Kids Sewing Lessons
In kids sewing lessons level 4 we will work on sewing elastic, using
the iron, working with material and starting to use patterns. This
is where they really learn and experiment with the sewing machine.
Kids are really getting the hang of things now and they want to do
more and be more creative.
The recommended starting age for these free how to sew instructions
at 10-12 years
old, however, each child is different so, the age is a rough
guideline. If you are just starting kids sewing lessons, look
through our past lesson levels before starting, regardless of age.
Always remember to wash your fabric before sewing, if it is new.
You can submit your own kids sewing projects or see
others submitted projects below.
Kids Sewing Lessons 1
Using the Iron
Explain how to properly use your iron. Kids should use the iron with
adult supervision and be cautious to never touch the bottom with
their hands or leave the iron lying down on the ironing board. As
you start making clothes or using patterns, you will need to use the
iron for certain things, such as pressing a seam flat before sewing
it to a different piece. You can do a simple project, such as
patching a hole in a pair of pants or creating a new shirt with an
Now try this No-Sew
using iron-on adhesive.
~ If you haven't seen the Sewing
Machine 101 video
, you can read
on the free video class. It is a great introduction
to using the sewing machine.
Kids Sewing Lessons 2
Using the Seam Ripper
Learn how to use a seam ripper safely and properly. You'll need to
practice this a lot. There are times when you will need to rip seams
out. Even advanced sewers have to rip things out occasionally. On a
scrap piece of material sew several rows of stitches. Use the seam
ripper to rip out your seams. It may be frustrating to make mistakes
but ripping out mistakes is something everyone has to learn.
After practicing, try these Recycle
Old Tie Projects
Kids Sewing Lessons 3
Top stitching is just a basic stitch that is stitched over the top
of the fabric. It gives the project a finished look. Do this sewing
project for practice.
Dinner Napkins or Bread Cloths
Kids Sewing Lessons 4
Using Elastic in Waistbands
We did a project in the previous lesson using elastic. See Sew
This time we will make a casing to insert your
elastic into and create a waistband. A casing is like a tunnel that
you will push the elastic through. Do the following project to
Kids Sewing Lessons 5
Darts and Pleats
Darts are a long triangle, with the flat end on the edge of the
fabric. Pleats are shaped like a rectangle. Learn how and practice
darts and pleats on scrap material.
Kids Sewing Lessons 6
Different machines do different stitches. Every machine has a manual
that will tell you the stitches your machine does. Some stitches are
just for decorations, but some can not only be decorative, but
actually have a purpose. Some of these may include:
- Blind hem stitch, which sews a hem without it being shown.
- Shell Tuck stitch. This sews a lace like edge.
- Elastic stitch sews on elastic so that it can still stretch.
Read through your sewing machine manual and discover some of the
stitches that can be done. Your machine most likely came with
several pressure foots as well, like the buttonhole foot or zipper
foot. We will learn about these later on.
Practice different stitches on scrap material that your machine can
do. Then do this project: Appliqué
Kids Sewing Lessons 7
We learned the gathering stitch in the previous lesson. In this
lesson we are going to practice with gathering and sewing pieces
together. Once you are making things with patterns you may use this
same technique in sewing on a sleeve or something similar to this
Find an old shirt
and transform it into a dress.
(If you are a boy it
will still be fun to do this project for a younger sibling or
Kids Sewing Lessons 8
Lay Out and Cut Out
Anytime you buy patterns and sew, you will need to learn to lay out
your material and cut exactly. In this project, we will practice
laying out and cutting a simple pattern. All you need is a pair of
shorts (for you or a younger child) and a simple t-shirt.
into Shorts Project.
Kids Sewing Lessons 9
Sewing with Your First Pattern
Perhaps you've been to the fabric store before and even bought
material for previous lesson projects. Read Fabric
Store Field Trip
then come back to this lesson.
Read and print off the field trip. Pick out a pattern in your size
but try to stay away from buttonholes or zippers for now. Look for
an elastic waist shorts, lounge pants or elastic skirt. These are
good for a first project. In the next level you will be able to
experiment further. Right now we want to practice the skills you've
learned thus far.
Some good first sewing patterns to try are Kwik
. Try #3345 pants or shorts, #3336 skirt or a
pajama pants pattern.
On the back of the pattern it will tell you how much fabric you
need for your correct size. It also will tell you the type of
material suggested for that pattern and if you need any notions or
other items. Notions are items to finish your clothing such as
buttons or zippers. The pattern will also tell you if you need
interfacing, bias tape or other items. You can look at other
patterns for examples but save items with zippers, buttons, etc
for our next sewing level.
Pick out the material you'd like to use for your kids sewing
project. Stick to cotton or cotton blends when starting with
patterns. More slippery material usually only ends up in
frustration at this point.
You could try one of these free
Simplicity patterns available to download:
Kids Sewing Lessons 10
Following a Pattern
For this first project try a simple pattern. Each pattern comes with
a sheet of directions. Included in the directions is how to lay your
material out, positioning your pattern pieces and step by step
directions to sew your project. This is a great guide to help you
with your project so read and follow the instructions. Wash your
fabric before using it. This helps the finished project to not
There are arrows on your pattern pieces. These arrows should go with
the grain of the material. The grain of the material is the
direction the material stretches the most.
If you follow the layout in your pattern instruction it will lay
correctly. If not you need to be sure the arrows go with the grain.
If you don't, it can affect the way your clothes hang when you wear
them and sometimes they'll stretch and wear out differently which
eventually makes your project fit strangely.
Also, the arrow line should be measured from the selvage edge and be
an equal distance-perfectly parallel to the selvage. You should
start with your arrow line and pin it and then pin the rest of the
pattern piece, unless it's on a fold and then you pin to the fold
first. The selvage edge is the edge of the fabric that isn't cut, it
won't fray and is often woven together.
Before you start cutting it out, lay out all your pieces and double
check for accuracy. Pin the pattern pieces to your material. When
you are sure they are all placed correctly you can start cutting.
You can find some beginning
here we recommend.
Kids Sewing Lessons 11
Experiment with Different Material
Sewing on satin material compared to cotton is a big difference.
Satin is slippery and hard to stay in a straight stitch. Find
several scraps of material with a variety of textures and sew
several rows of stitches on each. Practice stitching and compare
what is easiest to work with.
See and feel the difference and how the machine will act differently
sewing these materials. A great place to find odds and ends of
material is in a remnant pile. These are pieces of material that are
left at the end of a bolt of fabric and are usually less than 1
Look back at previous projects and sewing levels for more kids
sewing projects from these kids
lessons Level 4.
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