Sometimes I sew. My mom sewed. Her mom sewed… and so on. Of course, little Roo wants to do everything mommy does, including sewing. I’ve compiled a list of kid’s sewing projects for you and your children. Only a few involve actual sewing and are therefore appropriate for preschoolers and toddlers. But some require items like needles, buttons, and sequins so use your best judgment on whether or not your child is mature enough for the project.
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Mannequin Dress Up
Yes, there is a mannequin dress form under all of that! I lowered mine to Roo’s level and pulled out a box of scraps. She then piled on everything she deemed “pretty” and would step back to survey before adding, “but not pretty enough.” If you don’t have a dress form, you can use a doll or get creative with a mop or broom! Last week it was our family dog (sorry Sasha) as long as you provide the materials and the suggestions, their little creative minds will do the rest.
Before sewing, the concept of lacing should be explored. There are many fun lacing practice toys out there. I really like this one from Melissa and Doug! But you can also make some yourself to go along with it I made this one out of foam paper, a hole punch, and some nylon shoelace. I intended for Roo to lace along the edge of the leaf shape, but she made a cute striped pattern instead.
A great kid’s sewing project for the fall season is threading leaves. Take your little one out into nature and find a twig. Then have the child thread leaves onto the twig carefully! It’s
sew so simple but it’s great practice for the fine motor skills needed for sewing.
Aren’t you glad so many of these kid’s sewing projects include using your stack/bags/boxes of scraps? Don’t have any? Just ask a sewing friend, I’m sure they will be more than happy to supply you! For this one, your preschooler should be fairly comfortable with scissors. Start with paper first, then let them cut some of those fabric scraps. Cutting out patterns is something every seamstress needs to know!
Glue Quilt Squares
Designing a quilt is sometimes more fun than actually sewing it. Give your preschooler the fabric scraps they cut and a piece of cardstock or cardboard paper. Then have them glue the fabric to the sturdy paper and create something beautiful to them. We did this kid’s “sewing” project last year in school when our letter of the week was Q!
This kid’s sewing project is where we will start to introduce the needle. If you are at all unsure of your preschooler’s readiness, just stick to the first projects. They are all super fun and don’t include small sharp objects.
Thread a needle for your child, tie a knot at the end, and pull it through some material. Next, you’ll need some sequins. Let them thread the sequins on to the thread using the needle. Remind the how sharp the point is, but they will inevitably poke themselves at least once. Roo did it literally every time, would say “ouch” then promptly add “I’m OK,” and keep threading. When they’ve done a few, thread the needle back through the material and back up again so they can repeat. Remember to leave enough thread to allow you to knot it in the back when they are done.
The final sewing project for kids is sewing on buttons. Never leave them unattended with the sharp pointy object. Besides, they will need your help. A lot. But let them practice with as many buttons as they feel comfortable with. Roo was so proud of herself when she finished!
After a little practice, maybe she will even do a project like this apple button tree from Rhythms of Play!
You don’t have to be an expert seamstress to get your kids started in sewing. They can never be too young to learn, even toddlers can do some of the projects above!
I’m interested to know, when did you learn to sew on a button? Who taught you?
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