4 Fun and Easy Projects Using Sewing Patterns for Kids Who Stitch

May 6, 2022

If you’re a parent, sewing will fascinate your kid as they see what you can create out of a bland fabric. A simple project to you will look like a masterpiece for them, and they’ll be eager to create their own.

Eventually, your kid will pick up the tools and accessories lying around your sewing space, wanting to try their hand at sewing. They’ll show you an odd-looking piece, but you’ll be proud of it, and they’ll want to make more. 

Of course, you have to encourage their interest! So we're here to give you several project ideas that will keep the creative ball rolling.

sewing patterns for kids - A Happy Valentine’s card with hearts stitched on top portion

Cards with Stitched Shapes

The stitched card project can start your kid off with an easy and enjoyable project that will practice their sewing pattern making. You and your kid can do this in your free time using the sewing starter kit you already have at home.

This project has fun and simple sewing patterns for beginner kids interested in sewing. With this, you can also gauge if your child is ready to proceed to the next level—quilting.

Materials Needed

  • A plain colored card
  • Yarns
  • Threading needle
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor
  • Cardboard

How to Do It

  1. Have your child draw their favorite shape on the cardboard.
  2. Using the scissors, cut out the shape from the cardboard material.
  3. Place the cutout on top of the plain-colored card. It will serve as a shape template.
  4. Use the pencil to draw dots around the template's outline.
  5. Remove the template, and then puncture each of the drawn dots using a pin.
  6. If your kid wants to do multicolored patterns, have them paint those colors on the card using watercolor.
  7. Assist your child in threading the needle and sewing them into one of the holes of the card.
  8. Stitch the yarn across another hole, and repeat the process until it forms the desired shape and pattern.
  9. Your kid now has a stitched card.
sewing patterns for kids - Threads, polyfills, scissors, and two tooth-shaped fabric cutouts

Pillow Art

One of the easy sewing patterns for beginner kids to practice is a pillow. Have your kid draw a design to add a little flair to this sewing project and make it doubly fun for them.

Materials Needed

  • Muslin fabric
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Black marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Sewing thread
  • Tape measure
  • Pin

How to Do It

  1. Cut the muslin fabric into a 12 × 12-inch square.
  2. Have your kid draw whatever they like on the muslin using the black marker. You can prompt them on what to draw—for example, their favorite animal, shape, or object.
  3. Cut outside the drawing and leave a 1- to 2-inch seam allowance from the drawing's outline.
  4. Place the drawn fabric on another muslin fabric and pin them. The idea is to use the drawn fabric as an outline to cut the other fabric and get two identical shapes.
  5. Layer the two fabrics together. Using the sewing machine, stitch around the shape, but keep your stitches ¼ inch from the fabric's fringes. Also, leave a 2-inch opening between the stitched fabric layers.
  6. Insert the polyester stuffing through the opening until you get the desired fluffiness.
  7. Your kid now has a pillow art.
sewing patterns for kids - Three different stuffed toy made from socks

Sock Stuffed Toy

The sock stuffed toy is another easy project to practice sewing machine patterns for beginner kids. While you can hand-stitch this project, you can also introduce your kid to the sewing machine—it requires minimal stitching and gives the right challenge for your kid to take on.

The best part about this stuffed toy project is that your kid can enjoy it as a plaything once done. They can put it on their bed stand or make it their sleeping companion at night.

Materials Needed

  • Old socks
  • Yarns
  • Threads
  • Needles
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Buttons
  • Felt scraps
  • Scissors

How to Do It

  1. Take an old sock and turn it inside out.
  2. Cut yarn about 4 to 6 inches long and tie a knot on one of its ends.
  3. Sew a narrow U shape on the rib of the sock. Make sure you're sewing both the front and back layers.
  4. Cut out the cloth in the middle of the U shape to form the ears of the sock puppet.
  5. To form the eyes of the sock puppet, get a pair of buttons (preferably matching ones) and stitch them side by side in the middle of the sock. Be sure to stitch the buttons on only one layer of the sock. 
  6. Cut out felt in the shape of a mouth and stitch it just below the eyes.
  7. Turn the sock outside in and stuff it with the polyfill. Alternatively, you can leave it empty, so your child can use it as a sock puppet.
  8. Your kid now has a stuffed toy made out of a sock.
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Alt Tag:  sewing patterns for kids - A boy doing an embroidery project

Treasure Bag

If you want to introduce your kid to the joys of embroidery, this simple and easy project will teach them how to make a pattern on an embroidery hoop. The treasure bag is the perfect starting project for your kid, especially if they like to go outdoors and collect stones and trinkets in the neighborhood.

Materials Needed

  • Burlap
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Needle
  • Scrap cloth
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery machine (optional)

How to Do It

  1. Do a zigzag stitch on the fringes of the burlap. Alternatively, you can smoothen it with glue or a sealant.
  2. Place the burlap on the embroidery hoop and have your kid embroider the face of the burlap however they want. If you're confident, you can have your kid use your embroidery machine for added fun.
  3. Fold the burlap material in half. Ideally, it has to be at least 16 inches long and about 10 inches wide to do this.
  4. Teach your kid to stitch the sides of the folded burlap with a running stitch or, if you can, a whipstitch for a neater look.
  5. Cut two scrap cloths into a long strap to serve as the bag's handle.
  6. Stitch the straps on each end of the cloth. Also, make sure to stitch on both layers.
  7. Your kid now has a treasure bag that they can sling on their shoulder.

Fuel Your Kid’s Sewing Passion with Fun

If you’re starting to notice your kid’s passion for sewing, you must fuel that fire. And you can only do that when you make it fun. 

So make time and do these sewing patterns for kids we’ve lined up for you. Be with them from start to finish. It's your chance to create a core memory around their growing passion for sewing. And when they grow up to become an excellent sewist, they'll have you to thank. If you want to read more helpful information about anything sewing for you and your kid, explore our blog. It's filled with informative guides and product reviews to bring you more sewing inspiration.

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