I took a major risk today. In fact as I was in the process of getting this project ready, I said aloud (to myself), “I’m probably going to regret this.” I attempted our first sewing lesson…with a sewing machine…with all three children in the same room. But guess what? It was AWESOME. Sewing with kids can be DAUNTING. Sharp needles…scissors…electrical cords…pins…the possibilities for disaster are kind of endless. But this was the perfect project for sewing with kids – make a fall felt garland.

Garland 1

Keep in mind, this was not a planed activity. In fact, I’m beginning to realize that some of our most fun projects are spontaneous. While browsing Pinterest this morning, I ran across this post and I got inspired. Her garland was beautiful! And as I read through the tutorial, it dawned on me that this could be the perfect project for a beginning sewer. There are no seam allowances, there is no pressing, there are no “fussy” steps. And best of all, you can see your progress immediately. And sewing on felt is a breeze. It is just one layer. There is no slipping, no pins…you see my point. EASY. So here’s what we did.

First I cut out a bunch of “leaf shapes” from my scraps of felt. I did not use any sort of a template. I just layered the scraps and began hacking away at it. Once I got the shapes cut, the kids sorted them into piles of like colors (Doc’s “school” for the day: CHECK!).

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Then I set up the machine. I showed them all the basic functions such as how to raise the presser foot, how to turn it on and off, and where the needle goes up and down (so they would be careful of fingers). I sewed the first couple leaves together myself so they could watch how it all worked. Then I put Doc on my lap and let him guide the leaves through.

Doc Sewing

He did GREAT. He was very careful to keep his fingers out of the way, and he was able to lift the presser foot, slide another leaf in, and keep sewing. And he LOVED it. I was actually shocked at how well the Bubba did.

Then it was Addison’s turn. At first, I ran the pedal so she could get used to guiding the leaves through the machine on her own. But after one or two, she said she was ready to try it all by herself.

Addison Sewing

I put the pedal on the footrest that goes with my rocking chair to raise the height. It was perfect.

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She kept at it for a good 30 minutes all on her own. I think we may be on to something here. In case you are stumbling upon this site for the first time, Addison is five. She has only done a little bit of sewing before (with her grandma…I’ve been too afraid to attempt this with my other kids around). If you have been thinking about teaching your children to sew, I think this is the perfect age and the perfect project. I’m thinking we could cut and sew other shapes to decorate the kids’ rooms too. The wheels are turning!

garland 2

The kids are so proud of their pretty decoration. Doc is already asking what we can make next. I’m gonna count this one as a win!

Do you have any great projects for sewing with kids? Think you’ll make this fall felt garland? I’d love to see pictures of how it turns out if you do! Feel free to share them on our Facebook Page!

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20 Responses to Sewing With Kids – Make a Fall Felt Garland

  1. WendysHat says:

    So happy to see this. I started sewing at that young age too and have been loving it ever since. Tell her I think she’s AWESOME and she’ll never be sorry that she knows how to create things that make her happy on the sewing machine.

    • homespunsprout@gmail.com says:

      Aw thanks Wendy! I will tell her! I learned to sew when I was about her age too. My mom used to prop up the pedal for me also. I’m thrilled that she had such a good time today (usually she only wants to sew with her Mimi – my mom :) I hope this is the start of a new creative outlet for her. Thanks for reading!

  2. (((thank you!!!))) I love this and we are for sure making this. I especially love that I can have my girls at the sewing machine with me. I’ll be posting about it, too!

  3. Denise says:

    Thanks for the sharing a fun sewing activity–it’s perfect for fall! And thanks for sharing this with the Mommy Needs a Timeout linky party! We’re pinning it now. Maybe we’ll see you again this Thursday!

    • homespunsprout@gmail.com says:

      Oh I’m so glad you like the sewing activity! And thanks so much for the pin. I’ll be back for sure :)

  4. Oh my gosh! So adorable those little hands using the sewing machine. What a great idea!

    • homespunsprout@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Tammy! It went so well I’m thinking I’d better come up with another project! They’ve been asking every day if they can sew again. Makes my heart happy :) Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I really love this – such an essential skill and I think teaching it to them when they are young actually is safer! Much less silliness and more respect for the ‘danger’ element – plus they listen to you more rather than thinking that they ‘know it already!’ Thank you so much for linking up with #frugalfamily linky this week!

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  7. I love this!! I too am very wary of letting my kids near my sewing machine, but after seeing your 2 little ones, I just might have to try! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Alisha S. says:

    This is amazing!! Your kids did great!! When I was going for my Seamstress Certification back in 2009, my sewing instructor asked me to assist her with teaching children to sew at the camp she was teaching at. Children do amazing when you teach them new things and its great for their little creative minds. Great job!!

    Stopping by from Sew Crafty Angel’s Wake Up Wednesday’s Linky party and a co-host. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2014/10/i-won-world-market-mason-jar-kitchen.html

    • homespunsprout@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Alisha! I agree…kids can do so much more than I initially think they can! I appreciate you visiting my blog :) Off to check off your link!

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  10. I LOVE this! What a simple, yet rewarding activity for your kids! I think I love that you ran with the spontaneous idea most of all. We can completely structure our days and never have time for spontaneity. Your kids look so proud!

    On a side note, I love that your little man was Spider-Man. I have 5 boys myself and I never know “who” will show up on any given day:).

    • homespunsprout@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Bekki! I love that your boys go through their days in character too…sure keeps things entertaining (especially while running errands!) Thanks for stopping by :)

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