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Sewing with kids {Craft Camp}

Posted by  ·  June 21, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

Be prepared for a creative summer with these wonderful crafts for children. Just click the button in the left sidebar for ideas to make your summer fun and full of  crafty memories!

Hello, I’m Mel from One Crafty Mumma (in Tasmania) and with the lovely assistance from my daughter (Bella) I’m going to share a children’s sewing project with you today.  Both of my children have been stitching from a very early age and although my 15 year old boy has moved onto other hobbies, Bella is still a very keen stitcher/creator and really enjoys designing her own patterns for simple softies and projects.

How to make a simple softie

a perfect first sewing project for children

The softie below is her very first pattern that she created from a sketch – I’ve included the instructions and also a PDF for the pattern, but your own child might enjoy creating their own design.  It’s a simple process of drawing up a design on paper and then breaking down the elements to pattern pieces so it can be stitched up.  Felt is a great medium for children to work with because it doesn’t fray.

Material list for a simple softie

♥ Felt

♥ Needle

♥ Embroidery cotton

♥ Scissors

♥ Buttons

♥ Stuffing

♥ Printable PDF – 

Free Softie pattern download

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If you’re creating Bella’s softie, simply print out the PDF file (found in the material list above) and follow the cutting instructions listed on the PDF. Next you’ll need to stitch on the buttons, lips and scales, using a simple running stitch.


Stitch the softie together, catching the legs as you go and then stuff.  Sew a family of them by upsizing and/or downsizing the pattern 🙂


A very big thank you to Cindy for letting us join in the with the craft camp fun! Happy stitching everyone. xox

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  1. Saturday, June 25th, 2011
    What a great little super craft. Can't wait to see the next. My daughters are going to love this for one of our very many summer break crafts. Thanks for this great new blog.
  2. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
    such a sweet softie!
  3. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
    I have enjoyed this series of summer crafts more than you will know. I am an art therapist and I work with young adults with cross disabilities. The projects have been perfection...thank you sincerely.
  4. Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
    Thanks Vanilla :)

    Martha - Bella has her own little stash of needles - they all have a really big eye and a very sharp point. It's important to have a sharp point so that it will go through the felt nice and easily - but sometimes it's tricky to find a needle that has both! The best success I've had is buying those multi-mix needle packs and pulling out the biggest needle in the pack for her and keeping the other ones for myself.

    Good luck :)
    Mel xo
  5. Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
    what type of needle did you use? I love this and I think it would be good for my younger girl scouts.
  6. Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
    That is a great idea for a kid's craft.
    I love the outcome, and I'm sure kids have a lot of fun with it.
    Thanks for inspiring us.