Sewing is both an art and a skill. As an art, it produces amazing crafts that can satisfy your inner creativity. It is also a valuable skill in life that you can pass on to your little ones.
At one point in history, sewing was part of a standard skill set that mothers taught their children. In these modern days, however, times have changed.
These simple and fun crafts help introduce younger children to the art of sewing, with “little-finger friendly” tasks. Give one or a two a try, maybe it will even inspire you to try something new and creative! You just need to get your kids a beginner sewing machine and they can continue from there.
(Photo Credit: flickr-laurie.com)
1. Colorful Button Tree
This easy to make sewing project is perfect for display upon completion! You can easily get your kids involved as they choose the buttons that they can place on their tree, and even attach them themselves. Having a broad selection of buttons including plenty of greens and a variety of bright pinks, yellows, oranges, white and purple will help your tree “bloom”. Don’t limit your creativity to the tree, buttons can make clouds, birds, the sun, or anything else your children are inspired to create!
Your kid’s selection of buttons (in different colors)
Brown felt (to be used on the branches and trunk)
Note: Make sure that you teach your children the safety rules first in using needles. For younger children, you may opt to have them use fabric glue for this project.
How to do it:
Cut your background fabric larger compared to the frame for embroidery, clipping it in place. Form a tree shape and sew it on the middle part of your frame. Next, have your children arrange the buttons all over the tree to represent leaves. After a satisfying placement, you can now start sewing them into place.
2. Spring Cloud or Flower Pillow
This project is wonderful for your youngest (and maybe most carefree?) sewers. No needle or expensive fabric involved. Yarn, butcher style paper, or really any paper you have handy will work, and a hole puncher are all you need. Allow your young sewer to help you decide what shape they would like to sew (the simpler the better). Trace this on two pieces of paper, cut out larger than the traced line, and punch holes all along the sides. Start by tying the two pieces together and gently threading through the first couple of holes. Then assist your child with a little guidance with the over-under-through pattern.
No need to worry about needle pokes, and if a tear happens just tape or re-cut the pattern. When the pattern is almost all sewed, fill with batting before tying off the last hole. Clouds, flowers, or the sun are easy shapes to sew around and will bring a spring like cheeriness to your home!
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3. The Solo Glove Creation
As springtime arrives, winter clothes, heavy jackets and gloves are put back into storage. This time of organizing and storing may find you with a variety of solo glove whose partner is forever forgotten in the field next to the playground or in curb near the piano teacher's house. Before you throw the lonely one away, consider upcycling and crafting with it!
Flip the glove inside out and sew from the thumb around the top, leaving a 1” hole open in middle. Flip it right side in and fill with a simple batting, making sure to fill the fingers. Sew the hole shut, and now you are ready to decorate. Sewing on buttons for eyes and felt strip for mouths is an easy and creative task for your young sewer. Sew or iron on a woven label to encourage ownership over this little glove creations. It might help when next winter rolls in, and keeping a tighter hold on both gloves!
These simple spring sewing crafts help welcome the newness of spring, and help foster your child’s creative mind. Sewing is an opportunity to work on fine motor skills, patience, and creativity for all ages! Enjoy these crafts and the wonderful warm weather!
Laura blogs at Sewing Makes Me Happy. She's been sewing ever since she can remember. It brings her an inner peace that she wants everyone to find.