The following is a post by contributing writer Jamie.
There are roughly a gazillion or so sewing project ideas and tutorials online, but I narrowed it down to a few that are actually worth your while! My kids love crafty projects but it annoys me to go to the time and trouble to make something useless, so all of these projects are useful!
Even more importantly, your kids get to experience the feeling of accomplishment that comes from making something they (or someone else) can really use!
Felt Heart Bookmarks
Super simple project that can be done easily in an afternoon. These would make cute little gifts, too, or could embellish a book gift.
Another super simple project to build kids’ confidence.
Treasure Stick Bags
I could see kids making this and then taking it on nature walks to collect small rocks, tiny pine cones, or other little treasures they find along the way.
Felt Christmas Ornaments
Christmas will be here before you know it! These ornaments would make lovely gifts, or kids can hang them on your tree!
Oh my cuteness! These are adorable, and kids can play with them (or give them to younger siblings) when they’re done!
Sleeping Bags for Stuffed Animals
If I’d have thought of this when I was little, I’d have probably had sleeping bags for every stuffed animal I owned. Except for those that were special enough to earn a place sleeping in my bed with me, of course!
Another great project for teaching kids to sew. (And it’s way more useful than those woven potholders made from a kit that melt when they actually touch anything hot!) The choice of fabric is what will make the difference in ho-hum potholders to totally adorable potholders!
If you’re up for a bigger challenge:
Reversible Patchwork Bag or Drawstring Bag
These are a bit more complicated. If you have some sewing experience, or if your older child is able to follow these directions, consider going for it! The result is a lovely and extremely handy bag for books, crafts, clothes, etc.
Jamie is a homeschooling mama who never ventures far from a steaming hot mug of tea. Her kid range in age from preschool to adult, which means there’s rarely a dull (or quiet!) moment in her home. Also find her on twitter or facebook.
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Thanks for the ideas. My 9 year old wants to learn how to sew.