Sewing With Kids – Getting Started

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My 3 littles have been begging me for months to teach them how to sew and after they saw the dolls I made for my littlest little this week, the begging went to a whole new level. I know they have visions of creating stuffed animals and costumes and all sorts of marvelous things, because they won’t stop talking about it! I got to thinking “Why not?!” and set out making a plan to pass this skill onto my littles. I decided that in order to build a strong base for them, we are going to focus on hand sewing first and then introduce machine sewing. Since there are going to be numerous projects and skills learned, I will be breaking up the information into various posts in a series called … Sewing With Kids!

The first thing you need to do is create their own basic sewing kit. As we are starting with basic hand sewing skills, you do not need to worry about gathering up supplies specific to machine sewing (we’ll add those to our kits later!). Here’s what I recommend putting in a child’s sewing kit …


  1. Paper Scissors – These scissors should only be used on paper and not to cut fabric.
  2. Fabric Scissors – These scissors are for use ONLY on fabric! In my house my kids learned from a young age never to use mommy’s fabric scissors on paper, unless you want mommy to transform into a crazy monster!
  3. Thread Snips – Snips are totally optional, but they make cutting threads a breeze, even for little hands.
  4. Fabric Marker – There are numerous types to choose from. Some disappear with heat, some wash-out, some are chalk, etc. This particular one is a wash-out pen.
  5. Seam Ripper – These are always great to have on hand to fix mistakes. No regrets, right!?
  6. Hand Sewing Needles – Choose a larger needle with a big eye (the hole that you put the thread through).
  7. Needle Threader – This handy little helper is such a time saver! With a little practice, your child will be able to thread their OWN needle! High five for us!
  8. Embroidery Floss/Thread – I find starting out with a thicker thread like embroidery floss, is easier to work with for little sewers. It doesn’t break or get tangled as much. I like to wind the floss onto cloths pins to keep it neat and untangled.
  9. Tape Measure or Ruler – These are great to have on hand to help them mark seam allowances and measure out fabric for projects.
  10. Pouch or Case – Of course you need something to put their supplies in! We used inexpensive pencil cases for now, although I do have plans to sew them their own sewing kit bags from this patternone day, when I have time!

One last thing that isn’t included on the list, but they might need occasionally are straight pins and a pincushion. We use this cute little cactus pin cushion that I made a few years ago and then kids love it. I am currently making a larger communal cactus pin cushion to sit in the middle of our work table!



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