6 Free Sewing Projects to Make for Going Back to School
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26+ Easy Projects for Kids to Sew
This list includes some of the coolest and fun easy sewing projects for kids.
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Sewing isn't just for adults. In fact, sewing is one of the most important skills for children to learn. Though few have home economics classes anymore, learning how to sew at a young age will help them develop important fine motor skills. Not to mention patience and the ability to sew a button when needed.
Our collection, 26+ Easy Projects for Kids to Sew, is a great page to start with when your little ones want to start sewing. We are starting with embroidery and have some very simple tutorials and patterns to share with you. Embroidery for kids is fun and easy, with creative, uncomplicated designs.
After learning embroidery, they'll already be a step ahead for many of the felt sewing patterns we have in the next section. Felt is one of the easiest materials to work with so kids will have a lot of fun with the projects there. When it comes to sewing projects for children, the simpler the better. However, that doesn't mean that they're not up for a challenge. We have both to help them get as good as any adult.
As a bonus, we have a section of no-sew fabric projects. If they aren't ready to sew, get them working with and understanding fabric so that they are able to sew with it when ready.
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PLUS! Watch the video right below with your child to learn one of the most basic embroidery stitches, the straight stitch. Most embroidery projects shared in this collection us a version of this stitch and so it will be helpful for them to learn.
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Simple Embroidery for Children
Embroidery can range from easy to complicated depending on what you're doing. If you're simply adding a few stitches to a piece, such as a face, then it's a quick project. However, when you get more advanced, you start to learn more complicated stitches or create more intricate scenes with embroidery thread. The projects in the list below include some of the best beginner projects for kids.
Depending on their age and experience level, you may want to help them out with a few of these but most are simple enough for them to do on their own as a first, second, or third project. Many sewing projects involve some sort of hand sewing or embroidery, so it's a great thing to learn as a child.
Embroidery Stem Stitch Tutorial
Another simple stitch that children can easily learn when practicing their embroidery skills.
Geometric Gemstones Ornament Sewing Patterns
Because this project uses free printable shapes and wood, it's easy to work with.
This tutorial helps learning children develop their creativity and skills at the same time.
Free Watermelon Embroidery Pattern
We love this simple and cute project. It's a great summer activity for groups of kids.
Bunting-Inspired Winter Gloves
When summer ends, have them decorate their winter gloves with this fun idea.
Easy Embroidered Christmas Star Ornament
Kids love creating personalized ornaments and this is a fantastic beginner project.
An ideal kid's embroidery project because this tutorial was made with them in mind.
Shining Star Baby Lovey Sewing Pattern
This little star will be a lovely practice of patience and getting straight and consistent lines.
Check and Plaid Cross Stitch Bookmarks
Since this comes with a template and full instructions, this is an awesome older child project.
Rainbow DMC Stitchable Cuff Pattern
Every kid will love making this simple multi-colored design and then sporting it at school.
Home Run Baseball Embroidery Hoop
A homerun embroidery pattern for little sports fans. It's such a quick and easy pattern.
Embroidered Family Portrait Pillow
Work on the pillow as they work on the portrait. It's a fabulous parent and child project.
Felt Sewing Projects for Kids
It's rare to find someone who doesn't like working with felt. Kids love it, adults love it. Not only is it one of the easiest fabrics to work with but it's inexpensive and there are tons of color options. The easy felt sewing projects below include a wide variety of patterns, from animals and food to holidays and nature.
If you don't have felt, fleece is a smart alternative. It's a little softer and thicker, which makes it slightly more difficult to cut but it's still one of the best fabrics for kids and can be swapped out for most felt crafts. Most of these sewing patterns also involve embroidery in some way, too.
Kids can make their own play food with this awesome after-school project.
Mr. Owl can be made in any colors your child likes and can watch over their homework hour.
Just a tiny bit of sewing in this pretty project. These flowers are a fun 3D activity to try.
Give the Tooth Fairy more incentive to stop by with this customized little pillow.
Made by kids, ideal for adults. Have your children help you identify your keys with this.
Have your children work on this around Easter...but bunnies are cute and fun year-round.
Button Embellished Notebook Cover
Help your kids master their button-sewing skills with this handy notebook project.
This DIY pillow project can easily be turned into a family affair with the kids on the lead.
Guinea Pig DIY Elastic Book Band
Notebooks have never been this cute! Kids will love making these felt book bands.
Your children can help decorate for Halloween with this ultra-easy garland project.
Valentine's Pocket Kitty Cat Pattern
Even if it's not Valentine's Day, you will fall in love with this beyond cute kitty.
DIY Fabric Bookmarks with Felt Circles
What's a better after-school craft than making your own bookmarks? Lots of free designs.
Bouncing Bunny Finger Puppet Pattern
These finger puppets are so cute. With the printable pattern, it couldn't be easier to make.
Kid-Friendly Felt Monster Patterns
Let their imagination shine with this amazing idea and tutorial for friendly monsters.
For more kid-friendly projects, download your copy of our free eBook full of the best back to school crafts. Get it here: 6 Sewing Projects to Make for Going Back to School Free eBook
BONUS! Kid-Friendly No-Sew Fabric Projects
Just in case they aren't ready for the needle and thread or if they want to take a break and work with fabric in different ways, check out these easy no-sew fabric crafts. These projects replace the needle and thread with glue or folding or just involve cutting fabric and attaching other materials. After these, they can be more confident starting one of the previous easy projects for kids to sew.
Keep in mind, some of these fabric projects involve a hot glue gun. If that's the case, help your child or use an alternative. Always know the skill level that works for your child before starting any of these projects. Fortunately, most of these are super simple and won't cause any trouble for children.
Let your child go through your fabric scraps for this pretty wall decor piece.
Another project that they will love using as much as making. Especially if they love polar bears.
A fantastic no-sew craft idea for pre-teens or teenagers who just got their ears pierced.
How awesome are these sweet treat pillows? Your child can add their fave toppings.
You might want to keep this in your room once they are done putting this pillow together.
Layered Leaves Felt Earrings Pattern
This earring tutorial could not be simpler! No sewing, no glue, just a few materials and go.
If your kid is looking for a new friend, this cute octopus doll may be an excellent solution.
A blast to make and a superb game to take on any trips, they will have so much fun with this.
Whether they want to help you decorate or make felt leaves for their room, try this.
Another fab fall craft that makes for a cool parent and child craft afternoon.
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