1. Fabric Scrap Key Chain
How fun are these fabric scrap key chains?! And I don’t think they could be more perfect for beginning or young seamstresses (Sewer for boys? How about Sewist?). Not only is the pattern simple, but keychains are often a favorite souvenir or gift for many children. The letters and buttons are especially fun! Get the tutorial from Craftiness Is Not Optional.
2. Corner Bookmark
This book corner bookmark would be an excellent introductory project for young sewers. You’ll actually use more card stock or heavy paper than you will fabric, but the idea would be to practice using the sewing machine to stitch straight lines. Plus, bookmarks are always popular and great to give as gifts! KR Creations shares how to make these book-lover keepsakes here.
3. Beady Eyeglass Case
Practice hand stitching with this beady pattern. Each case could be so unique with a careful selection of beads. Yet another wonderful gift idea. Get the pattern from Howtosew.com.
4. Forest Friends Keychains
Normally I don’t share two of the same idea in one post, but I simply could not resist these adorable forest friends keychains! I wouldn’t be able to choose between the fox and owl! Share the pattern with your Aspiring Seamstress here from Repeat Crafter Me.
5. Glove Monsters
When my middle son was a toddler he saw a commercial on TV with monsters and became terrified to go to sleep at night. My husband and I tried all sorts of ideas to help him see that monsters aren’t real but nothing worked. We had many sleepless nights for awhile until my genius aunt suggested beating the monsters with monsters. Not 3 hours later, Aunt Elaine showed up on my doorstep with a silly plush monster for my son. She sat him down and explained how his new monster friend would keep any other monsters away. We’ve never had a case of “monster-mares” ever since. Whether you have monster-woes like we did or just want to find a purpose for a lone glove, you can scare up the pattern here from Craftaholics Anonymous.
6. Electronics Pouch
How awful is it when your phone or iPod drops and the cover shatters!? Help your Little Sewist create a very handy pouch to protect your handheld devices. Diary of a Quilter has all the info here.
7. Pencil Case
It’s the middle of summer as I write this and is therefore FAR too early for me to even want to think about going back to school, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still admire these pencil pouches from this happy day in June. Your Little Sewist will have those zippers mastered and in the
bag pouch in no time! Directions from Crazy Little Projects.
8. Happy Birthday Banner
Oh the ever-important birthday banner! Once you’ve had one, no birthday is ever complete without it. Young sewers and seamstresses would have so much fun making this super simple project! As a unique gift idea, these would be much appreciated by your child’s teacher to celebrate class birthdays!
9. Baby Blanket
My dear friend shared a story with me a few years ago about her daughter Lucy. Lucy had been an only child in her impressive 7 years of life and was having a hard time accepting that Mom was going to have a baby soon. Lucy’s mom came up with the brilliant idea to help Lucy sew a baby blanket to welcome Baby the Second into the world. Lucy was so excited by the project that all her nerves of becoming an older sister quickly dissolved. Teach your Little One to make a baby blanket of their own as well with this pattern from Crazy Little Projects.
10. Super Hero Cape
I don’t believe in telling my boys that they can or can’t learn a new talent just because it isn’t something I would personally choose for them to do/not do (within reason, of course!). However, I do believe it’s important to teach children, boys and girls, the basics of sewing. We all wear clothes and those clothes are equally as likely to get holes or lose buttons, so I see value in teaching at least the basics of this life skill to everyone. If your child is having a hard time getting inspired to sew, perhaps they’ll change their mind when they see this SUPER project! Pattern and directions found here.