For these pre beginner sewing lessons and projects the age
suggestion (7-8 years old) is just a rough guess. Each child is
different, so judge accordingly. Keep in mind if you are just
starting to sew, but older than the suggested age, you may want to
go back and look at previous age groups. Each lesson has an easy
project to practice the skill they learned.
Gather items of clothes that need mending. These can be simple
things such as a hole in a sock or a hole in a shirt and practice
Pre Beginner Sewing Lesson 3 - How to Sew Buttons
To practice how to sew a button you will need:
Square of scrap material
Needle and thread
In this kids sewing lesson we will practice sewing buttons.
Using a square of scrap material, sew on buttons wherever and as
many as you desire. Make sure you start the needle on the back side
or wrong side of the material. Bring your needle up through the
hole. Pull all the way to the end. Put your needle down into the
next hole. Continue several times up and down through the button
holes until your button is secure. Tie a knot at the end of your
thread when you are done on the back side of your material.
Pre-Beginner Sewing Lesson 4 - Introduce the sewing machine
Introduction to the Sewing Machine
Some points to review when teaching how to use a machine are:
Where is the power button
How the sewing machine works inside
Introduce safety here, such as keeping your hands away from
You don't have to sew anything here just take a good look at what
your sewing machine can do.
Take a look at the machine manual and review what each part of your
machine is. Then move on to the next lesson.
Lesson 5 - Threading a Needle on the Sewing Machine
Following the sewing machine directions learn how to thread your
machine. Some machines are different so it is best to follow the
manual. My machine has numbers to guide the threading process.
Threading a needle might be frustrating for awhile, but have them
keep trying, once they get it, they'll be really proud of themselves
for mastering it.
*For additional safety, turn your machine off when threading.
Pre-Beginner Sewing Lesson 6 - Threading a Bobbin
Again following your machine manual, add thread to your bobbin and
thread it to the machine. The video above will help also.
The video above will also show you how to thread your bobbin.
Pre Beginner Sewing Lesson 7 - Practice Sewing on the Machine
Using an old needle, practice sewing, without thread on a piece of
paper. Practice sewing straight lines and turning corners.
dull your needle and affect sewing on fabric, so, use an old needle
or replace your needle after this lesson. (Dull needles can catch
and pull on material when using the machine)
you stay close by and observe your child. Make sure they keep their
hands away from the needle.
On a piece of scrap material, sew a straight stitch with the sewing
machine. Practice as much as you'd like then move on to the next
step. At this stage, we are just practicing a straight stitch not
making corners or back-stitching.
Use the ½ or 1/8 inch lines to the side of the presser foot to guide
you. Try to stay straight with those lines.
Kids Sewing Lessons 9 - Sewing Backwards
You'll need to know the backwards stitch for two main reasons.
To secure your stitches, you will start sewing and then sew
backwards for a few stitches. This will secure your ending
stitches and keep them from coming loose.
Sometimes while you're sewing you'll veer off your sewing
line. You need to learn the right way to get back to your sewing
line. You do that, by sewing backward to where you started to
veer off and then continuing forward on the correct line.
Practice on your scrap material, starting on one side, making a few
stitches and then sewing backwards. Continue sewing down the side
and when you reach the end sew backwards again to secure your
stitches. Take off and trim your lose threads with scissors. When
you are sewing you will always secure your stitches this way, except
in rare cases, such as the gathering stitch, that we will talk about
Pre -Beginner Sewing Projects
Once you've practiced as much as you'd like, move on to these Pre-
beginner sewing projects.
For each of these projects we are not making corners at this point.
Sew one side to the end, take it off, sew the next side, etc.
Use cotton or cotton blend material, nothing slippery or thick at
this point. Always launder your material you are using before
starting your project.
Use a plastic quilting ruler or tape measure to measure the exact
length and width. You may find a fabric pencil helpful to draw the
lines with a ruler then cutting out your project.