In this Level 3, beginning sewing projects and lessons, kids will
move beyond making straight stitches on the sewing machines by
practicing curves, corners and the gathering stitch. For each lesson
we have an easy sewing project to practice the skill learned.
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Beginning Sewing- Project 1- Sewing Safety and Scissor Projects
Then try some scissor projects to practice using and
cutting with sewing scissors. These no-sew projects include tying a
fleece blanket, making a fleece scarf and more.
Beginning Sewing- Project 2- Continue Hand Sewing
sewing and try hiding the stitches in your seam. Hiding your
stitches in the seam is sewing so your stitches are not visible.
After practicing hand sewing, do the following project, Sew a Lap Desk project
Beginning Sewing Project 3- Mending by Hand or with a Machine
Keep mending things either by hand or on the sewing machine. In our
last level Kids Sewing Lessons we mended by hand. Try mending
clothes or other items with the sewing machine. Kids think it's
pretty cool that they can fix things by sewing. After mending a few
items, try this kids beginning sewing project, Sew a hair scrunchy
Beginning Sewing Project 4 - How to Sew Curves
Now you will practice sewing wide curves on the machine. It might be
easier at first to draw a line on scrap material then follow the
line with your sewing. Draw a line with a fabric pencil or chalk.
Work toward using the foot on the machine as your guide instead of
your line. It is a great idea to use scrap material and just
continue practicing. This way, you can learn what the machine will
do and what you need to do without worrying so much about doing it
right. We have sewing templates to
practice sewing curves.
On a piece of scrap material practice making 90 degree angles. Sew
along the side to the corner. Instead of finishing each side to the
end and taking it off the machine as we did in previous lessons,
leave your thread in the material, needle down, lift up your presser
foot and turn your material 90 degrees.
Put your presser foot down and continue on until you reach the end.
Tip: Work toward using the presser foot as your guide, this will
keep you going straight when sewing corners and curves.
Beginning Sewing Projects 6- Basting
Basting is a very basic stitch and really should be what the kids
start with on the machine. It's just the longest stitch length that
your machine will do. Patterns tell you to baste stitch something
mostly as a guide and then you can pull it out later. On a scrap
material sew a basting stitch, check your sewing manual if you
aren't sure how to change the stitch length. Sew different stitch
lengths and compare the difference.
How to Baste Sewing Video.
Beginning Sewing-Projects 7 - Changing a Needle
Learn how to change a sewing needle and choose a sewing needle. Most
machines are the same in regards to changing a sewing needle. Check
your sewing machine manual. Turn off your machine when changing your
needle. Remove your needle.
Replace the needle with the flat side toward the back. Different
needles are used for different types of materials such as
lightweight or heavier fabrics. Read your needle package for the
correct size needle.
Beginning Sewing-Project 8 - Pockets
When you sew with patterns and make clothes, you will add a pocket
by folding the edges of a rectangle and pinning to your material
where indicated. Then sew along the edges. Sewing pockets is as easy
as sewing a straight line and stopping where you need to stop. We
will practice by making a pocket purse or bag where you will sew two
You can do a simple pocket project by cutting out two pieces of
material about the size of a pocket. With right sides together
sewing edges leaving one end open. Turn right sides out and pin open
edge inside 1/4 inch. Pin pocket to a t-shirt and stitch pocket to
The gathering stitch will be easy and fun for kids to see that they
can gather up material with the thread. It will take lots of
practice to master sewing something gathered to something else. The
gathering stitch can be used for making ruffles on pillows and other
items, as well as gathering the skirt of a dress to the top.
Practice sewing a gathering stitch on a square piece of material.
First you will use the gathering stitch, or basting stitch which is
the loosest stitch or longest stitch. See your sewing machine manual
if needed. Sew the gathering stitch about 1/2-1 inch from the edge
of a piece of scrap material. Pull the thread from the back of your
material to gather your stitches closer together. Be careful not to
pull the thread too hard or the thread will break and you will have
to sew another gathering stitch.
The gathering stitch can be used for making ruffles on pillows and
other items as well as gathering a shirt to a bottom of a dress.
Kids Beginning Sewing Projects
Do any of the following beginning sewing projects.
I recommend using cotton or cotton blend materials at this point.
Make sure you pre-wash your fabric. Look back at Level
or 2, if you haven't done these projects for more kids
beginning sewing projects.