Pre-beginner sewing lessons are projects and activities that will
help children 6-8 years old and up ( the age is just a beginning
guideline) learn some basic skills, such as hand sewing.
These kids sewing projects will start by using a needle and thread
and learning how to tie a knot in the thread. Learning to sew by
hand requires a lot of practice. This will also help them prepare
for doing sewing projects on the sewing machine.
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Hand Sewing Lessons
You can do these lessons as often as you'd like. You can do one
lesson a week in the order listed or once a day. It is really up
to the interest of each child. These are the first steps to
learning how to sew by hand. Don't expect a lot from your
beginning sewer in the pre-beginner sewing lessons, it is just
building basics and having fun, nothing more. Kids can start hand
sewing on scrap material. Let them sew whenever they want to
Show kids how to thread yarn onto a non sharp needle. You don't need
to put a knot in the end of the thread.
Thread the yarn through the holes holding the end so it doesn't slip
out. Let kids practice making a design with the yarn. Their yarn
might need re-threaded. That is okay, this will give them practice
threading a needle.
Just keep in mind it may take a lot of practice when learning to
thread a needle, be patient and provide encouragement.
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Threading a needle
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Now that kids have practiced with a larger non-sharp needle, let
them practice threading a smaller hand sewing needle with thread.
This is hard to get at first. It will sometimes take a lot of
Another thing to teach in this lesson is about being careful with
needles. They're sharp on the end and you need to be careful
handling them. Learn to sew carefully so as not to poke yourself
with the needle. They also need to be reminded not to leave them
lying around. Always put the needle in a pin cushion when you're
done so it doesn't get lost or stepped on.
Cut a piece of thread, then pinch the thread together. Wet your
finger first, this will help flatten the thread. Poke the thread
through the hole in the needle. Pull the thread through and meet the
ends together. **In the next lesson, we will tie the end.
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Tying a Knot at the End
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Threading the needle isn't the only basic step that takes practice.
Teach kids to tie a knot in the end of the thread. Bring the thread
ends together to meet at the end and tie a knot. This is even harder
to do and takes lots of patience and practice, but I think it's good
to start them early at least trying to do it.
You may also want to have kids practice tying knots in larger yarn
or rope and then move to tying knots in thread, after you've
threaded your needle from the previous lesson.
To tie a knot in your thread, wrap thread around your finger and
poke needle up under threads, pull needle and thread all the way
through. Slip the loops off your finger and pull knot tight.
Another way to tie a knot in the end is to make a loop at the end of
the thread. Poke the end of the thread through the loop and pull the
knot tight. Tying a knot is something important to learn, as you
will also use it for finishing your hand sewing when you are done.
How to tie a knot sewing video.
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Hand Sewing a Straight Stitch
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In this pre-beginner sewing lesson, you will practice making
straight stitches on scrap material with your needle and thread.
Poke your threaded needle through your layers of fabric. Pull your
thread through the fabric until you reach the knotted end. Poke your
needle back through the fabric and up again to make a stitch, keep
your fabric laying flat. When you are close to the end of your
thread you will need to make a knot and cut off the thread. Thread
your needle again and tie the ends. Now begin where you left off.
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Practice Making Smaller Stitches
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Continue hand sewing and making whatever size stitches they want or
can do. Then work toward making smaller stitches and having them
closer together and more even. This lesson can take lots of practice
and they probably won't get very small even stitches until they are
Hand sewing takes some practice but it is a skill that will benefit
kids through the years. Continue to practice on scrap material
whenever your sewer would like to.