
A small pillow made to hold a tooth for the tooth fairy is a practical and fun project for younger children. Purchase 8 by 11 sheets of felt, and cut each into four rectangles, 4 inches by 5 ½ inches. Cut 1 inch by 1 inch squares out of a contrasting colour of felt for the tooth pocket on the pillow. Each child will receive 2 larger rectangles and 1 square, as well as pillow stuffing. Have the kids sew the square in the centre of one of the rectangles, using a larger needle and embroidery floss, leaving an edge of the square unsewn. The rectangles are then sewn together, with pillow stuffing inserted before the seam is stitched completely shut.
A simple bag with two shoulder straps creates a backpack for kids to carry their treasures. Each child will need 2 rectangles of felt or fleece, approximately 8 inches by 11 inches, as well as 3 feet of cording or 1-inch wide fleece cut into a strip 3 feet long. The children will sew the rectangles together with a large needle and embroidery floss, leaving one of the 8-inch sides open for the top of the bag. The cording or fleece strip is cut into two equal pieces and attached to the top corners and bottom corners of the bag to create shoulder straps.
Fleece cut into simple rectangles with arms and legs is the foundation for an easy to sew stuffed creature. Children sew the creature together, following the outline of the arms and legs, and stuff it with pillow stuffing before sewing the last of the seams shut. They can then expand their sewing skills by decorating the face with smaller pieces of fleece or buttons. Enterprising children can even sew simple clothing for their creatures.
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