How to teach your kids to sew

Can your kids sew?
My kids have shown an interest on and off for years and I've helped them make things here and there.
But finally I decided it was time to add a bit of structure to their sewing learning - while still trying to keep it fun.

So I created a series of tutorials to help kids learn to sew using a pair of jeans.  
My girls used a pair each of coloured jeans they'd grown out of.

By sewing with an old pair of jeans, the kids also learn about upcycling and making use of materials you have, as well as learning a series of sewing techniques that are gradually built upon so that by the end of the course they should have enough knowledge and competency to tackle most free sewing tutorials you find online!

One of my daughters' friends has also been testing out the tutorials in my book. Here are some of the first things she made.

A fabric basket and tissue pocket.

And a cute pencil case!

Apparently, she enjoyed the sewing so much that her mum had to take her to the charity shop a few weeks later to buy her another pair of jeans to sew with! 

So if you'd like to get your kids sewing, in a fun (and cheap) way - just using materials and fabrics you have on hand. Then do take a look at my e-book - there are more details here.

The book is available as a FREE PDF download.

Simply click here to get your copy!

It would make a great gift for someone - perhaps packaged up with an old pair of jeans to get them started!

Happy Sewing!

10 Unique Pencil Case Tutorials

Over the years I've made so many pencil cases for my girls and their friends. I thought I'd collect all the tutorials together in one place! There is so much fun you can have making pencil cases - personalised to the interests and likes of kids!  Here's one's I have made with the links to the tutorials!

Roll Up Pencil Case

I've also made lots of personalised Pencil cases with kids names appliqued on the front. These have proved very popular and can be seen in lots of classrooms at my daughters' school!!

I do hope this has given you some inspiration for making pencil cases!  
All the tutorials are avaliable in posts or as free downloadable PDFs.
Happy sewing!

And please do check out my other sewing tutorials - there are over 150 for making all kinds of things and all different levels of sewing ability.

My Free Sewing Tutorials