Teaching Kids to Use a Sewing Machine

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Teaching Kids To Use A Sewing Machine

A few weeks ago we purchased the Hobbycraft Mint Midi Sewing Machine along with some basic sewing supplies so I could teach my daughter some sewing basics. My child has been asking me to teach her to sew and I was able to help both Sylvia and her friend learn some basic sewing machine skill using free embroidery designs and also sew their very first plush soft toy.

I allowed my daughter and her friend to choose the project they wanted to sew. Sylvia decided to create a plush dog. She is a huge dog lover and I think the girls did amazing for their very first sewing machine project.

Supplies Needed for This Sewing Project

To make this project we required a

Sewing Machine




Hobby craft buttons

Marker pen

Teaching Kids to Sew

We began by creating a template. It’s always good to plan your sewing project and either draw it out or create a template before starting. We drew our own template and this really helped us prepare the materials we needed.

My daughter cut out the template and drew around this on pieces of felt.

Sylvia then cut out her pieces ready to sew together with our new Hobbycraft sewing machine.

After setting out the felt pieces my daughter was ready to use the sewing machine for the first time.

I began by teaching my daughter and her friend how to thread the machine. They then did a practice stitching line on a piece of scrap felt.

Once Sylvia and her friend were confident enough they began to sew the face of their plush dogs. As this was their first project the sticthing was not perfectly aligned so I reassured the girls it was okay for the project to be imperfect as it was a learning process.

Once the dogs were almost sewn, we added scraps of felt to the insides of the dog and the girls then sewed up the final holes. They were both really pleased with their dogs. The plush dogs were super cute and a great project. I think for a first attempt of using a sewing machine as 9 years old, the girls did a fantastic job.

My Top Tips for Teaching Children to Use a Sewing Machine Are:

  • Teach the children how to thread the cotton and prepare the needle.
  • Do a practice run of stitching on scrap material.
  • Reassure the kids that this is a learning process and it’s okay for the project to not be perfect.
  • Teach the importance of making a template, following a pattern and taking time to plan the sewing project before using the machine.
  • Make it fun. Try not to constantly tell the kids off, correct them or make them feel like they are sewing wrong. Teaching sewing should be a fun process not a chore.

Have fun!

About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!

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  1. My daughter has started using my sewing machine for basic projects. She made a lot of balsam sachets around the holidays and we have done a few sewing kits as well. It’s great to start them early!

  2. Aww this is such a sweet idea! What a lovely skill to be able to teach our children! I absolutely love it!

    1. I think some items we get can be like that. I am planning to do at least one project per month and my hubby is learning too! He wants to make a star wars cloak.

  3. I absolutely love the idea of teaching sewing to the kids, I should rather take this project up this summer vacations and learn myself and then work up with my niece.

  4. This is a basic skill that kids need to learn. I was taught at a young age and I’m thankful because I wouldn’t need to go to an alteration store for every sewing need. Good job on teaching your kids how to sew.

  5. I remember fondly my junior high days in Home Ec behind a sewing machine. My sister was an in elementary school sewing club and learned all different kinds of sewing/crocheting/etc.

  6. This looks like such a great activity and it encourages kids to develop a hobby outside of technology! I love what you are doing!

  7. I used to beg my mom to let me use her sewing machine. She finally gave it to me when I was 30 lol! This is an excellent post about spending quality time with your kids!

  8. It’s so nice of you to teach your daughter and her friend this old and nice skill. I must admit that threading the machine can be one of the biggest problems I encountered while I was starting out with a sewing machine and it’s nice that they are getting more practice on that. Anyway, their crafts are too cute…I wish I saw the finished version of it.

  9. Such a nice idea to teach our kids on how to use sewing machine and have the ability of skills that can definitely use in the future.

  10. What a fun project! Was there anything about this sewing machine that made operation easier on the kids (ie did it not have a foot pedal)? I remember my son loved making the little plush creations too. The idea that he could create whatever he imagined far outweighed any hang ups he might have had with crooked stitching.

  11. You must be a mind reader, as this is exactly what I have been thinking to buy. Well not for my toddler but myself, but I am pleased to know they have smaller versions for kids.

  12. That is so cute! It is a great way to teach them young and I wish my parents taught me when I was youbger, so I don’t have to spend money for classes.

  13. Since I always resort to repairing my clothes with needle and thread by hand, I still haven’t had experience with a sewing machine yet! Maybe one day…

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