Giving a child a fun sew kit is one of the best things you can do to introduce them to the world of sewing. This may be the first step in teaching a child to sew. Pick some essential sewing tools and put them in a fun case to begin a life-long journey of sewing.
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Child Sewing Supplies
- Dritz Start-To-Sew Kit is the best collection of beginner supplies that I have found. The kit includes a pin cushion, tape measure, needle threader, marking pencil, seam gauge, hand needles, scissors, seam ripper, pins, thimble, tracing paper and a tracing wheel. The scissors in this kit are also perfect for the beginner because they are not too sharp but can cut through what they need to. The pins in this kit are not very good and I recommend other pins below. I have used several other sewing kits, including ones sold on Amazon for less, but I have been disappointed. I have also bought kits from Michaels and JoAnns and none measure up to this one. Do NOT buy the sewing kits made by Simplicity, Singer or Sewing Basket.
- Point Turner & Seam Creaser is very useful for turning out corners and "pressing" seams before you iron.
- A Good Spool of Thread is essential to sewing. Tiny spools that come with sew kits or old cotton spools will only break or knot up when sewing. Use a good thread in threading a machine.
- FriXion Pens are the perfect erasable pens for children to use. Markings can be easily erased or ironed away.
- Multi Color Pins are perfect for tiny fingers. I like to use Pearl Heads in Colorful Rounds to add to my Pre-Cut Sew Kits. My favorite pins to use are the Dritz Multi Color Ball Point Pins.
- Wonder Clips are perfect to use instead of pins when holding fabrics together for sewing a seam. No more poked fingers. Read Wonder Clips vs Craft Clips for more clip options.
- Kate Spade Pencils add to the fun.
- Fat Quarter Fabric in fun prints is a great way to get children excited to create.
- Masking Sticker Set. I found this fun sticker set. It is washi tape on sheets. One or two sheets is great to add to the Child Sew Kit for marking the seam allowance on the machine. Or marking openings so you don't sew them shut.
- Seam Gauge & Pivot Card. I make up a 4/8" Seam Gauge & Pivot Card in pretty pink card stock. I use a C-thru ruler to mark a card on 2 edges with a 4/8" line. I then punch the intersecting corner with a 1/16" hole punch. This card is used to set up the sewing machine seam gauge and to mark pivots with a dot for easy corners.
Next comes the case or basket. I like using a mini suitcase. Several sewing baskets found in the sewing shops can be expensive. I found that children love mini suitcases. Here are several options:
- Pink Gingham Mini Suitcases
- Blue Gingham Mini Suitcases
- Mini Stockholm Suitcase
- Moda Fabrics Suitcase Set. Although these are very cute, the top tears off easily because it is only attached with one strip of paper adhesive.
Hand Sewing Supplies
When a very young child is ready for learning some sewing skills, I recommend learning with hand sewing. It is great for them to have their own kit. I like filling it with the same supplies as above but adding a few extras:
- Embroidery Floss in a variety of colors is very versatile in hand stitching. I have always used DMC brand but there are a lot of other brands out there.
- 5 Inch Embroidery Hoop fits perfectly in a small kit and is great to hold fabric while learning stitches.
- Muslin is a fabric that I always have on hand but any solid light-colored fabric will work in the embroidery hoop. I like to cut it in a circle using Pinking Shears. This keeps the fabric from fraying.
- Chenille Hand Sewing Needles are great for sewing with an entire strand of embroidery floss.
- Large Eye Needle Threader is necessary to thread 6 strands into the eye of the needle. The needle threader that comes with the kit above will break if you try to use it for multiple strands of thread.
- Buttons are one of the easiest things to learn to sew. A variety makes it fun.
Do you have a favorite child sewing tool or box? Let me know.