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Gifts for Kids Who Love to (or Want to Learn to) Sew

Tools and Supplies for Kids Who Want to SewIs your child interested in learning to sew? Or can they already sew and they want to do more?

Here are some great gift ideas for them. . .

A sewing machine! Here are some tips on choosing one for a beginner.

Seam Ripper Every sewist needs at least one.

Needles and thread When I sew with kids I use Size 5 embroidery needles for just about everything. They have a bigger eye, which makes them easier to thread.

Fabric Get a couple of fat quarters of fun prints – and maybe some of this fabulously soft cuddle fleece. Or get them a gift certificate to your local independent fabric store so they can choose their own!

Thread Get a spool each of black and white, plus another fun color or two. Don’t worry about getting thread to match a particular fabric. In my experience kids ALWAYS want to use contrasting thread in a favorite color. Get a skein of black embroidery thread too, for stitching on faces.

Stuffing This is my favorite brand.

Turn-It-All Tubes These are so much fun to use – and they make turning skinny parts right side out super easy. Watch them in action in this video. Get Turn-it-All Tubes here.

Patterns! I have lots of free patterns here. Print a couple out and include them with some supplies. I especially recommend this one. πŸ™‚ It’s perfect for beginners. And, of course, my book Creature Camp is packed with kid-tested softie patterns. Read some reviews of it hereΒ andΒ here. And get a signed copy here. I’ll draw a picture in it for you! πŸ™‚

Extra Doodads Fill up some ziplock baggies with assorted buttons, rick rack, ribbon, beads, safety eyes, feather boas, yarn and other fun stuff for hair, eyes, scales and other add-ons.

See all my posts about sewing with kids here. It’s so much fun!




  1. Bunny SAYS...

    Wendi, a bit off topic, but what kind of machine do you personally use? I’ve recently begun quilting and am finding that working with anything larger than a crib quilt is challenging. Does your machine have a large throat/workspace?

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I use a Pfaff Lifestyle machine that has since been discontinued. It feels like a pretty standard workspace to me – though I’ve seen some of the new machines that seem a bit smaller to me.

      I’m working on a series of posts and videos teaching a technique called Quilt As You Go. A few sharp-eyed readers have noticed that I’m using it on all the kitty quilt blocks I’ve shared so far. πŸ™‚ It’s one of the first things I’ll be teaching in January and it may be just the ting to help you quilt larger projects.