I think most everyone has at some point seen a quilt or some other kind of sewing project that called to their heart. But you quickly put it out of your mind because you either don’t know how to sew, don’t feel confident enough with your sewing skills, OR (my favorite excuse), you don’t have TIME. I can understand being intimidated by sewing projects when you aren’t sure what you’re doing, and heaven knows I understand being busy, but I’ve found 12 sewing projects easy enough for children to make that you can also do in the same time it takes to watch your favorite show (or two). I KNOW you’ll want to make #8!
1. 20 Minute Tote
If you can cut out rectangles and sew straight(ish) lines, you can make this fabulously fun tote bag. Use them for groceries, as a lunch sack, to carry sports gear, or whatever… there’s always a need for a good tote bag. Learn how to make your own in 20 minutes or less from Purl Soho.
2. Dish Towel Apron
We can all use an apron or give one as a gift. Make this adorable waist apron in under 30 minutes using just a large dish towel. The ribbon and flower are the perfect embellishments! Pattern found here.
3. Super Hero Cape
It’s just a fact: Part of the “Mom” job description is being a costume designer. Whether you have a child wanting to be a super hero for Halloween or it’s Super Hero Day at school, use this quick and easy pattern to make the perfect cape for Captain Kiddo!
4. Pet Bed
Make your favorite furry friend a bed of their own. You’ll just need some fabric and batting. So easy and Fido and Garfield will LOVE it! Get the pattern from Jembellish.
5. Pillow Cover
Pillow covers are such an easy way to add some color and style to a room or porch! And it couldn’t be any easier with this quick and simple pattern from The Wonder Forest.
6. Baby Blanket
When I was first learning to sew, I was always intimidated by blanket patterns. I think this was because my mother, an expert quilter, always made such beautiful and elaborate quilts with tiny, intricate details. But blankets don’t have to be so fancy to be special! When it comes to saving memories from my babies, even the simplest blankets become treasures. I think this pattern is perfect for keeping the project simple for you while still creating a special keepsake! Patchwork Posse shares the pattern here.
7. Strawberry Hot Pad
I know hot pads can sound a bit cliché for a sewing or knitting project, but how many of them do you see that aren’t square? This hot pad is such an simple project for beginning sewers and the strawberry pattern would be so berry fun to have in your kitchen! DIY instructions found on Sew Some Stuff.
8. Baby Quilt
There’s that word again: quilt. But don’t worry. Although this project is a little trickier than the baby blanket from idea #6, with a little more patience, you can still make this project with great success! The rectangles are just straight stitched together and the trimming can be done in no time at all. It would be so much fun to pick out the fabrics for that new baby coming into your life! Get the tutorial from Kitchen Table Quilting.
9. Pirate Hat
Whether for Halloween or a birthday party, this pirate hat is just TOO cute to pass by! I love the skull and crossbones! No need to feel like they have to look perfect. Little Buccaneers will have so much fun with a pirate hat of their own. Go to Simple Simon & Company to get the details.
10. Baby Bib
Here’s another great baby gift idea. Can’t go wrong with helping mom and dad keep baby clean during meal time! You’ll find this pattern to be so easy that you’ll want to make three or four bibs instead of just one. Pattern.
11. Baby Hat
Babies make everything look so dang cute! These stretchy baby hats are no exception. Learn how to make your own adorable baby hats right here from Make It & Love It.
12. Sleepover Pillowcase
We all need a little bit of home with us when we go on sleepovers! How neat is this sleepover pillowcase?! It has a handle for easy carrying and a front pocket to keep furry friends or blankies. Lemon Squeezy Home shares how to make this surprisingly easy pillowcase here.