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Old 01-27-2010, 01:51 PM
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I have started to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and my little sis saw my quilting room and said "i want to learn how to sew" So I took her to the quilt shop yesterday and she picked out one yard of fabric to make a pillow case. Pink flannel teddy bears, she couldn't get over how soft the flannel was.

So my question - what are some other kid friendly projects? She has a cat so I thought we could make some cat toys - little pillows with cat nip and a bell. I can't remember what I did in 4-H at that age. I know lots of you sew with granddaughters. Please let me know your great ideas!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:56 PM
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This is a good question. My grandkids are showing interest in my quilting but I don't know of anything for little hands to do. It needs to be simple and can be done with very big stitches! :)
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:46 PM
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Have her make a small quilt for her doll. She can do it all by hand or use big pieces on the machine. Yoyo's are another good one. She can make a bunch out of scraps the sew them together for a bag, or an old fashioned yoyo doll.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:49 PM
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I was trying to remember what 4-H and/or home-ec projects we did while in elementary school. I remember making a toss pillow, very simple circle, and I seems to me that we did a basic applique application on one side, I think mine was a smiley face, I also remember my daughters doing pencil cases, but I don't remember whether they did zippers or some other method of closing it. I am sure that there are web sites with plenty of ideas too
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:30 PM
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small simple purses might be good. I know my 10yr old DD loves the thought of picking out her own fabric to make her own addition to an outfit.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:53 PM
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Drawstring pajama bottoms, easy to sew and she will love them in flannel!!! Even an easy pullover top. Look for patterns like medical outfits, they are usually loose and easy to sew.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:14 PM
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My grand daughter (11 yr.) really enjoyed the pillowcase and an apron--simple pattern that I made using an old apron. Next we are going to do a binder cover for one of her notebooks. I think it is wonderful when the young ones want to learn to sew. Good luck!
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:17 PM
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How old is she? Depending on age and personality, other good projects could be dress up clothes (most little children love superhero capes, and it is an easy project), or a simple japanese knot bag or lunch bag to carry.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:25 PM
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Can cusies are fun to make. So are pot holders and hair scrunchies. I googled sewing patterns for kids and got bunches of ideas. I, too, have granddaughters who want to learn to sew. MaryB119
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My daughter made a zillion flannel pants and matching hair scrunchies the year she was in 5th grade. She also did a few elastic waist skirts.

My Girl Scout troops made pillows using iron on crayons to decorated, sit upons for day camp, tote bags and pot holders.
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