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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.

26 Easy Projects for Kids to Sew

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.

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.

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.

Burlap Embroidery for Kids

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.

Handmade with Love Bookmarks

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.

Felt Toy Sandwich

Kids can make their own play food with this awesome after-school project.

Wise Mr. Owl Craft

Mr. Owl can be made in any colors your child likes and can watch over their homework hour.

How to Make DIY Felt Flowers

Just a tiny bit of sewing in this pretty project. These flowers are a fun 3D activity to try.

Tooth Fairy Collection Pillow

Give the Tooth Fairy more incentive to stop by with this customized little pillow.

Color Burst Key Cover Pattern

Made by kids, ideal for adults. Have your children help you identify your keys with this.

Bunny Pouch Necklace

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.

Thankful Tree DIY Pillows

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.

Ghastly Ghost DIY Garland

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.

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.

Over the Rainbow DIY Tapestry

Let your child go through your fabric scraps for this pretty wall decor piece.

Polar Bear Applique Tote

Another project that they will love using as much as making. Especially if they love polar bears.

Fabric Hexie Earrings

A fantastic no-sew craft idea for pre-teens or teenagers who just got their ears pierced.

No Sew Pop Tart DIY Pillow

How awesome are these sweet treat pillows? Your child can add their fave toppings.

Pink Scalloped DIY Pillow

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.

No-Sew Octopus Ball Doll

If your kid is looking for a new friend, this cute octopus doll may be an excellent solution.

No-Sew Tic Tac Toe Game

A blast to make and a superb game to take on any trips, they will have so much fun with this.

Fall Felt Leaf Garland

Whether they want to help you decorate or make felt leaves for their room, try this.

No-Sew Bandana Pumpkin

Another fab fall craft that makes for a cool parent and child craft afternoon.

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