Teaching kids to sew is easier than you think, even if you don’t sew yourself. Sewing is a skill that can bring loads of joy and personal satisfaction—a huge confidence builder for sure! From practice sheets to beginner projects, learning to sew can be fun. These ideas will help you get started!
Learning To Sew!
A couple of weeks ago Bella, my 7 year old daughter, spent the night at a friend’s 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 machine in the basement. The little girls were creating “clothes” for their dolls out of little pieces of fabric and simple straight stitches. 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 teach my daughter. 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!
Passing on the Gift of Sewing
Sewing is something that I love and I am beyond thankful that my mom took the time to share it with me. It has 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 and useful to me!
To make it fun and stress free, I have created several beginning sewing projects for us, and I hope you and your young crafter will join us in this learning adventure. Please show us what you are making, and give us ideas of things to make!
We would love to hear your tips and stories, and 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 stitching! It is easy to have a sewing class right at home.
Teaching Children to Sew (Worksheets)
First, even before we wound the bobbin and threaded the machine, was have some fun. I printed out a maze and dot-to-dot so Bella could practice handling the machine. Then we situated her at the table and I showed her how to use the foot pedal and bring the needle down.
These sheets really help improve working in a straight line, lining up the needle, and they provide practice with changing direction and feeding the material in smoothly. You might also like these inspirational practice sewing sheets.
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. The practice sheets are a great idea for low-stress, basic sewing experience. If you mess up a stitch, there’s no pressure, and no need to cut the thread or start over.
As she practiced, Bella 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.
Do you remember the first time you sat with your mother or grandmother and learned to sew? How about the first time you tried threading a needle and pushing the needle through the fabric? I can still remember the pincushion and sewing supplies my mom had stashed away. These are memories that last a lifetime. You are creating wonderful memories!
She thought it was funny what shape the dot-to-dot made. Shhhhh, we can’t tell! Oh how I have loved teaching her to sew.
Here are the sheets we used if you would like to have some fun! Download and print using the fit-to-page mode. Print as many copies as you need to, and watch your little one refine their skills.
Dot-to-Dot Sewing Sheet
Maze Sewing Sheet
We have more practice sewing sheets: Free Printable Practice Sewing Sheets
My Favorite Sewing Tools
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Sewing Projects for Kids
Finally, I want to leave you with some resources to check out! We have so many easy sewing projects to help your children develop their sewing skills. From toys and ornaments to pillows and functional projects, something in this list is sure to spark inspiration.
- Drawstring Backpack
- Teddy Bear
- Easy Tote Bag
- Kids headband
- Doll Dress
- Hanging rainbow cloud
- Hedge Hog Ornament
- Carrot Pencil Holder
- Towel Swim Bag
- DIY I Spy Bag
- Sling Library Bag
- Zipper Pouch ~ this is a bit more advanced but you will be surprised at how easy it is to put a zipper in.
Tell us what you and your kids liked the most. What projects have you tried? Are there other cute ideas for introductory machine sewing that you have discovered? Please share your sewing tips for teaching kids in the comments!
Thanks. I printed off the sheets so that my girls can relearn stitching and handling their sewing machines.
How old is Bella? I have a 5 yr old DGD, a 3 YO DGS, and a <2 YO DGD. The 5 yr is ready, willing and waiting on Mom to teach her. The 3 yr is "busy" so not sure how he'd do, and the 1.5+ will probably want to do it, but is too young, yet, I think. I'm sending this to my Daughter. Thanks!!!
So happy it helps Jean. You might want to sign up for PinPalKids.com!
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
Need some simple ideas for young girls to learn to sew .
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!!
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!
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
How old would you recommend a child be before introducing sewing? And thoughts on the child size machines?
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
I printed out the maze and dot to dot sewing. Do you just sew right on the paper?
Just did this project with my daughter and she LOVED it. Totally genius! I couldn’t help but share it on my own blog.
CUTE!!!! Taught my 8 year old son today to make giraffes for Preemie Prints!! <3 Thank you <3 Jen
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
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!
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