Do you have a little sewer in your house? Children of all ages who have a natural desire to create with their hands will love these gifts for beginning sewers.
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When I was little, my aunt gave me a dress that my mother had sewn for her. It was 3 sizes too big for me, but that didn’t stop me from wearing it every time I played dress up. I was amazed that my mom could sew so well. That’s what got me interested in sewing.
My mother taught me a few things, but she mostly gave me the materials and let me experiment on my own. While I’m not the best at it, I have basic skills that give me the confidence I need to create whatever I want with a little help from patterns and a sewing machine.
My daughter started getting interested when her aunt gave her a beautiful sewing basket stocked full of supplies. Now she is excited about everything to do with a needle and thread.
Gifts for Beginning Sewers
In addition to sewing, weaving, crocheting, and knitting all help develop fine motor skills and can be taught at a very young age. I’ve seen children as young as 4 years old knit better than I can and many girls can crochet even earlier. Here are some of my favorite products and resources for beginning sewers!
Sewing Baskets and Bags
1. Simple Sewing Basket – Beginning sewers do a lot of hand sewing projects, so having a sewing basket helps keep all of them organized. All the needles, thread and current projects can be kept in the basket so your little sewer always know where everything is and goes. The one my daughter has was her great grandmothers! So this is a great gift because it will last a long time.
2. Fold Up Yarn Caddy – These are great for all those yarn projects, crocheting or knitting. We have one just like this, but got it from great grandma too. It has definitely gotten a lot of use out of it.
3. Pouch Pattern – Children can make their own bag to carry their knitting and sewing supplies. Bags are very simple to make, although you might have to help with the handles on this bag. 4. Travel Sewing Kit – This little home sewing kit is perfect for all hand sewing projects. It even comes with a free eBook. Perfect for keeping everything together so your children don’t loose needles and get string tangled up.
5. My Sewing Kit – For a younger child, this set has lots of bright colored thread, buttons, and embellishments. It includes 4 projects to sew and all the basic sewing essentials. I especially like the pin holder and needle threader.
6. Singer Beginners Sewing Kit – If you notice, the scissors in this kit are pretty large for a young child, but they cut very well. The kit includes a tomato pin cushion, tape measure, needle threader, marking pencils, sewing gauge, seam ripper, thimble, 8-inch bent trimmer scissors, polyester thread, hand needles and straight pins. 7. Quick Knit Loom – My daughter just got this for her 7th birthday and we love it. If your child has been frustrated by crocheting before, you could try this. It is much easier for young children to maneuver the yarn on a loom like this. Plus, the hats you can make are really fun!
8. Pegloom – I love this brand of looms because of the quality. This loom is a natural wood for making intricate tapestry designs. Definitely for an older child that is really into weaving as it takes a while to finish one project.
9. Potholder Loom – This is my favorite potholder loom because it is sturdier than most and I like the colors of the loops it comes with. This was the first loom that I got for my daughter and is a great tool to teach the concept of weaving. The potholders that it makes are amazing for scrubbing dishes without scratching and last a long time.
10. Multi Craft Weaving Loom – A large loom is great for all ages. I love the fact that you can use all sorts of materials to weave in this larger loom. For toddlers you can set up the vertical strings and allow them to put large ribbon and pieces of fabric through it. 11. Knitting Doll – This cute little vintage knitting doll is perfect for little hands. If you want to teach your child how to knit, I would start with something like this and then progress to regular knitting.
12. Finger Crochet Kit – I’ve always wanted to learn how to do this and be able to make something with just string. Sometimes children don’t have the fine motor skills to use a tool like needles or hooks, but they might be able to crochet with their fingers.
13. Bamboo Crochet Hooks – These hooks feel really good in your hands and are very light so your children won’t get tired as quickly. 14. Home and Heart Cross Stitch – When I was young, this was one of the first big projects I did. There is a one simple stitch and pattern to follow, but the designs can be really intricate so the finished product is very rewarding.
15. 3-Pack Embroidery Sampler – Teach your little sewers that they can make pictures with their thread. Embroidering these simple stamped projects make great gifts for the grandparents.
16. Needlepoint Beginner Project – This technique is similar to embroidery and cross stitching, but it is usually done on mesh canvas or plastic. The image is clearly printed and you just follow the guided colors. 17. Plastic Knitting Needles – Needles are a little scary when you first teach your children how to sew. I like to use these plastic ones with embroidery thread and burlap, felt, old screens, or plastic mesh.
18. Sew Cool Threadless Sewing Studio – How does a threadless sewing machine work? If you are worried about your children stabbing their fingers with a real sewing machine, they can get some practice on this little studio first. It has a protective guard so your children can’t be poked. It works by weaving the thread of felt fabric together.
19. Felt Scraps – I always have felt around for my kids to explore with the plastic needles and thread. When they get a little older, then I move to the regular needle. Plus, you can use this in the Sew Cool machine instead of buying the refill packs. It is much cheaper. 20. How to Crochet – A free eBook packed with tons of crochet patterns from easy to more difficult. Love this!
21. Sewing School – 21 projects that will help children master the basics of sewing. Such cute things to make in this book.
22. Kids Knit – More easy projects and a guide to help you teach your children to knit. What are your favorite things to buy for little sewers? Please let a comment and then visit these other fabulous gift guides!