The recommended age for the kids sewing lessons, intermediate level,
is 13 and up. However, each child is different so the age is a rough
guideline. If you are just joining kids sewing lessons, look through
our past lesson levels before starting this level, regardless of
age. See these 10 Tips for
Teaching Kids To Sew.
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Lesson 1- Fasteners
This is an easy way to finish off a project. In the future, you may
do these along with a zipper on skirts or pants or you can add them
to a pocket, this it what we will practice today.
Hooks and snaps are easily sewn to an item by hand sewing. You can
also buy snaps that are attached with a special tool. We are going
to do a simple project such as a coin bag and add a snap to close
Other ways to practice different fasteners are to add a snap to a
button on your shirt, or add a hook and eye to a skirt that has a
small gap above the zipper.
Kids Sewing Lessons 2- Sewing a
Each machine is different when it comes to sewing a button hole, so
check your sewing manual for directions. Then make a drawstring bag.
We've done this before in a previous level but we are making a
Facings/ interfacings will probably come up once you start using
patterns for shirts or pants. Interfacing makes collars or
waistbands stiffer and stronger. They can also make tote bags and
purses stronger. You can do any of these tote bag projects and add
an extra step of ironing on interfacing to the inside of your
bag. Patchwork Tote Bag Sew a Tote Bag Tote Bag Instructions
Learn how to sew on a zipper. These can be tricky, so have lots of
patience. Just remember that it's okay to make mistakes. It is part
of learning how to sew. Look at your sewing machine manual to
see how you sew a zipper on your machine.
Video Tutorial: How to Sew a Zipper
Before you finish your zipper bag, you should practice putting in a
zipper on a piece of scrap material. Pinning the zipper in
place will help. Sew slowly.
Finish the Zipper Bag Project
you started in the previous lesson.
Need a fun hand sewing project?
Kids Sewing Lesson 5- Complex Patterns
Pick out a more complex pattern that has zippers or buttonholes.
Choose your material and work on your project before moving on to
the next lesson.
Lesson 6- Experiment with Different Material
Try silks, satins, slippery and thicker materials (be sure your
sewing machine can handle the thickness first). Start with a very
simple pattern for this such as pajama pants or an elastic waist
skirt, silks and satins can be frustrating, even for the more
advanced sewer. Be sure to pin everything really well. Put the pins
closer together, too. This will help keep the material from
moving while you?re sewing. Another idea is a satin or silk pillow.
Try one of these patterns... Rectangle Pillow Patchwork Pillow Pillow Cover
Kids Sewing Lessons 7- Experimenting
At this point, you can try whatever you want and learn from there. A
lot of learning to sew is trial and error, learning your basics and
putting it to the test. I've been sewing for a long time and still
make mistakes. Some patterns still baffle me and some steps are
still confusing. Learn the basics and the other things will come
Lesson 8- Designing
There are a lot of fabric notions you can buy to embellish your
clothes you have already. Add lace or ribbon to an item of clothing,
mix and match with fabrics or patterns. You have the
skills, now you can play with designing and creating.
Some projects for this are:
Adding a lace trim to a pillowcase
Adding trim to a pillow
Adding ribbon to sleeves of a t-shirt
Adding ric rac to a project for decoration
Lesson 9- Quilting and How to sew a blanket
We are going to take the sewing knowledge you have now and
learn a little about quilting. Try any of these projects.