Monday, May 6, 2013

Guest Post: Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

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Today I have a fun guest post from Paul, who also blogs over at babysittingjobs.com. I connected with Paul a few weeks ago and loved his philosophy and blogging style so I thought he'd be a good fit with my blog. So without any further ado, here's Paul's post! 

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When it comes to sharing a love of sewing with your kids there are many fun activities you can try.
Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Button art – When I was a child I remember my grandmother giving me a needle, thread and
a jar of buttons. I had so much fun threading those buttons to create garlands and necklaces.
I also sewed buttons onto leftover material to create beautiful works of art. By adding a little
embroidery I made fields of flowers, bubbles and so much more. Kids love buttons because of
the variety of shapes and colors they come in and just letting them play with buttons is a great
activity you both can enjoy.

2. Bean bag – Making a bean bag is a fun and easy beginner’s project for a child. All they need is
two small pieces of material and a needle and thread. Have them sew together the two spices of
the material leaving open a small hole. Then fill the bag with beans or rice and sew shut. They
can decorate the bean bag with glitter and glue or even sew on button eyes. Fun and useful for
many games!

3. Travel Tic Tac Toe – A simple tic tac toe board is easy to make and fun for kids in the car or
on the go. Just have kids take two squares of material, about four inches by four inches. On one
piece have them embroider a hash pattern like #. Then sew three of the sides together making
a pocket. They can gather five dark buttons and five light buttons and use those for Xs and Os.
Store in the pocket and you have a homemade travel game!

4. Tote bag – For kids who like to carry around a lot of stuff have them make their own tote bag.
Two pieces of material about the size of a piece of paper and two strips of material about an
inch wide and five to eight inches long is all you need. Have the kids sew together three side
of the material making a pocket. Then at the opening sew on the strips of material to form
handles. Decorate and enjoy the tote bag!

5. Name art – Every child loves their name and this easy sewing project is a great idea for a gift
or room decoration. Using a large stencil cut out material in the shape of the letters that make
up their name, two pieces per each letter. Have the child line up the letters and sew together
the two pieces, filing them with stuffing as they sew to create letter pillows. Then attach thin
ribbon or other material to hang up the letters. You can hang them from the wall to spell out the
child’s name or even use the ribbon to attach the letters together as a banner. By varying the
materials you can have a work of art that matches the room’s d├ęcor and is still handmade by
your child!

These are just a few of the many ideas that you can use to encourage your children to learn to love
sewing. Sewing can be a fun activity for children as long as you find out what interests them. Most
children love to help mom and dad work, so sewing together is a great opportunity for you to share
your hobby.

Author Bio:
Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching
all things related to childcare. Their website “www.babysittingjobs.com” holds a wealth of
information for those looking for babysitters.

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