My first sewing project will introduce your child to basic pattern making and sewing techniques. Many people believe that sewing is for girls; my personal belief is that boys need to learn basic sewing stitches as well. After all you won’t always be around to sew a button or repair a seam, your son may need to know this for later on in life when you cannot be there for him.
This project is designed to be simple and easy for a child to do; your part is helping your child pick a pattern and show them the basic stitches they will need to complete the project.
Pattern making is easy, simply use your favorite word processing/graphics program or pick a simple coloring book design or draw your own. For a first project, choose a simple shape or object, such as a circle, star, fruit, flower, animal, car or truck. Enlarge the object if needed and print it out or cut it out leaving an additional one half inch for a seam allowance.
Once your pattern is selected, gather the following materials.
Chosen fabric & thread
Needle appropriate for hand sewing
Fold fabric so right sides are together, place pattern in center and pin in place.
Cut out pattern from fabric, you should have two pieces with pattern on top. (Keep project pinned together as it will make it easier for your child to sew the project together.) Thread the needle with your chosen thread and sew around the outside of the pattern leaving one inch unsown. (if there are a lot of curves in the project, clip around the curves as this will allow the project to lay flat) Turn project so that right sides are showing, stuff your project. Start with smaller areas first and continue stuffing until the project is completely stuffed. (An unsharpened pencil can help with stuffing smaller areas) Last step, fold in the ends of the unsown area and use a blanket/binding stitch to finish the seam.
Congratulations, you have completed your first sewing project. Hope you enjoyed making your first stuffed sewing project. What can you do with this project? Depending on your chosen shape, it can be a toy or a pin/needle holder. You can give it as a gift to someone or keep it for yourself.
Parents, looking for a more advanced project, try using your word processor to type out your child’s name in a simple but large font such as bubble letters. Cut it out and let your child sew around and in between letters for a neat wall hanging for their room or door.