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.
- 1/2 yard of fabric
- 12″ X 12″ pillow form
- Sewing machine (Janome Mini works great for this project)
- 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)
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
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.
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”
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)
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.
14. Pin along both cut edges through all layers. You may use pins as shown or use
This completes the Pre-Cut Sew Kit.
Child: Sew Seams and Turn Right Side Out
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.)
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.
Child: Insert pillow form.
1. Insert the pillow form into the first half of the sewn pillow easily, aligning the
2. Scrunch the pillow form to insert into second half of the sewn pillow.
3. Smooth out any fullness and folds.
After you have made this project, please come back to my Craftsy Pattern Store and upload a photo of your project.
See Pillows, Pouches, & Bows Oh My!!! for the entire series.
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