Teaching kids to sew is a fun activity for both adults and children. Sewing projects will help children build their fine motor skills, and will boost their self-esteem when they see their completed projects. Because most children have short attention spans, it is important to choose quick sewing projects that will hold their interest. Like almost any hobby, practice makes perfect when it comes to sewing, so choose several projects to complete over the course of a few weeks.
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Bags are a quick and useful project to make with kids, and they will enjoy showing their creations off to their friends. Young children can make bags using felt, yarn, buttons and sticks. According to Kids Sewing Projects, a stick can anchor a yarn strap at the top of a felt bag. Have kids sew around the outside edges of the bag and decorate it with buttons or other embellishments. Elementary-school children can make a book bag for school using colourful fabric and ribbons for handles. Older children who can use a sewing machine can recycle old beach towels into new beach bags by folding the towels in half and sewing around the outer edges.
Pillows are a quick sewing project that can add to your children's room decor or make great gifts for friends. An easy pillow for any age is a T-shirt pillow. According to Craft Elf, use old T-shirts and simply sew around the open edges (leaving a small opening), stuff with polyfill and sew the opening closed. Kids can make pillows into almost any shape, such as ballet slippers, an ice cream cone, a frog or even a spider. Have them draw the desired shape of their pillow onto a large piece of paper. Cut two identical pieces of fabric using the paper pattern. Hand-stitch or machine-sew the pieces together, and stuff with fiberfill. Another easy pillow idea for children is a signature pillow. Cut two pieces of square fabric, sew them together and stuff with fiberfill. Have the kids sign and write messages on each others' pillows.
To make these projects, you will need to felt a wool sweater, which shrinks the wool fabric until the weave is tight and won't unravel. To felt the wool, wash the sweater in hot water and dry on the highest heat setting. According to Disney FamilyFun, kids can cut the cuffs and arms of felted wool sweaters to make bracelets, then use embroidery floss to sew on buttons, felt shapes, paper flowers or other embellishments. Adult-size felted wool sweaters are typically just the right size for kids. Children can create their own one-of-a-kind sweaters by cutting out felt shapes and sewing them onto a felted sweater using embroidery floss. Kids can express their personalities and brush up on their sewing skills. Older kids can use felted wool to make personalised mobile-phone pouches. They just cut the wool to the desired size based on their phone's measurements, sew around the outside edges leaving the top open and sew on embellishments.
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