Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 25 of 25

Thread: child projects

  1. #1
    RMM
    RMM is offline
    Member RMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    45

    Lightbulb child projects

    Does anyone have any ideas for quick, easy sewing projects for 6 and 8 yr olds? We've made the pillowcases and small quilt blankets. For each visit, I am trying to do dif projects w/them....they both have fun sewing. Want something that will be quick and easy.
    RMM

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Posts
    861
    Blog Entries
    1
    make potholders with cotton batting interiors, fun fabrics on both sides, sew a big square round the outside and then an 'X' in the center...ribbon hanger on one of the corners as you go by ...and done... i do not have the kids turn these...they are done with raw edges out... and can even manage them on the treadle...

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    Posts
    1,326
    They could make their own placemats with their names on them.

    Christmas ornaments made from 2 layers of felt sewn together with batting in the middle would be good. Use cookie cutters for patterns, and embellish with buttons, etc.
    Shirley in Arizona

  4. #4
    Super Member Nanaquilts44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    1,993
    Get some red felt or red furry fabric. For each one cut out 2 Christmas stocking shape. They can sew around the edges and leave raw edges out. They can glue on a a piece for the top and embellish.

  5. #5
    Super Member Murphy1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Folsom, CA
    Posts
    1,545
    Blog Entries
    2
    How about mug rugs. For little ones I refer to them as snack mats. They could have fun designing their own. I made Santa a snack mat using the log cabin with Santa in the middle. It is a great way to use up some of the holiday stash too.
    Murphy1
    For our wonderful Golden Retriever adopted in March of 2010.

  6. #6
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    12,547
    Bean bags are fast and easy, and give them something to play with afterwards. Line up some buckets or bowls across the floor at different distances and let them stand in one spot and throw their beanbags in.

    You can put actual dried beans in the beanbags if you have nothing else, but if they get anywhere near moisture they will swell and rot. Those beanbags won't last very long. There are plastic granules you can buy in craft stores for making beanbags and weighted bottoms to toys. Those would be better and safer.

    Another idea to sew would be aprons. They can give those as gifts for Christmas.
    http://www.craftsy.com/user/333534/pattern-store?
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewbizgirl
    Boom 17 Album of Blocks I Made for Others http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums19654.html
    "The reward of a thing well done is having done it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. #7
    DJ
    DJ is offline
    Super Member DJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    2,422
    There are some wonderful ideas here. I first thought to make small throw-pillows.

    Little doll clothes?

  8. #8
    Super Member thimblebug6000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    6,079
    I did placemats with my gr. niece & nephew and we traced their hand & foot prints & I fused & stitched the shapes for them to fabrics they had chosen, here's a picture (hopefully) might give you an idea.
    Attached Images Attached Images


  9. #9
    Super Member luvstoquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Yorkville, IL
    Posts
    4,585
    Blog Entries
    3
    We made little pillows..Gabi made one with a heart on it and Zach made one with a star. It was so much fun and they were so proud of their work! We will do another very soon.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

    Sharon
    Yorkville, IL

  10. #10
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,423
    All great ideas.


    Another one - stuffed toys - with just fronts and backs (two pieces)

    Toy bags or pajama bags - just a "specialized tote bag" - they could learn how to do handles if they have already made pillow cases.

    Pajama bottoms

  11. #11
    Super Member Bonbonary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,312
    Blog Entries
    3
    My DGD (8 yrs old) and I have made small tote bags. They were very easy for her & are really just a square with handles added. They can be made in any size. She made several small ones out of Halloween material for her classmates and a large beach tote for a teacher who was leaving. I'll try to find the pattern & post it for you.

    Here's one of our pics & the link with instructions from All People Quilt's website:

    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projec...at-tote_1.html
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by Bonbonary; 11-19-2011 at 11:23 AM. Reason: added link & pic

  12. #12
    RMM
    RMM is offline
    Member RMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    45
    Thank you ladies for all the good ideas!!
    RMM

  13. #13
    Member Quilting_inthe_Rain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    10
    This might be a bit messy, but it's fun! And perfect for the holidays. A great scrap buster too:

    Fabric ornaments:
    http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.co...ornaments.html
    ~Jera~
    Check out www.quiltingintherain.blogspot.com for free tutorials, tips and ideas
    Or www.quiltingintherain.com - your pre-cut friendly shop!

  14. #14
    Junior Member Mrs Shak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    172
    A very quick project is a t-shirt bag. Have them bring a favorite t-shirt that no longer fits.
    cut the sleeves off (keeping the arm seam attached to the "bag")
    use a small plate on the head opening and cut it out to make the handles and bag opening
    sew the bottom closed (reinforce it by sewing a couple of times)

    These are great for keeping in your purse for shopping.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Posts
    861
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Bean bags are fast and easy, and give them something to play with afterwards. Line up some buckets or bowls across the floor at different distances and let them stand in one spot and throw their beanbags in.

    You can put actual dried beans in the beanbags if you have nothing else, but if they get anywhere near moisture they will swell and rot. Those beanbags won't last very long. There are plastic granules you can buy in craft stores for making beanbags and weighted bottoms to toys. Those would be better and safer.

    Another idea to sew would be aprons. They can give those as gifts for Christmas.
    i did have to chuckle at this bit of 'advertised obsolescence'...i'm sure someone sold you this bill of goods, but the beanbags in my grandmother's play toy box were at least 60 yrs old the last i knew and they are still in the box and still being played with by my grandchildren's generation...and that's 4 generations that i KNOW of... and as for humidity...Kansas in the summer? trust me, the beans/peas/popcorn will all work fine!

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Posts
    6,105
    How about place mats? They can be as quick and easy as you want. Also bags to carry stuff. Doesn't have to be quilted.

  17. #17
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    theres a really neat small Christmas quilt by Eleanor Burns. She even has the video with a child making the quilt.
    Its a tube quilt using 12 Christmas fabrics sewn into 4 in strips then tubed and cut into 2 1/2 in strips.
    By cutting one of the fabics in half before sewing to another strip you get a zig zag effect.
    Its in the book Christmas at Bears Paw Ranch. It has lots of patterns that kids can make in it.
    Im trying to add a picture in the editing mode but it will not give me that option.
    Last edited by Rose Marie; 11-20-2011 at 07:19 AM.

  18. #18
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    Im beginning to dislike the new computer geek expertese required to post with the new format. How can you post a picture in the edit mode?

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    howell, Mi
    Posts
    2,321
    My 3 granddaughters wanted to learn to sew. We have made pillowcases, and then I bought a book "One-Yard Wonders" by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. There are 101 projects in the book and require all skill levels. Each girl looked through the book and picked projects that they wanted to make. My youngest DGD who is 10 years old picked 80 projects to make both for herself and for gifts. The other 2 DGD picked a lot of projects but not 80. I think we will be busy for a long long time. They shop in my stash and if we can't find the "perfect" fabric we go to the store.
    Sue

  20. #20
    Super Member Joan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Pine Grove, California
    Posts
    2,846
    Make some baked potato bags for cooking in the microwave. They would be easy and make great little gifts.
    Join me in fighting Alzheimer's Disease-http://www.alzquilts.org/. Make 9" x 12" mini quilts that are sold. These are sold on-line and at the Houston Quilt Show. One hundred percent of the proceeds go for research to fight this dread disease. I lost my Dad to it and my mother-in-law has it as well. Something has to be done--we can sew for a cure!

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    2,726
    Mug Rugs
    Doll quilts
    bags
    Church bag - big enough for a coloring book with slots for crayons on the outside.
    Doll clothes

  22. #22
    Senior Member sarahrachel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Posts
    671
    you could also make lap quilts using just one block. just resize the pieces and make sure they aren't too many pieces. You could always help them SID. Here's one I made and I added a border to the top and bottom to make it a little bigger.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    It's not a mistake, it's an unconscious decision to change the pattern.

  23. #23
    Senior Member SUZAG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fowlerville, MI
    Posts
    686
    Sock Monkeys? Aprons? Fleece scarfs, blankets, etc.

  24. #24
    Senior Member ksdot417's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    845
    What about a simple apron with ribbon ties or a small pincushion.

  25. #25
    dd
    dd is offline
    Super Member dd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    1,817
    I think the doll clothes are difficult, trying to get in the small spaces can be a challenge. With 4H we made chef's hats (found that on the web but I know there is a pattern now), aprons of their choice, a group quilt (they each made a square), heart shaped bags (inserting a zipper), this year they made a book cover (very easy, http://sewing.about.com/library/sewn...abookcover.htm ) They have enjoyed all the projects and most of them I found on the web. Google for free patterns.
    Blessed are the quilters, for they are the piecemakers.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.