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    Sewing Activities For Kids

    Posted by  ·  March 5, 2013

    Learning How To Sew!

    A couple of weeks ago Bella spent the night at a friends house. This little friend had received a sewing machine for Christmas. The mom said that well past 10:00 p.m. she could hear the hum of the sewing machine in the basement. The little girls were creating “clothes” for their dolls. Sure, they weren’t perfect and some might not even qualify as clothes, but they were having fun and being creative—how wonderful! My friend, assuming that since I sew and have this crafty blog that I of course had taken the time to sew with Bella. She said to Bella, “I bet you sew at home.” Bella replied, “No, my mom is too busy!” OH MY, shot to the heart! While her response was a bit embarrassing (mostly sad),  it was also eye opening!   I knew what I needed (wanted) to do!

    Sewing is something that I love and I am beyond thankful that my mom took the time to share it with me! Sewing not only has brought me hours of joy it has also been a practical skill that has served me well. Thank you mom! I want to pass this gift forward. So today I begin a little sewing adventure with Bella. I don’t want to miss this opportunity to share something with her that is so important to me!

    I have partnered with Singer and they have created several beginning sewing projects for us. I hope you will join us along this adventure and sew with us. Please show us what you are making and give us ideas of things to make! We would love to hear your tips and stories! Please feel free to ask questions!

    I do sincerely hope that you will share this special time with us! So grab a kid and let’s get sewing!

    How to Sew {Sewing Sheets}

    The first thing we did even before we wound the bobbin and threaded the machine was turn it on and have some fun. I printed out a maze and dot to dot so Bella could practice handling the machine.

    Bella loved the dot to dot and trying out new stitches around the maze. Both these activities helped her  learn to make the machine stop and go, to stitch straight and make a pivot stitch.

    She became an expert at lowering the needle down into the paper and raising the presser foot to turn a corner and make a pivot. Notice her complete concentration.

    She thought it was funny what shape the dot to dot made. Shhhhh we can’t tell!

    Here are the sheets if you would like to have some fun! Download and print using the fit to page mode.

    Dot to Dot Sewing Sheet

    Maze Sewing Sheet

     

    I hope we will see you Thursday!

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    Comments

    1. Norma
      Monday, November 7th, 2016
      I love this I would like to teach my grandkids to sew very soon we home school and I would like to incorporate this in school. thank you for the ideas
    2. Jean Martin
      Friday, July 22nd, 2016
      I have a 8 year old grandson who loves to sew but never knew what to get him to sew I love patch work but these thing are a bit hard for him to tackle a friend of mine wanted to get rid of a sewing machine it is just a basic machine but he loves it thank you for your ideas
      • Cindy
        Sunday, July 31st, 2016
        So happy it helps Jean. You might want to sign up for PinPalKids.com!
    3. LAVONNE TOEWS
      Friday, June 24th, 2016
      Need some simple ideas for young girls to learn to sew .
    4. April
      Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
      I teach sewing at a high school in the Chicago suburbs! I created sewing practice papers for them (very similar to the maze) that teach them the basics (pivoting, stitch width, stitch length, seam finishes and seam allowance) before our projects. They are always amazed with themselves it makes my heart happy. Such a simple thing ❤️ Good job Mama!!
    5. Amy
      Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
      I just discovered your blog after someone shared this post on Facebook. I clicked on it because I gave my 5 year old daughter a sewing machine for Christmas so that she could sew like mommy. Of course I almost fell over when I realized both our daughters are named Bella!! Thank you for the excellent ideas/projects, she is in love with her sewing machine and eager to learn!
    6. Sara
      Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
      I'm so excited to print these pages. My daughter got a sewing machine for Christmas and I honestly didn't know where to start. But the pages will be a great starter. Thank you for sharing
    7. Mallorie
      Monday, December 28th, 2015
      How old would you recommend a child be before introducing sewing? And thoughts on the child size machines?
    8. Bianca
      Friday, December 4th, 2015
      Thank you so much for sharing. I am starting classes to teach sewing for adults and kids in the Netherlands.
      For kids I'm making a studymap. your tips are so usefull to me, thnx <3
    9. Gail
      Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
      I printed out the maze and dot to dot sewing. Do you just sew right on the paper?
    10. Sunday, August 9th, 2015
      Just did this project with my daughter and she LOVED it. Totally genius! I couldn't help but share it on my own blog.
    11. Thursday, July 30th, 2015
      CUTE!!!! Taught my 8 year old son today to make giraffes for Preemie Prints!! <3 Thank you <3 Jen
    12. missy
      Thursday, July 30th, 2015
      any chance you could email me the dot to dot sewing sheet and maze sewing sheet in jpg format? for some reason my acrobat reader wont open them. thanks
    13. Karen
      Thursday, July 9th, 2015
      Teaching my grandson to sew and the sewing sheets are very helpful! Love the tutorials. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks to you and Singer!
    14. Annette
      Thursday, June 18th, 2015
      LOVE this!!! I can remember doing these sheets when I learned to sew!!
      For the past 2 years we have done small sewing projects with our Sparks and Brownies and they LOVED it!!! This has inspired me to spend more time teaching my daughter how to sew!!! Great idea to share something you love to do!!!
    15. Saturday, May 30th, 2015
      A fellow homeschooling mama just posted this page on our study groups, and I am THRILLED!!!! My daughter and I have been puttering around with sewing, and I even bought her a little machine for her fifth birthday last year. Never did I think to actually get her doing practice activities like the printables you have attached! THANK YOU!!!!
    16. Linda
      Monday, March 30th, 2015
      I have helped my grandson (then 10ish) sew a pair of lounge pants (first project), but he wanted a pocket so he could wear them to school. He wore them so much, his step-mom had to wash then at night.

      Then his sister (then 6) sewed an apron and potholder set for her mom for Christmas. Her mom still wears it every get-together. Brave soul-it's red and yellow.

      They both got bored with "learning" so we just jumped right in. The grandson was visiting his mother in Texas, and called to have me walk him through how to thread a sewing machine, long distance. So funny, but I tried.
    17. kathy brazil
      Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
      I am an art teacher and after school I have an art club. Right now I have 6 girls in 4th and 5th grade who have been sewing with me for about a year, on and off. They love using the machine. They know how to thread and trouble shoot basic problems when it doesn't sew. We have made several small projects such as tooth fairy pillow, cell phone purse, giraffe (sewn like a pillow) and now are finishing a patch quilt pillow. In the past I have made lounge pants and gym shorts using a patter (even taught them how to alter the pattern). I just love their energy to sew.
      • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
        I love teaching kids to sew! Thanks for sharing.
    18. Billie S. Houston
      Monday, March 2nd, 2015
      For those of you who had difficulties printing -- give it some time to load -- it will show up!
    19. Kirsten Mia
      Monday, March 2nd, 2015
      Wow! Thanks, this is so simple that who would have thought about it?
      Thanks for sharing, my little grand daughter will be seeing soon and this is a great place to start!
      -K
    20. Ann S.
      Sunday, March 1st, 2015
      I made mittens and fingerless gloves with a bunch of kids during a "fun day" at our church. We traced the pattern onto fleece with a marker, then stitched on the line before cutting. A great first sewing project!
    21. Susan Brennand
      Sunday, March 1st, 2015
      Great Job! I can't wait to show my granddauters
    22. Friday, February 27th, 2015
      I love this. Thank you so much. I have taught my children a little about sewing, but this will inspire me to do more. I love the dot-to-dot idea. Absolutely brilliant.
    23. Rosemary
      Thursday, February 26th, 2015
      My granddaughter will turn 4 in June. She is already interested in winding/unwinding and cutting threads off bobbins (she calls them spools) with Nana's 'sharp scissors' (oh my, with supervision of course) and calls that her 'sewing.' I can't wait to get her started. I had (and still have) a red toy crank Singer machine that I got when I was about 5. I started sewing on my mom's big Singer machine when I was 8. I read the manual and taught myself although had wonderful role models in my mom and grandmother.
    24. Jessie Hansen
      Saturday, February 21st, 2015
      I just starting teaching my 8 year old son how to sew. He has been making some "cage comforters" for the the Humane Society. So easy. I wish I had been able to find this on my pin board before I started, but he is still doing great. Maybe I will still print these off?
    25. Bonnie Vogt
      Thursday, January 29th, 2015
      Thank you--my granddaughter ( 7) will be coming to visit an i want to teach her how to sew ;this will be very helpful
    26. Cathleen
      Thursday, January 29th, 2015
      Thank you for your great sewing ideas. I gave my nine year old granddaughter a sewing machine last Christmas. I have been working with her every time we get together and your paper line templates will help. To my surprise her twelve year old brother was more interested then her so my friend donated her extra sewing machine to him. Thanks
    27. Tricia
      Thursday, January 1st, 2015
      I can't find the printable pages.
    28. Saturday, December 27th, 2014
      It is heart warming to see the interest that parents (I certainly hope that Fathers are involved in sewing with children also) have taken up in encouraging their children to do activities that are fun, useful and
      future profitable. I am a wife, mother and grandmother (nieces & nephews) and I will attest to being over 73.

      I can remember sitting on the stool next to my foster mother sewing buttons on a piece of material and then later at another home a wonderful neighbor named Mrs. Moxley took my interest to a higher level. I had picked out a Butterick pattern beyond my ability and she took me under her wing and the rest is history.

      So when my 5 year old grand-daughter Violet showed interest in the sewing her mother and I were doing,(and some talent for so young) I knew this Christmas was the time. I only wanted to get her a machine that would not dull her enthusiasm. So my advise is buy to size, but buy good. And maybe a design that is perky, like Hello Kitty.

      Thank you for the opportunity to reminisce. And by the way sewing is not the only way to go. I bought my older grand-daughter a wood burning set with additional tools. And, again not a toy but quality. You see her Pop-Pop makes wood crafts and he is happy too.

      Best Christmas Ever.
    29. Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
      This always keeps running thru my mind. The times my kids have approached me to teach them has been when I'm on a right timeline rushing to finish a paid project. Later when I'm ready, they don't show as much interest. But I do believe it's en essential skill. Specially for my little one that's looks like she got stuck with the petiteness of her momma. I'm glad to have these pages since I didn't know where to start. I too will have to post regularly on their progress. Thanks!
    30. Concetta
      Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
      I have just got the idea after finishing my craft room that I should have classes for sewing. And the idea is coming true. I start giving classes in the spring. I am working on the lessons as we speck. My near ours love the idea of the class and your paper patterns for the bigginers is a good way to start. That's the way I learned when I was a kid of 7 yrs. Old.thank you for showing others how to get started. I'm not technically savey. So I had no idea how to put a sighot like this together.
    31. Concetta
      Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
      I have just got the idea after finishing my craft room that I should have classes for sewing. And the idea is coming true. I start giving classes in the spring. I am working on the lessons as we speck. My near ours love the idea of the class and your paper patterns for the bigginers is a good way to start. That's the way I learned when I was a kid of 7 yrs. Old.
    32. Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
      My daughter loves to sew. She started making key fobs a few months ago. I opened and etsy shop for her and it's been a huge hit!! Such a good learning experience for a 9 year old!!!
    33. Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
      My daughter loves to sew!
    34. Monday, October 13th, 2014
      Hi to every one, tthe contents preaent aat this web page are actually remarkable
      for pedople knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.
    35. Jan
      Monday, September 15th, 2014
      I'm so glad I found your post. Using the paper line templates is exactly how I learned to guide a sewing project, however I was a freshman in high school before I ever set down at a sewing machine. My mother sewed but she never enjoyed it so she didn't teach me. Since that year in high school I have been a seamstress and then about 45 yrs ago I began to quilt and still do as much as possible. I have a 4 yr old granddaughter who has already asked me to teach her, so when I had the opportunity to purchase a second antique Singer Featherweight I bought it for her. I wanted to ask how old your daughter is? so I can gage how soon I should start Brooklyn.
    36. Judy Porsch
      Thursday, August 28th, 2014
      I would like to get your activities for kids on sewing machine printed but cannot get it...Can you please help me as I'm doing this for my g.granddaughter as she want learn how to sew...Also I would like to be on you mailing list but can't get thru...Thank you very much..God blessed...
    37. Valerie Heard
      Friday, August 15th, 2014
      Thanks so much for these templates and ideas. 7 year old granddaughter Lily has used the templates, first without the footpedal using just start/stop button, then with the pedal and managed fine. Last week she visited again and made several bookmarks which will be part of gifts for her teachers at Christmas.

      Your photos are great, and the downloads so clear. Really appreciated! Valerie in Kent, England.
    38. Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
      Sharing on fb today! Love the practice sheets!
    39. Becky
      Saturday, June 7th, 2014
      Thank you for creating and sharing these!!
    40. Margaret
      Monday, June 2nd, 2014
      I would like to get my granddaughter sewing...do you print the sewing sheets on regular paper? Thank you.
    41. Marylee
      Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
      Found you on Pinterest a long while back, printed the sheets months ago and finally had a free day (i.e. patient & calm mommy with no birthday parties/soccer games ect.) to do these. My 9 year old has been begging me to sew on the machine and was OVER the moon thrilled to do these sheets today. Thank you so much for creating and sharing!!!!! She is as proud of herself sewing the paper as she would be making a pillow :)
      Would love to see more~ thanks again!!
    42. Sharon Rose
      Saturday, April 19th, 2014
      My mom taught me to sew doll clothes. I love sewing, but mostly I like small projects, especially mending. There's something about laying down beautiful strips of fabric and taking a pair of scissors to them that just cuts me to the heart. Sigh. I have taught my cousin how to sew a skirt, and I have created lacing cards for sewing practice for my toddler. I used her baby shower cards, laminated them and used a giant-size hole puncher, then collected shoelaces and drawstrings for the lacing.
    43. Jenifer
      Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
      I just love these. My daughter really wants to learn how to sew, and I think this would be perfect for her to learn out to maneuver the sewing machine that I have. I am a novice sewer myself, so as crazy as it sounds, it might be helpful for me to learn how to create straight lines as well! Haha! Thank you for your blog and for providing the sheets. I am sure she will have a blast doing them!
    44. rusty
      Friday, March 7th, 2014
      I cannot get the sheets to print? Thank you.
    45. Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
      I just came across this post looking for simple sewing projects for my son (4) who has just discovered another machine he is interested in: the sewing machine. He liked the activity so much, was so concentrated and happy when he finally reached the "heart". Thanks for sharing.
    46. Becky
      Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
      I could not get printables to print. Any suggestions.
    47. Toni Erickson
      Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
      I have just started teaching my 6-year-old granddaughter how to sew. These sewing sheets are brilliant! Thanks so much!
    48. Teresa Pannell
      Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
      Please help! I can't get the sewing sheets to print! Thank you so much!
    49. Annette
      Monday, January 20th, 2014
      I'm starting to teach my granddaughters to sew and would like to use these sheets, but I can't seem to find a place to print them. Help?
    50. Lee Masiello
      Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
      Thank you for this !! My 9 yr old granddaughter asked for a sewing machine for Christmas after watching me sew. I decided to get her a real sewing machine instead of a toy so she took it seriously and didn't think it was just a play thing. We started out by sewing the lines on lined paper and she is doing remarkably well and almost all the lines were straight, the Dot to Dot and Maze sheets will help teach her to square off and to do curves!! I am so excited about this I can't wait until our next lesson.
    51. Tina
      Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
      I too have search this site and can not find the printable versions, free or for purchase. Please help. Thank you.
    52. ewa
      Friday, January 3rd, 2014
      wow, so smart and useful, your templates give a kid an easy way to understand how the machine works, thank you! thanks to you i realised that teaching sewing should be like teaching writing - first tracing, then nest steps. thanx a lot!
    53. Renee Gorham
      Sunday, December 15th, 2013
      I can't seem how to figure out how to get the printable sheets. I bought a sewing machine for my granddaughter for Christmas. Help please.
      Thanks,
      Renee
      891-602-6984
    54. Mary Buletza
      Sunday, November 17th, 2013
      Thank you for these wonderful work sheets. I too learned to sew by just watching my mother. My granddaughters love to create and play in my sewing room. My 8 yr old really loves to sew, cook and create everything. She has already outgrown the beginner's machine and is asking for a real machine like grandma's. She is begging to learn to serge now and use the felting machine. Her only problem is that her stitch still isn't straight enough for her satisfaction. These worksheets will help I think. They are more fun than the ones I've drawn for her.
    55. Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
      Where can you find copies of the maze, etc to learn to use the sewing mating.
      What project would you suggest for an 11 yr old?
      Thanks
    56. Aleisha Jenkins-Bey
      Friday, October 11th, 2013
      I just purchased a Singer Simple sewing machine for my 8-yr-old daughter who loves art. She's had numerous art kits and fashion design sets, but I never even thought of teaching her to sew until recently when she excitedly showed me a pillow that she that she stitched together with yarn in her after-school class. When she brought home the second pillow, I asked her if she would be interested in getting a sewing machine, and her eyes lit up when she answered yes! I intend to give her the machine for Christmas (I start shopping early), and I wanted to search for some kid-friendly resources ahead of time. I am so glad I found your site among a couple others. Excellent information, and it looks like so much fun! I never learned to sew, especially after the one outfit I created back in home ec turned out so hideous--I can't wait to learn this skill with her. Thank you!
    57. Carolyn Hagerman
      Monday, September 23rd, 2013
      I have been teaching sewing to girls and boys in my home for 3 years. I find these two exercies very good for the kids. I start the kids at age 8 and go up from there. I also have some parents who want to learn to sew like their kids. (I love that) When I sit a child at the machine, I give them one of these exercizes to work on. Some of the kids can sew a straight line right off and then some have a really rough time. Just a little practice and encouragement will help though. My kids usually stay in my classes for 2 years and hate leaving. The reason for leaving most of the time though is that they go into middle school and they just don't have time for sewing class with all their homework. But I know that the sewing bug has been instilled in each of them. I love all these kids and can't wait til sewing starts each day. The smiles from a finished project always make me happy too!!!
      • Monday, September 23rd, 2013
        Thank you for sharing your feedback and your love for teaching kids to sew! I love hearing that you are teaching it!
    58. Barb
      Thursday, September 19th, 2013
      I just started helping with a group teaching kids to sew and found your notice of the sewing sheets which I thought would be a great exercise for them to start with. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find a link where I can download the sheets. All I'm seeing is a third party ad to download a pdf converter - which I do NOT need!

      Am I missing something?

      Thanks for your help.

      Barb
    59. Thursday, September 5th, 2013
      This is just what I've been looking for. My 10 yr. old grandduaghter has been asking me to show her how to sew and my intention is to start her out on her great grandmother's old black straight stitch machine!
    60. Sunday, September 1st, 2013
      Having read this I believed it was really informative.

      I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this information together.
      I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and
      commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!
    61. Vicki
      Monday, August 19th, 2013
      My daughter printed the maze and dot to dot and helped her children get started with them -- her son is 10 and her daughter is 4 -- her daughter doesn't want to stop
    62. Grammy Sandy
      Thursday, August 15th, 2013
      The answer to my granddaughter's requests to "sew" while I work on my quilting and varied projects. She turns 6 this week and Mommy is buying her a machine so I can work with her while I do my own sewing. I thought she might be too young, worrying about poking her fingers with the needle. This site is giving me the confidence that she can learn to sew now, and I look forward to this special time with her while we "create" together!
    63. Molly
      Sunday, August 11th, 2013
      I have a 4H sewing club and since each member does not own their own machine we tend to have quite a bit of "waiting for a maching" time. I have an older machine that I can't seem to get the tensions right on that we don't use at all. I think I will set it up and leave it unthreaded with a stack of these activities next to it. The kids can practice their stitching while waiting for a machine to open to finish their projects.
    64. Grandma Lolly
      Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
      What a great idea!!!
    65. Monika
      Thursday, July 25th, 2013
      My kids just love these printables. Do you have anymore or know where I could find some?
    66. Caite
      Friday, July 5th, 2013
      I hope it helps
    67. Fredrica
      Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      I still have my original Singer Sewing machine that I received 50 years ago. It still worked the last time I tried it (1999). I had broken the throttle off of it many years ago and my dad rigged it so that I could use it with a screw driver. My grandmother taught me so much to do by hand and with the little machine I had the best dressed Barbie doll around. I went on to sew my very first dress (with a zipper) which was what we called a tent dress and I wore this and it was handed down two times before I lost the location. So teaching children to so is so important. When my daughter was young her teacher said that it was so valuable teaching them to sew and cook because it taught them to follow directions. I still love (addicted) to sew.
      • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
        Wow Fredrica that is a great story!
    68. Kathy
      Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
      I bought my step daughter a sewing machine 2 or 3 yrs ago for her birthday. She had seen me sewing & she wanted to learn too. She's 15 now & from the beginning she didn't like the fact that her machine made a lot more noise than mine did but, I didn't want to give her my machine because I thought she needed to learn with a machine that wasn't very expensive & then she could work her way up. Anyway, I just bought a Singer for $40 at an online yardsale (it's only a few yrs old) but I had to fix the tension on it first. She's gone to her mom's for the summer but when she get's back I'm going to teach her how to sew, I'm hoping she's still interested. When I was little my cousins & brother & I learned how to sew with a newspaper, thread & needle. There were six of us & when we complained that we were bored my mom & Aunt would hand us a newspaper. I think every child should learn how to hand sew. I got my very first sewing machine one year for Christmas. It was a Holly Hobby sewing machine, I loved it. I still have it to this day & I'm almost 48.
    69. Becky
      Saturday, May 25th, 2013
      Thanks for the cute practice sheets! I used them for the 8 kids in my sewing 4-H class.
    70. Melody
      Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
      I was so glad to see you included your son. I taught my son (now 42) to sew when he was young. He didn't understand why I wanted him to learn how to sew, but now that is on his own and 3,000 miles away
      he is glad I taught him the "girls" thing as he called them back then. I love the sheets I will be printing them out for my grandkids.
    71. Dona
      Thursday, May 16th, 2013
      I'm a grandma who has been sewing for over 50 years! Recently I advertised to give sewing lessons and have had 2 students...a 12 year old and a 35 year old!! I made my own sheets, nothing this nice, but they worked well. I was so excited to see these! Bring on the new students!!! Thanks so much (or should I say, "thanks SEW much"?) Dona
    72. Fortune
      Thursday, May 16th, 2013
      I printed the maze twice and not the whole maze got printed. Has this happened to anyone else?
    73. Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
      Ooooo...what a great idea! Thanks - my daughter and I are going to learn how to sew together this summer. This will start us off!
    74. Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
      I'm so happy I found this site. My girls are gonna love having sewing time with mommy this summer!!
      • Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
        Thank you I hope you will let me know how it goes!
    75. Jill
      Thursday, May 9th, 2013
      The Janome Sew Mini is a wonderful machine for children! It is easy to handle and is just the right size! You can find this at Hancock Fabrics! Fun!!
    76. beverley metcalf
      Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
      Thank you very much for this idea and I will be using them to teach all my children now and in the future to build confidence using the sewing machine! I do a lot of sewing with all the children and teach them to sew as I am a childminder and I have found the boys love to sew as much as the girls! thanks again!
    77. Krista Jordan
      Saturday, April 13th, 2013
      Can you recommend easy and simple but good sewing machines for kids?
    78. Sunday, April 7th, 2013
      That is such a clever idea, sewing a maze or dot to dot. Thank you - my duaghters will LOVE this!
    79. Friday, April 5th, 2013
      I want to know about this sight please .
    80. kath
      Thursday, April 4th, 2013
      What a wonderful idea! I was a SAHM for many years and when my youngest daughter was 6 she wanted to learn to sew so we made a very simple wall hanging quilt. I cut 4 squares of muslin and she took some fabric markers & crayons and drew the 4 seasons on them. Then we went to the fabric store and chose fabrics to represent each season and sewed a border around each square ad then sewed the squares together. When that was done we put the layers together, and finished it off. She loves that wall hanging to this day (she's 19 now) but realized that sewing isn't her "thing." However, all of the baking that I allowed her to help me with sparked something inside her and she's now attending the Culinary Institute of America to become a pastry chef. I remember becoming impatient every so often and thinking I could get done so much faster if I did things myself but then I would remind myself that I was making memories with my daughter and these are the moments we'll both cherish in the future, so cupcakes would take 3 times longer to bake and that was OK. Today she tells everyone that baking with me is what inspired her career choice, so keep that in mind!
      Now, I'm going to print out your sewing sheets to use with my granddaughters who are 6 & 5 and have been asking me to teach them to sew! Who knows where this could lead!
    81. Monday, March 25th, 2013
      HI! I am a stay at home seamstress *lol* and I have a son who turns 6 on Easter sunday. I've been toying with the idea of teaching him to sew but worried he was too young. I was 8 when i started making skirts. But seeing all these other comments. . . I'll be teaching him to sew this week. He's got such a bright imaginitive mind and is always saying mum can make me one of those..maybe he can make some boxers for bed. :D Thank you.
    82. Mel
      Monday, March 25th, 2013
      What kind of paper did you use? Just regular old printer paper? Does a thicker paper work best? Thanks!
      • Monday, March 25th, 2013
        I think thinner paper works best! Let me know how it goes.
    83. Amy C
      Sunday, March 24th, 2013
      This is such a good idea! I can't wait to do this with my 7 years old girls and maybe even my 5 years old son!!!!
    84. Kimberly curtis
      Friday, March 22nd, 2013
      Thank you for these posts! And the printouts. My daughter is getting a sewing machine from her grandpa for her 8th birthday next month and these will be good projects for her!!
    85. Jennifer Lopez
      Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
      Thank you so much for sharing this with us. What a smart idea to get them started. My daughter and I will be doing these today.
    86. Carrie-Lyn
      Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
      Thank you for these sheets. I have been looking for somthing to teach my 3and 5 year olds an easy way to stich a straight line. I grew up with my Mom and Grandma sewing and sort of just picked it up I have know idea where to start for such youngsters. I also voleneer at our local school teaching sewing (15year olds much easier than wee ones). I think these sheets will give the students the confidece to opperate a sewing machine. Thanks again.
    87. Yvette
      Sunday, March 17th, 2013
      Wow, this is so timely. I just bought a sewing machine for my 6 yr old son last week. Plus I'm teaching a scout troop to sew next month
    88. Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
      Thank you very much for these activities. My daughters (7 and 5 years old) had a lot of fun while 'sewing' your sheets. They were very motivated and concentrated. Then, they tried to 'write' their names with the sewing machine, on paper, but it was a little bit too complicated!
    89. Monday, March 11th, 2013
      Thank you! We're doing this activity now, and my kids love it. My eight year old son looks adorable at the sewing machine!
    90. Monday, March 11th, 2013
      Thank you! We're doing these activities right now, and my kids love them.
    91. Friday, March 8th, 2013
      These sheets are brilliant! I got a new, fancy Singer for Christmas and my daughter has been begging to learn to sew. Then my son also wanted a try. I'll be using these sheets!
    92. Thursday, March 7th, 2013
      This year we bought a second machine so that I could teach my daughter age 10 how to sew. As I started my son age 10 was upset that he was not included. First, I again was faced with another way my children are different. My daughter is very artsy and wanted to CREATE but did not want the basics. My son has a beautiful straight stitch and took right to the basics and wants to make things (that look like the thing he intended it be). I is a blessing for me whenever I am able to slow down and help them sew.
      I do not remember learning to sew, I was raised at the knee of both my mother and grandmother, who sewed all my early clothes. So, it was hard to find a starting point with my children.
      I am a stay at home mom and was thinking that I may teach a few of the basics to a small number of my kid's friends this summer to earn a little pin money. I love the idea of the print outs to help teaching control. I had the idea of setting a few projects up as the goal of the class, ie one class do a pillow case, another a tote bag, your post is encouraging me to go ahead with the idea.
    93. Thursday, March 7th, 2013
      Hello,
      I teach children, teens & Adults sewing lessons locally, Buford, GA at Hobby Lobby. I was looking for some practice sheets like this for my students. These are awesome and I will incorporate these into my lesson plans. I will be posting some pictures at www.threadedfromheaven.blogspot.com soon. There are some pictures there of some of my students. I will stop back and let you know how they like the exercise. THANKS!
    94. Jerusha
      Thursday, March 7th, 2013
      My 7 year old daughter has shown some interest in the sewing machine. My neighbor's 5 year old son loves to run fabric with contrasting thread through as fast as he can. Maybe he'd be interested in a real project. My sewing machine has a feature where I don't have to use the pedal; it can all be done on the front of the machine. I hadn't even thought about short little legs, so I will teach them how to do this sans pedal. I'll practice too - my straight lines aren't so straight. :P
    95. cam
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      Wonderful printables! And so timely! I have my sewing machine out doing some stuff this week, and my boys have been begging me to let them "sew" something. I've been a little "skeered" of how exactly to go about that, but these will be perfect for them!
    96. Vanessa
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      this is wonderful!! thanks so much for the printables!!
    97. Liz & Maddie
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      My 7 year old has been begging me to teach her how to use my machine. We started with some of the American Girl hand sewing projects but I can't wait for her to try your "practice" sheets out! What a great idea! We will defiantly be following along!
      Thanks so much for doing this~
    98. Julie
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      Thank you! My 18 year old already knows how to sew. We decided we'd teach my 11 and 8 year old how to sew this spring break. Your sheets and guidance will be a tremendous help!! Wonderful!
    99. Melissa
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      My 8year daughter and I will be following.... I just got my first Machine and she has been wanting to learn with me, but didnt know how to start...... she is gonna love this Thanks...
    100. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      What a clever way to teach a child to sew! I love it! My 10yr old son has asked me to show him how to sew and I wasn't quite sure where to begin. Until now. Thank you! I look forward to the future postings in this series. :)
    101. Moriyah shalom
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      What a great project!! I want to learn to sew and just received a singer from a friend who had to move out of the country. I am so excited. I have been pinning so many ideas on Pinterest but since a I am going at this alone, I have not been brave enough to actually get started. I am so glad you are doing this. I will print out your worksheets and see if one of my boys will want to join me. You knows, maybe I can inspire the next Tommy Hilfiger. :)
    102. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      This is awesome and came at just the right time since my 8 yr old is going to have a term break coming up and I've been looking for activities for her to do. She's been begging to sew on my machine and she's done it a few times but not actually complete a project on her on. I have a friend with 2 girls and we can actually set up our own sewing camp!
    103. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Connie, Just start slowly with her. Let her sit on your lap and you push the pedal and let her guide the fabric or paper (if you are doing the sewing sheets). Then start letting her use the pedal. I would give it go!
    104. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      this is fabulous!!! love those dot sheets, never seen anything like that before!
    105. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      thanks for this! it is a great idea, my datter has thought a Janome mini sewingmachine to her birthday, we will try it!
      greetings from denmark ulrike
    106. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Ooo, I'm having flashbacks to my home ec class when I was 13. We had to sew various shapes on paper, including a few circles before getting our licence to sew. Thanks for the memories! It's a few years before I'll do this with my kids, by I hope I remember when the time is right!
    107. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Love this. How old do you think a child should be before learning to use a sewing machine? I have a 6 yr old that wants to but I'm afraid to let her try it yet. She hands sews pretty well.
    108. Jane
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Fantastic idea...I just know my daughter will be so eager to give this a go...I think my son may like to have a go too. Thanks we are looking forward to this series.
    109. Jenny
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      This is incredible! Bella is one lucky girl to have you for her mom! This is such a great idea, Cindy. Can we send our sewing projects to Bella now?! ;-) Can't wait to see what she makes!
    110. Donna
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      I am estatic to have found this post! My girls are 6 and 8 and have been wanting to learn to sew every since I got my sewing machine for Christmas this December (we now have two - 1 for me and one for them). I'm looking forward to all of the good stuff on this site. Oh, and Bella looks about as estatic as I feel. :-)
    111. karen
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Love this! Just printed off a few sewing sheets for my grandaughter. I'm curious, what age would you recommend for these classes? Also, can you recommend any sewing machines for kids to use. I'm not sure I'm ready for her to get all comfortable with my really nice machine. A sewing machine might make a really nice birthday present for her.
    112. Amy
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      My daughter will love this. She needs to gain confidence in sewing. Yours is one of my very favorite blogs. I pin and link all the time. Thank you for such a valuable resource.
    113. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      I've been teaching my friend to sew, she is having a hard time with sewing a straight line, I'm going to print these of for her to practice! I'm also going to print off the maze to practice on my treadle!
    114. Marie
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Yay for this series! There has been a request that we do a 'sewing camp' for our family this year. This will be so helpful for me getting my act together and planning it! They want to do a yoga camp, too, so if you have any other bright ideas... Thank you.
    115. Sunnie
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Thanks so much for doing this, my girls and I are learning together how to sew. Iam really looking forward to these posts.
    116. Audre Gaer
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      As a first project, my 5 year old grandson and I made a small embroidered pillow for Valentines day. He picked the colors of thread, learned to start and stop the embroidery and snip the thread. I stitched it together and he stuffed it. Our next project will be in-the-hoop bunnies. I will let him try these stitching diagrams but I'm not sure how he will reach the foot pedal. I hope you will also have boy friendly projects.
    117. Synthia
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      What a fantastic idea! My daughtter took a recent interest when she saw me at my sewing machine and I had no idea where to start. I'm looking foward to trying out this activity w/her and see how it goes.
    118. Susan
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Thanks for the dot to dot sheet! I've never seen anything so cool and useful for teaching. I used the maze sheet in 4-H when I was learning to sew. We also had a circular one. I'm looking forward to teaching my daughters to sew, just like my mom and grandmother did for me.
    119. Astreia
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Do you think this needs to be printed on cardstock or will regular paper be fine?
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        Astreia, I just printed the sheets on regular copy paper and it worked great. We were not using any thread. If you wanted to use thread I would use cardstock and possibly a heavier needle.
    120. Monica
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      This is perfect! My daughter (also Bella) has a Hello Kitty sewing machine and has been begging me to learn how to sew. I'm no expert, I think these sheets will help me out too!
    121. Chelle
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      I LOVE this idea, but I'm concerned about sewing on paper with my machine. Should we use a special needle? I just messed up my old machine by sewing on paper (scrapbooking), that is why I ask.
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        Chelle, we were using regular copy paper and no thread and didn't have problems. It didn't seem to bother our machine. You might just try stitching a little bit and see how your machine reacts before doing the whole maze or dot to dot. Listen to make sure it sounds as it does when you are normally sewing.
    122. Victoria
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      These are so cute!! What a great idea!
    123. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      wow, this is FANTASTIC! i never learned to sew and i really wish i did. THANK you for doing this!! i have a daughter (she's 1) but i hope that she will learn my passion for crafting and eventually sewing! i'm taking notes - keep the posts coming!
    124. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Thanks for the sewing sheets. My girls have done some like this before, but these look so much more cute! I am sure they will have fun trying these out.
      Thanks,
      KC
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        Let me know how they go!
    125. Sara
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      My daughter will love this! Thanks!
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        Let me know how it goes Sara!
    126. Barbara
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      I'm so excited! I'm just learning how to sew! I have 3 granddaughters one is almost 7 maybe we can learn together! Thanks so much, Barbara
    127. Nadia Cano
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Wow! Thanks for the activities i love it! I need to teach my girl!
    128. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      What a great idea! I want to learn how to use a sewing machine.. I may even need to print these out :)
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        That is great! No age limit required!
    129. virginia
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Keep up the lessons. This looks like a great bonding project.
    130. Aimee
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      My 8 y/o girls have been wanting to learn how to sew, but I didn't know where to start. This will be the perfect introduction for them.
    131. Amy K.
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      These sheets are such a terrific idea! Looking forward to the rest of the series....
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        Thanks Amy! Happy to have you following along.
    132. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      thanks for this! My girls are almost 5 and 7 and want to learn so I will be following along :)
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        So glad to have you and your girls join in! Tell me how its going would you?
    133. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      LOVE this, my 13 year old has been wanting to learn to sew and I didn't know where to start!! thanks
      • Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
        I am thrilled to hear you and your 13 year old will join the fun! Keep me posted.