Summer vacation is around the corner. And if you’ve still got kids at home – and you’re like me – you’re probably looking for things to keep them busy. And as a bonus: maybe you’re also looking for ways to teach them some new skills. Sewing is a fun project to tackle in the summer. I’ve put together a list of 10 simple sewing projects to teach a beginner how to sew.
This post is sponsored by Baby Lock Sewing Machines. I have been working with Baby Lock Sewing Machines as an ambassador for over 5 years now and continue to be impressed by every machine I’ve used!
I created a list of 12 perfect simple sewing projects for kids or any beginner to learn how to sew. I tried to come up with a wide variety of projects that would both teach a range of different skills, as well as provide a assortment of project ideas to pique someone’s interest.
Sewing Projects Perfect for Kids + Beginners
Easy Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial
A simple project that is also useful. And easy to source the materials by using 2 Fat Quarters. Handles can be made or use ribbon or pre-made straps.
How to Make a Pillowcase Using the Burrito Method from the Seasoned Homemaker
I love this method for making pillowcases. It's so slick for making a pillowcase with a nice finished cuff and this tutorial demonstrates the process really well.
Fat Quarter Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Another fun and fast bag tutorial made from Fat Quarter but this one has a drawstring top.
Easy DIY Dish Towel Aprons for Kids from Live Free Creative
Take a bunch of the tedious hemming steps out of making a simple apron by using pre-made dish towels.
Beginner Sewing Simple Skirt Tutorial - from Rae Gun Ramblings
Super simple summer skirt technique - with measurements to make one in any size.
VIDEO: How to make a SCRUNCHIE with Dana Made It
Scruchies are another simple, versatile sewing project for beginners and perfect for personalizing for their own fashion statement.
EASY Reading Pillow Pattern from the Polkadot Chair
Another step up for a simple pillow project with a pocket for a favorite book or stuffed friend.
How to Make a Beginner Patchwork Baby Quilt
This tutorial is perfect for making a first quilt. Using 5" precuts (Charm Packs) saves time choosing, coordinating, and cutting patchwork squares.
Easy Mod Messenger Bag Tutorial
This cross body messenger back tutorial has two options - open or with a cover flap.
Roll up Pencil Pouch from Alex Sorenson
This project is another step up when in comes to details, but good for practicing straight seams
How to Make a Chapstick Holder + Keychain by Ameroonie Designs
These little chapstick holders are quick and simple. Great for making extras as gifts.
Quick and Easy Fat Quarter Skirt Tutorial
Another variation on a skirt tutorial - this one has a few more seams, but also gives the option of adding more fabrics. An elastic waistband and simple hem technique make it quick and easy.
Hopefully that gives you a simple variety of ideas with out being too overwhelming. If you are planning to teach one of these projects, I would recommend making at least one prototype yourself just so that you have experience and confidence. Last thing we want is for new recruits (aka budding, beginning sewists) to feel frustrated.
You can find more inspiration for sewing with kids this summer from Baby Lock’s Summer School projects.
Another great resource is Nancy Zieman’s book I Sew For Fun projects, supplies, and TV Series. I really love Nancy’s approach to making sewing positive and fun for new beginners.
If you’re also looking to buy a sewing machine, I have a post here with tips to help you find just the right machine for your budget and skill level. Baby Lock has a fantastic collection of Beginner Level machines called the Genuine Collection.
You can read more about the Genuine Collection in my post about choosing a sewing machine or at any local Baby Lock retailer.
These are awesome projects for my grandkids! Thank you so much!
Just wanted to say hi! No traveling in my future. Want to get back into making quilts!
Love your blog! Awesome! Happy sewing 🪡
Thank you. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂