Monday, November 14, 2011

Easy 1st Sewing Project for Kids



I was reading crafterhours' post, Learning to Sew at 5 this weekend and thought that would be a very good idea for Serenity!

She enjoyed the craft so much I decided to make her own sewing kit.

So following my Gift Bag Tutorial (I added a little 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" felt pocket) I created a couple of years ago, I made two sewing kits.
One bag is for Serenity and the other one for her mail buddy, Brianna.
Brianna's Mom, Kim is Grow With Me Gifts, and we've been mailing little goodies back and forth for the girls for a while now.
They live way up North - where it snows!
Serenity thinks that's amazing and hopes to visit her friend one day.
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The kits were simple to make - and very inexpensive.

The pocket holds scissors, 2 blunt tapestry needles, and a wand.
The wand is one from Boutique Ollie Girl (it came with one of her Princess dresses), and Serenity wanted to give it to her friend, Brianna.
I rolled up around 1 yard of ribbon and put it in the pocket after taking this picture.
There are two "templates" - a heart and flower, and 1 piece of craft eco-fi felt.
I added a star template later too.
I found the little horse floss organizer from Michael's for $2.99.
It's loaded with DMC 5 embroidery floss.
I find that size thread is the easiest for little ones to use - less chance of splitting and tangling.
The 5 floss is also easier for kids to get through the eye of a small needle.
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Serenity's very first project was a little heart "pillow".
She says it's for her TY Magenta plush.

Her second project was another heart "pillow", this time for her friend, Brianna!

Here's how she made it:



Materials:
heart template
eco-fi felt
scissors
blunt tapestry needle (size 22)
embroidery floss (DMC 5)
stuffing fluff (not pictured)

Serenity threaded her own needle.
She's concentrating so hard!

Then she carefully sewed around the heart.
I told her to try to keep her stitches as small as possible.
She was doing a really good job!

When she got back around to the beginning, she left a small opening.
Next she used a handful of fluff to stuff it.

Finally, she sewed the opening closed.

I helped her secure it at the end.
She got to use my "golden scissors" to cut the floss.
She thinks they are "treasure" because they are "gold"!
All done!

These would made fun Christmas ornaments.
Just add a ribbon at the top!

First time sewing projects are perfect little gifts your child can give to her friends - one that she made all by herself!

Serenity little barrette is one I made following my Embroidered Felt Hair Clip tutorial.
I used this flower template - they were just the right size and the snap clips fit perfectly.
I love adding a little doodle to a barrette.
It helps me to practice and I still need lots of practice!
The book, Doodle Stitching is a big help to me too.

Serenity's top is from Dress Me.
It actually used to be a dress, but it's much too short now!
Her pretty pink Hanna Andersson clogs are an Ebay find - very cheap and still in excellent condition!


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4 comments:

crafterhours said...

thank you for the shout-out, Angie! Your sewing kit is adorable - I can't get over that horse. My kids would flip for that. Serenity's hair clip is super cute too!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Thank you for visiting and reading my post! I love your blog - everything you make is so adorable! Especially your Belle Dress tutorial - I've been eying that one for a long time - it's on my NEED TO DO list. Serenity would LOVE to have one!!

Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [15 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Thank you Maria!!

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