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Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

This is part of a series in Teaching Children to Sew.

This is a way to teach your child to sew (even if you don’t know how.)

There are instructions for the adult and for the child.  The adult will be making a Pre-Cut Sew Kit and the child will be sewing.  Read about this method at Learn to Sew with Pre-Cut Kits.

It is perfect for a first project after Sewing My First Stitch.

This project is sewn with only two straight seams.

This is a Mini Friendly Pattern and can be made on a mini sewing machine.

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

 Materials Needed 

  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Thread
  • 12" X 12" pillow form

Supplies Needed 

  • Sewing machine  (Janome Mini works great for this project)
  • Iron
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Wonder Clips (optional)
  • Point turner (optional)
  • Spray starch (optional)

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Adult:  Make a Pre-Cut Sew Kit. (Learn more about Pre-Cut Sew Kits)

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

1. Iron fabric. Iron out any folds. Optional: Use spray starch for a crisp, smooth

finish on the fabric. This makes it easier for little hands to handle. Use

manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Fold fabric in half so that selvages are together. (Cut edges may not be even.)

3. Lay fabric on the rotary mat so that the fold is near you. Align the fold along

the bottom line of the board. (Picture top left)

4. Align the left edge so that both layers of fabric are within the zero line. You

may have to move fabric to the left to achieve this. (Picture top right)

5. Cut fabric using the rotary cutter and ruler along the zero line. You may need

to do this from the other side of the table. (Picture bottom left)

6. Leave fabric in place and make a cut along the 13” line. (Picture bottom right)

Warning: Do not let children use a rotary cutter.

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

7. Continue to leave fabric in place. Bring rotary ruler crosswise on fabric to the

18” line that is on the side of the rotary mat. Cut across the fabric at the 18”

line.

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

8. Rotate cut fabric 1/4 turn so that the fold is now on your right at the 18” mark

on the bottom line of the rotary mat. (Picture top left)

9. Fold fabric once toward you so that there are now 4 layers of fabric along the

bottom line of the rotary mat and 2 folds on the 18” mark. (Picture top right)

10. Cut a small snip with your scissors through all 4 layers at the 4” mark and the

12” mark. (Pictures bottom left and right)

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

11. On ironing board, place fabric right side down. Iron out the center fold. On

both side edges fold 4” inward using snips as a guide. Iron in place. (Picture

left and upper right)

12. Turn fabric over on ironing board. Fold over left side using the next set of

snips. Iron in place. (Picture right center)

13. Fold over right side using the last set of snips. This fold will overlap the last

fold. Iron in place. (Picture right bottom) The measurement of this folded

piece should be 13” from cut edge to cut edge and 12” from fold to fold.

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

14. Pin along both cut edges through all layers. You may use pins as shown or use

Wonder Clips.

This completes the Pre-Cut Sew Kit.

Child: Sew Seams and Turn Right Side Out

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

1. Take a Pre-Cut Sew Kit, sew 2 seams at 4/8” as shown using a sewing

machine. Be careful to keep folds flat in the center as you sew over them.

(Review How to Sew a Seam: Sewing My First Stitch.)

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

2. Reach hand into center of pillow and turn pillow right side out.

3. Try to poke out the corners. If using a point turner, at each corner, take your

tool and first have it hit the inside below the seam. Then run it up the fold

until you reach the seam. This will pull the fabric that is still tucked in, out

into a point.

Adult: Iron and press flat.

Teach kids to sew with the Learn to Sew Pillow - The Lost Apron

Child: Insert pillow form.

1. Insert the pillow form into the first half of the sewn pillow easily, aligning the

points.

2. Scrunch the pillow form to insert into second half of the sewn pillow.

3. Smooth out any fullness and folds.

Download a free PDF of this pattern at my Craftsy Pattern Store HERE.  

After you have made this project, please come back to my Craftsy Pattern Store and upload a photo of your project.

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