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KEEP THE KIDS BUSY THIS SUMMER

We know how hard it can be keeping the kids entertained over the summer holidays and we want to help all the mums and dads by providing some guidance for kid-friendly sewing projects that are easy on the price tag! Some of these projects can be done using scrap fabrics from around the house and some even require no sewing at all! Remember to check each projects requirements before getting started!

To help keep the cost low, we will also be doing a 10% discount on all of our 'beginners pick' products from the 29th July 2021 until the 15th August 2021! Just use the code: LETSGETSTARTED10

SCRUNCHIE:

This is a great project that uses minimal material and can be used straight away. These scrunchies can be made by both machine and hand sewing. We have attached  tutorials for a normal scrunchie and a bow scrunchie! Once you have made one, you will want to make more!

DIY Bow Scrunchie sewing pattern by The Hemming

How to Make Hair Scrunchies video tutorial by SewVeryEasy

PIPPA POUCH (MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BAG) SEWING PATTERNS BY MASIN:

Pippa Pouch sewing pattern

This bag is suitable for a variety of purposes as it comes in two sizes, we think it could be used as a makeup bag, coin purse, or pencil case. To gain access to this pattern, you need to subscribe to the Patterns By Masin newsletter (provided in the link) and print the pattern off at home using A4 paper (7 pages). It is great for using a small amount of fabric and will be good for developing your child's sewing skills.

ICE DYING:

Fancy a no-sew project? Ice dying might be the one for you! This one could be a little messier than the above projects but will be oh- so fun! You can either whip up a quick garment to ice dye or use a white, ready made garment. We have had the pleasure of working with the lovely Laura at The Specky Seamstress on a blog when she embarked upon making an ice dyed dress but we have also included some other lovely resources to help you on your way! Similar to tie- dye, ice dye gives a little bit more of a marbled look! 

How to Dye Fabric: Ice Dying video tutorial by OnlineFabricStore

Want a little more info before you get started? Take a look at Laura's look back on her experiments with ice dye below. 

My First Experiments with Ice Dying video blog by TheSpeckySeamstress

PIN CUSHION:

Every sewer needs their very own pin cushion! These tutorials use minimal materials and can be carried with your child throughout their life. We have suggested two variations of pin cushion: a round pin cushion and a square pin cushion. The square pin cushion tutorial shows a quilted method however, this could also be done with no quilting technique by using just one square piece of fabric to make it easier.

How to Make a Pin cushion video tutorial by Treasurie

Easy Pincushion Video Tutorial by Melanie Ham

POM POM GARLAND:

We love a good pom pom! These easy tutorials are suitable for younger children and only require yarn and card! We have given two suggestions for how to make your pom poms which can then be made into a lovely pom pom garland for your living room or child's bedroom. Why not get creative and try rafia or thin strips of fabric instead of yarn!

How to Make a Pom Pom Maker video tutorial by Red Ted Art

How to Make a Pom Pom Garland video tutorial by She Saved

SKIRT:

This easy skirt tutorial is done using a few rectangles of fabric and some elastic. The length of the skirt can be customised to your preference and can also be done using machine or hand sewing. This is a great introduction to garments sewing and can be used by beginner sewers of all ages above approximately 8 years old. Mum can make a matching skirt by just increasing the waistband measurements and length of the skirt.

Easy Girl Skirt Tutorial by Eat Craft Clean

 

TAKE IT BACK TO THE BASICS:

These useful stitch techniques can be used for a variety of crafts. Running stitch is a multi-purpose stitch and super easy to teach children. Blanket stitch is a slightly more challenging stitch and can be used for finishing edges of blankets and felt crafts. Back stitch is a secure stitch that appears as a continuous line of stitch, similar to a sewing machine stitch.

Running Stitch video tutorial by Red Ted Art

Blanket Stitch video tutorial by Red Ted Art

Back Stitch video tutorial by Red Ted Art

USEFUL LINKS:

DIY Daisy tutorials 

So, You've Just Started Sewing? blog by The Rag Shop.

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