It’s easy for kids to take up sewing when the projects are fun to do. You might be apprehensive to allow the use of a sewing machine and that’s understandable. These sewing projects, however, may be done without or with the use of a sewing machine. For kids who are quite young to operate a sewing machine, doing these projects by hand sewing is an option, although adult or parental supervision is still required.
The Felt Lunch Bag
You will need the following materials:
- Two pieces 9” by 12” Kunin CraftCut Classic Felt in Pirate Green.
- One piece each 9” by 12” Kunin CraftCut Classic in Baby Blue, Neon Green, Yellow or Orange, and Neon Blue.
- ¼ yard of fusible fleece for interfacing.
- Sewing machine.
- One 1” to 1½” button.
- Thread in Pirate Green color.
- One hair elastic band.
- Embroidery floss in White, Neon Green, and Dark Green colors.
Enlarge pattern to 133%, print it out, cut out the bird pieces and leaves, and stitch design on one of the 9” by 12” Pirate Green pieces two inches from the bottom and then iron fleece to both 9” by 12” Pirate Green pieces. From each bottom corner of the interfaced bag’s body, cut 1” to 1½”. With right sides together, sew bottom and sides together.
With the right sides facing, take hair elastic, pinch to form a couple of loops – with one loop measuring 1” to 1½” – and use a zigzag stitch to sew to the back panel’s top ¼” from its edge. Go over stitches to secure the hold. Match bottom seam and each side bag body side seam in order to box the corner’s bottom. Stitch across for a straight edge. Turn bag body, right side out, and hand stitch the button to the bag’s front.
Easy-to-Sew Drawstring Bag
What you will need:
- Long piece of rectangular fabric.
- Needle and thread or sewing machine.
- Any kind of string such as yarn, twine or embroidery floss.
- One safety pin.
Measure and then cut fabric into a rectangular shape; the longer the cut the deeper the bag. Lay fabric on its right side on a table and fold over each of the long ends to an inch to an inch and a half to create a crease. Pin these to hold fabric more securely and remove pins while sewing or you can keep the line folded on its crease. Sew on the fabric’s cut edge to create a pocket wherein the string will go through.
Sew the two sides and then fold fabric in half; its right side should be in. Sew the fabric’s two sides in a straight line without sewing over the folded edge part’s holes. Stop before getting across these since you will need both of them open for the string to get through. Turn bag right side out to have two folded over sewn lines for your bag’s string and another two lines for the bag.
Use the safety pin to guide your string as you thread it through the bag’s holes from one side to another. Take off safety pin and tie the ends together. Cinch up your bag to hold trinkets, coins, candy, marbles, and other stuff that kids usually store in their pockets. You can choose plain solid colors or bold prints for your drawstring bag. You can even use fabric that has been monogrammed with your initials.
Reading Becomes Much More Fun with Fabric Bookmarks
You will need the following materials:
- Any style or color fabric.
- Sewing machine.
Cut out two same rectangular shapes from scrap fabric with scissors. Add the ribbon tag to the bookmark’s top by folding it in half, placing its cut ends inside the two pieces of fabric and pinning it in place. Using a sewing machine, sew across the fabric’s top and attach ribbon (remove pins as sewing is done). You can sew any kind of stitch on your fabric bookmark or monogram it in satin stitch.
Place together fabric pieces with their right sides out and sew a line down them, stop, cut the thread, lift foot and then move fabric back for beginning another line. Keep on doing this until you get your desired number of lines. Seal the thread of the bookmark by sewing a line at its top and bottom perpendicular to their lines. This is to prevent thread from unravelling. You can use the sewing machine’s backstitch for this, too.
Owls as Gifts
We don’t know about you but getting these owls isn’t the same as receiving store-bought stuff animals. All you need is a sock to make one owl. This is a great way to make use of mismatched socks. Get an old sock and cut its lower part where you find the cuff; this will be the owl’s body. Snip right below the sock’s heel. Snip the toe tip and cut it in half for the owl’s wings.
With the leftover piece, cut open the sock starting from the heel portion. Lay out this piece and cut the largest possible oval that you can; this will become the owl’s butt. With the right sides together, turn the owl’s body inside out, sew back and front pieces of the rounded owl’s head, and sew the wings together; turn these right side out and go slowly on the next step.
Pin the right sides of the pieces together with their lined up raw edges, stitch carefully around their circle, and leave a tiny opening for turning the owl. Stuff the owl’s body with rice grains, cotton or other fillers that will not cause allergies and then use a slip stitch to seal the tiny opening mentioned earlier. Sew on orange buttons for the eyes and a small triangular piece of felt for the nose. The finished size will be about 5” tall.
The Lovely Button Tree
A child can do this button tree for all four seasons using button colors that represent them. Although the project here uses fall-themed colors, you can always adapt other colors for the other three seasons. You will need the following materials to make this button tree:
- Brown felt for branches and trunk.
- Fabric to be used as background.
- Embroidery frame.
- Buttons in orange, yellow, and red colors.
- Thread and needle.
Cut fabric slightly bigger than the frame and clip this in place. Make sure you have it stretched tautly. Cut a tree trunk and branches from felt and sew the tree to the fabric’s center using the thread and needle. Make sure the hoop’s metal part is positioned at the frame’s top. Arrange buttons over the branches like leaves. Experiment with as many arrangements as possible until you get the perfect placement.
Check fabric again to make sure it has remained taut. Trim the edge around to get rid of excess fabric should there be any. Tie a loop of the ribbon to the hoop’s metal part so it can be hung. You can tie on a yellow bow to conceal the metal. That’s all there is to the button tree. It may be very simple as a sewing project but if you choose good color combinations for the buttons, it will be beautiful as a wall display.