I grew up wearing only homemade Halloween costumes made by my mom. My grandmother knitted afghans and sewed my Easter dresses. And my campfire club regularly included sewing in its after school events. I didn’t need to request a sewing kit for my birthday because the materials were all around me. That’s not always the case though for kids interested in stitching. Fortunately, there are loads of kid-friendly sewing kits online. Here, based on my lapsed sewing skill judgement, are a few of my favorites.
The key with introducing a child to sewing is tailoring the project to their age and ability. Some kids develop fine motor skills early on and can easily manipulate a needle and thread. For others, it’s a practice makes perfect situation and, as with all thing parenting-related, you’re going to need to approach this activity with a whole lot of patience.
In my experience, big embroidery needles work best for younger kids. They’re larger so children can easily grip them and they don’t have a sharp point — no one wants their craft to end in a trip to the ER, amirite?
Needlework can be such a great creative outlet for children, but you want to ensure it’s a positive experience. So start small and build up to more ambitious pieces. And who knows, maybe you’ll have a budding fashion major on your hands one day.
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