Sewing With Toddlers Made Easy
This is a great sewing project for beginners! (not just toddlers)
Sewing with a toddler doesn’t have to be complicated. Today I’m going to share a simple way to sew with a toddler that you can try with materials that you may already have around the house.
There are two things about this project that make it an excellent place to start with a beginner:
- The needle is large and easy for small hands to hold
- The weave of the mesh has large holes that make it simple sewing in and out of.
- I know, I said two things. This is a bonus: It teaches resourcefulness by recycling used materials and it’s also low-cost!
Like most parents, I’m keenly aware of my child’s strengths (and weaknesses, but we’re not going there today!), and my little one happens to be one of those people who is comfortable with fine motor activities. If you’re looking for activities that help with fine motor skills, try glue dots and buttons or make a colander sculpture.
I thought it was high time to give her a little sewing project since she seems ready for it.
This easy sewing activity came together quickly using materials that we found around the house. I’m not sure where I first got this idea from, so I’ve gathered a bunch of good resources for you and added them at the end of this post. It’s very likely that each of these fine blogs has played a role in this project, and I humbly add my version to the mix.
Here’s what we used to make it happen…
Sewing with a Mesh Bag and Cardboard
This list contains affiliate links.
- Large Eye Plastic or Embroidery Needle. This needle with a blunt tip is amazing for beginner sewers.
- Embroidery Thread (Floss). This gigantic set of 100 colors of thread is an awesome deal at $11.00.
- Cardboard Box (recycled from a package)
- Mesh from a bag of sweet potatoes
- Exacto knife. If you don’t already have one, this tool comes in handy for all sorts of craft projects.
I cut the cardboard box using scissors and an Exacto knife.
If you don’t have an Exacto, you could use sturdy scissors.
The piece of mesh is about 1.5 inches larger in width and length than the piece of cardboard, and we pulled it taught and stapled it down.
We had lots of colors to choose from.
I gave a brief demonstration on how to pull stitches through the fabric and then held the frame while my daughter practiced her first stitches. The mesh was super for this on multiple levels: it’s strong and could withstand a lot of tugging, and it’s “transparent” which allowed N to really see what she was doing.
Sewing Project for Beginners
A little practice and then she was on her own. She picked up on it pretty quickly, although she wasn’t the least bit interested in following any dusty old sewing rules, and happily wrapped her stitches around the frame.
Join TinkerLog, our free Newsletter
Join the Tinkerlab network and be the first to know about simple art + science projects for kids, creativity tips, and simple ideas that will make your life more creative. Sign up for our newsletter.
In case you blinked and missed it, TinkerLab rounds up all the great stuff on the internets on keeping you and your critters creative and wraps it up for you in a tidy newsletter! (And throws in some secret giveaways for good measure!) – Yuliya P., San Francisco, CA
Join our community and you’ll learn:
- How to simplify your life and make more room for creativity
- How to make hands-on making a part of your everyday life
- Easy, actionable ways to raise creative kids
If you enjoy projects like this, join me at Club TinkerLab, a closed Facebook group for parents and educators who care about raising creative and curious children through hands-on making.
More Art Projects for Toddlers
For more toddler art projects, you may enjoy the easy-to-set-up activities that use mainly everyday materials in 12 Simple Art Projects for Toddlers.
30 Days of Sketchbook Prompts
Get the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge - it's free!