Edited and updated July 2015

A Safe Alternative to Straight Pins

Do you think your child is too small or lacks enough coordination to use straight pins? A few serious pokes from a pin could be enough to make you question safety. It may turn a child off of sewing, too.

How to Sew a Whip Stitch

Welcome to Sewing With Kids! Today I'm going to explain how to sew a whip stitch.

Understanding Your Child’s Sewing Personality

Is there a way to understand your child's sewing personality? Why would you want to? Here are a few questions that may expand your thinking:

How to Use Cookie Cutters for Templates

Are you looking for inspiration for shapes for your child to sew? How about making a pocket pal using cookie cutters? A pocket pal is a tiny stuffed softie that fits in a pocket.

Using extra large, I mean really big, simple cookie cutters as templates for tracing shapes onto felt, you and your child can make a pocket pal, or several! Visit the cookie cutter section at your favourite kitchen supply store and look for shapes that are not too complicated. 

3 Feet Tall in a 6 Foot World

Think for a moment how it would feel to learn a new skill that requires intense concentration while sitting at a table made high enough for someone twice your size, in a chair twice your size. That is something I think about a lot when I teach kids to sew. 

Kids need kid-sized furniture. Why is that?

Keep Scissors Sharp Without Frequent Trips to the Bladesmith!

There is something important for adults to know about felt. Felt dulls scissors, fastAs lovely as this fabric is for children beginning to sew by hand, it is very hard on blades.

Tutorial: How to Make a Felt Owl

Hand crafted owls are all the rage. With a little prep work on your part, this project can be simple enough for the youngest sewer. 

Creative Minds Need Tender Care

I think one of the worst things a grown-up can do is shame a child. 

I remember in grade 2 the class was asked by Teacher to colour a tree. It was autumn, and I had loads of fun choosing crayons with vibrant, joyful fall colours for my tree. I soon got into trouble for not following directions, though. I didn't hear, Teacher wanted the leaves green. I was so hurt that she didn't like my beautiful tree. Well, that's how my 7-year-old self saw it, anyway.

Remember, be positive!

We've all seen kids do exactly the opposite of what we think we are asking them to do.  Like when we say, “Don’t lean your chair back on two legs.”  The next thing you know, sure enough, there he is balancing the chair on two legs.

How to Put Stuffing in a Felt Toy

Hello!  It occurred to me the other day that we haven’t talked about using stuffing yet.  Let’s talk about that today! 
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