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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

We’re on the home stretch of summer now and you may be trying to find things to keep your kid’s minds (and fingers) busy. Have you considered sewing?

Kids are never too young when it comes to learning crafts, especially sewing. Sewing can not only bring hours of joy, it’s also a practical life skill. These fun sewing ideas will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. I’ve been on the lookout for some cute things they can start off with and the projects I’ve gathered here range in difficulty from toddlers to teens.

Once kids learn any one of these fun sewing projects, who knows these might even spark their imagination to come up with their own creations. So go find a kid and get your sewing on!

1. Fried Egg Felt Zipper Pouch

In the ranks of cute foods, fried eggs are at the top of the list – so here they are, fried eggs in all their felty goodness. The DIY Fried Egg Felt Zipper Pouch is in full effect.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 2. Fabric Scrap Key Chain

Finally, you can get rid of your fabric scraps and teach your young ones to be crafty and resourceful, too.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 3. Book corner bookmark

This lovely bookmark is for the older kids who might want to put a little spin on their own creations.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 4. Emoji Keyrings

Have you seen the hundreds of emoji pillows and products in the stores these days? Once your child makes one of these keyrings, they’ll want to make one for everyone in the neighborhood.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 5. Scented sachets

These scented sachets will not only give your child something to do, these can also keep drawers and closets smell loads better.
Via Martha Stewart
15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 6. Fish Laundry Bags

Cute… check! Useful… check! Easy… check! These adorable Fish Laundry Bags will be the envy of all the other kids at camp.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 7. Pleated headband

Kids will surely enjoy making their own combinations of fabric, buttons, and charms to make these lovely headbands.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 8. I Heart Coffee Cozy

Having a fabric cozy to take with me to get a hot beverage helps to keep the cardboard ones out of the dumpsters. Plus, it is super cute!
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

 9. Keychain chapstick holder

For kids/teens who can’t live without their chapstick – these will keep them from losing them.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

10. Felt forest friends keychains

Kids can make their own little forest friend, hand sew and use on their bags.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

11. Handsewn Beady Eyeglass Case

These would be perfect for kids to make for their grandparents, friends or themselves.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

12. Glove monsters

These cute glove monsters will surely be a hit for kids, they can make them as funny or scary as they like.
Via Craftaholics Anonymous
15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

13. Felt iPod Case

Even young kids have smartphones now, so why not teach them how to better take care of their things by learning how to create a case.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

14. Carefree Cat from Scraps

When you start combining pieces of fabric and sewing them together, the toy starts to create its own character…just like this super carefree cat made from fabric scraps.
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15. Button Sewing

Button sewing is the easiest thing to teach young kids – just use a blunt needle and burlap.
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15 Fun and Easy Sewing Projects for Kids. These starter sewing projects will help kids learn and develop dexterity and coordination. Sewing can bring hours of joy and it's also a practical life skill. Click to check out these amazing ideas now.

I hope these sewing ideas for kids will give you parents the chance to widen your kids’ horizons and teach them a skill or two. If you have other fun and easy sewing ideas that you would like to share with us, please do so in the comments.

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Summer Fun Activity List – Printable

| Kids Fun, Outdoors, Printables

50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.

50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.

No more teachers, no more books… yeah, summer’s here! Oh wait, that means it’s up to me to keep my child entertained for the summer. I’m horrible at imaginary and make believe games like the ones my daughter and husband play – I completely admire the skill to be able to just make up random stories on a whim and have incredible imaginary adventures but that’s a skill I simply don’t possess. Fortunately, I bring my other attributes to the table, mainly creativity. So, with that said, I decided this year to be proactive in my summer fun activities and create a checklist that we put on the fridge to use when we’re having trouble coming up things to do. Maybe if we’re diligent, we can make it through the entire list this summer. I had lots of ideas myself but also found some great activities online.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent out there trying to come up with activities to entertain the kids with, so I’m putting this list on my blog for others to print out and use too.

Download your “Summer Fun List” here.

Also, don’t forget to check out some of the kids activities and ideas I’ve posted previously on my blog:

It’s the first day of summer vacation for us here in Victoria so Noelle and I are off now to go complete the first item we’ve chosen from our list (find smooth rocks to paint and decorate).  Enjoy and have a great summer!

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Craft stick dolls

| Crafts & DIY

Craft stick dolls

Craft stick dolls

Aren’t these little sweeties just the cutest things!  Of course, like all my projects, I found this on Pinterest.  Here’s the original post – which is fabulous by the way.

I have a 6 year old daughter who’s an only child and I’m always on the search for ways to keep her entertained – since I’m not only mom but also her full time playmate.  She has an incredible imagination (as most only children do) so as soon as I saw these cuties I knew I had to make some.

All you need is some washi tape, sharpies and coloured markers that don’t bleed too much (Le Pen markers by Marvy are wonderful for this). Just wrap a few pieces of tape around the stick, draw the head and legs above and below the tape and then add the detailing for the shirt and skirt on top of the washi tape. That’s pretty much it. What a quick and fun project! You could spend much more time on these then I did and make them quite intricate by adding ribbon, buttons, lace, felt and more.  I’m sure when Noelle see’s them she’ll want to make some friends for these sweet dollies herself!

Later, Noelle decided that they needed a town so I took a cardboard box apart and drew a little village background for her.  As I sit here writing this post I can hear her playing with them all in the other room.

The dolls playing in their custom made town.

The dolls playing in their custom made town.

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Pillow Mattress – My first big sewing project

| Crafts & DIY, For the Home, My Life

Cozy flannel pillow bed

Cozy flannel pillow bed

About a year ago or so I created a bucket list of things I’d like to try my hand at.  Nothing crazy or wild, just things I’d like to attempt to learn.  I’d actually forgotten about the list until I had some computer problems and saw it in my files when my computer was upgraded.  I was amazed that when I looked at the list now, I actually had checked off quite a few things in a year including knitting, crocheting and playing tennis.  One thing that was still on the list was sewing.

For Christmas this year I was generously gifted the money to buy a sewing machine which I ordered on boxing day and it came a week later.  When it arrived I took it out of the box and put it in the corner of my office where it sat until just a couple of weeks ago.  I have to be honest – sewing scared me half to death – I know, are you serious!  I’m not really sure why I was so intimidated but I was.  So one day after a serious spring cleaning in my office I noticed that poor, sad little machine in the corner and decided to dust it off and see if I could get it working.

My first attempt at sewing was a heat/rice bag for my daughter; guess what – it turned out pretty well and wasn’t that scary after all. Then I made two more, which were each quite an improvement on my daughter’s heat bag. Once I started feeling a little more confident I did some hemming and made a skirt and matching head band for Noelle.

So here’s a really cool project I made yesterday – a pillow bed (or mattress, whichever you prefer).  I took Noelle to the store and she got to chose her own fabric.  We picked flannel material so that the bed would be extra cozy.  Noelle helped with everything including the washing, measuring, cutting, pinning and testing of course.  I didn’t use a pattern but followed the instructions from this great posting: http://mplainsmall.hubpages.com/hub/Pillow-Pallets

Overall, I’m thrilled with the results and the only thing I have left to do (which wasn’t in the instructions but I think would like nicer) is to add Velcro to each pillow opening just to tidy it up.  I had a little extra material left over so I concluded the project by making a little stuffed owl toy that was cute but ended up taking longer to make then that pillow bed did – oh well, you live you learn!

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