Learning how to sew is a valuable skill for girls and boys, and it’s one that many children today don’t know how to do. If you’re teaching your kids to sew by hand or with a sewing machine, here are some great beginner sewing projects that they’ll love.
These easy sewing projects for tweens ages 8-12 years old include a wide variety of fun ideas. For example, you’ll find things like cute face masks, felt foods, hair ties, stuffed dog bones for your pet, and fabric bookmarks to keep your place in your favorite books. You’ll find loads more ideas, too. Many of them make great gifts, and tweens could even sell some of their creations to make a little money on the side.
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Easy Sewing Projects for Tweens
We used a craft kit to sew these Mini Felt Foods, and it was a huge hit. It’s the perfect introduction to sewing, no matter the age. Both my son and daughter enjoyed the kit, so sewing together was a terrific family bonding activity. The kit contains everything you need to make 18 mini foods.
While gift cards are handy for gift-giving, they’re sometimes thought to be a little impersonal. Now you can make them a little more special by making DIY gift card pouches. This tutorial for Felt Gift Card Pouches by Moms and Crafters is super easy to follow. Whip up a bunch in no time to give to friends or teachers for Christmas, birthdays, and other special occasions.
These Lovebirds Felt Softies by Rhythms of Play are a cute idea! Sew lovebirds in coordinating colors and give one to someone special (or a friend) and keep the other.
Sew a simple Stuffed Dog Bone for your favorite pooch! This tutorial from Sew What Alicia uses a sewing machine, but it’s small enough that you could easily sew it by hand. Your pup will love chewing on his new stuffed bone, made extra special because it’s handmade from the heart.
Narwhals are the unicorns of the sea! It’s hard to believe these creatures are real, but if you’re a fan, you’ll love this Narwhal Softie by Rhythms of Play. Make some extras to give to friends or to younger siblings to play with. They’d also make great cat toys!
Simple Wearable Sewing Craft Ideas
Since we’re all rocking face masks right now, make use of this Face Mask Sewing Tutorial from Positively Splendid to make some super cute masks to go with every outfit.
This easy Drawstring Fabric Backpack by Hello, Wonderful can be made in 30 minutes or less, so it’s a great project if you’re only able to focus on a given project for a short amount of time. Since they’re so simple, you can make several to go with all your outfits or make a few for friends. The cactus patterned fabric is super cute, too!
Make your own adorable hair accessories. These Knotted Hair Ties from Polka Dot Chair are super cute and super simple to make. It’s a great way to use up pieces of scrap fabric or even repurpose old t-shirts, skirts, etc.
If your tween likes statement necklaces, try this gorgeous Hand-Stitched Felt Necklace by Moms and Crafters. The bold colors of the felt and the chunky beads come together to make a striking fashion piece. You could also try it in neutral colors like beige, cream, and brown if that’s more your style.
Get two looks in one with this Reversible Headband tutorial from Alice and Lois. It’s a terrific project for beginners and is great as a scrap buster as well. You can whip up several in no time to go with all your outfits!
Scrunchies are back in style, so obviously, you’ll want to make some of your own in fabric patterns that you love. This DIY Scrunchie tutorial from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood includes a pattern, step-by-step instructions, and even a no-sew option if you’d like to try that.
This Easy Key Fob from Life Sew Savory is a genius idea for keeping track of keys, especially if you don’t carry a purse. You can just slip it on your wrist as you go about your day. Or clip it to your backpack while you’re at school.
Beginner Sewing Projects for Kids
These Homemade Hand Warmers from Repeat Crafter Me make such wonderful gifts for the holidays. Make his and her versions or coordinating versions to give to a friend. They’re much cuter than those packaged hand warmers you find in stores, and these are totally reusable!
Bookworms will love these tutorials for Sewing Bookmarks from Sew What Alicia. With three different versions and a video tutorial, you can’t get it wrong! You’ll want to make several to give out as gifts as well as several for yourself to save your place in your favorite books.
Speaking of bookworms, you’ll also want to make an Easy Reading Pillow to take with you on the go. This pillow by Polka Dot Chair has a pocket for your favorite books, a handle on top for carrying, and of course, the soft, fluffy pillow to rest on while you read your favorite stories.
Keep your shades or eyeglasses protected with a Simple Glasses Case from Sew Simple Home. You only need to know how to sew straight lines and turn corners to master this easy project.
This Felt Tablet Cover from Dukes and Duchesses is incredibly easy to make and size according to your own tablet. It has a simple button closure with an elastic to wrap around it, so you don’t have to fuss with a zipper at all.
With summer coming, you need this DIY Popsicle Holder by See Lindsay in your life. It’ll keep your hands protected from the icy cold, but you’ll still be able to cool down on a hot day. These are perfect for kids of all ages!
Pin this list of easy sewing projects for tweens to serve as inspiration anytime you want to grab your fabric stash to make something crafty.