If you’ve come to my blog looking to teach your child or students to sew you’ve definitely come to the right place. I hope my Sewing with Kids Guide will answer all your questions about how to sew with kids and what to sew with kids!
I love teaching children to sew and hope you will too. I’ve tried to make everything here as clear and simple as possible. Learning to sew is one of the most exciting skills your kids will learn. Teaching kids to sew can be daunting. It can be chaos when you have 20 or more kids all needing help. But after 25 years of teaching, I still find it exciting and rewarding to see the pride on their faces when they sew something they really love.
I walk you through the basic supplies you’ll need to sew with your kids and how to decide which supplies are the ‘right’ ones to buy. I’ll talk about what needles work best with kids and why. Different ways to thread a needle. Should you use pins or sewing clips? What is a good thread to use? Different types of felts. What sorts of stuffings are available and what scissors work best when you need to cut fabric.
Next I’ll show you how to teach kids to sew a simple running stitch. That is my all time favourite stitch. I’ll also give you a few extra stitches you might like to try with your kids.
I’m thrilled to say so many mums, teachers and librarians are teaching sewing classes/workshops these days. Teaching a group of kids to sew can be a little daunting. And I totally understand that. So this section gives you the run down and includes answers to questions such as:
How many kids should I have in my class?
How long should the class be? and
What is a good age to start?
And of course now you’ll want lots of free and simple to sew fun sewing projects. This list of tutorials will keep your kids happily sewing for a very long time. These are the tutorials posted in the last 6 years for Sew a Softie in July by hundreds of bloggers around the world.
I hope these posts help you get started on your sewing with kids adventure.
And if you’re looking for some fun hand sewing books to give as a gift to your kids then have a look at The Zenki Way: A Guide to Designing & Enjoying Your Own Creative Softies or Sewing Simple Softies with 17 Amazing Designers.
If you still have a few minutes to spare, and I hope you do, you might be interested in reading my article on why hand sewing is so important for young kids to learn.
If you have any questions you are welcome to visit the Sew a Softie facebook group or email me at trixi(at)sewasoftie(dot)com