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We Love to Sew-Gifts: Fun Stuff for Kids to Stitch and Share

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Give your budding crafter the definitive guide to whipping up handmade gifts. Best-selling author Annabel Wrigley has created 23 hip, whimsical projects that tweens will really want to make, with easy-to-follow instructions that inspire confidence and spark imagination. Projects range in difficulty from “easy peasy” to “more challenging,” and many require only a needle and thread. Kids will improve their sewing skills, learn to use basic supplies, and choose fabric. From creating belts and scarves to pet toys and pencil cups, your little sewist will learn everything she needs to shower her nearest and dearest with presents all year long.

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Beautiful Bow-Tie Belt

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easy peasy

Beautiful Bow-Tie Belt

What Do I Need?

⅜ yard of fun fabric

½ yard of featherweight fusible interfacing

2 D-rings (1˝)

Fun-colored sewing thread to coordinate with the fabric

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

Refer to The Rules of Sewing

Using an iron

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 1 piece of fabric and 1 piece of interfacing to measure 6˝ × 10˝ for the bow tie.

2.Cut 1 piece of fabric and 1 piece of interfacing to measure 3˝ × 3½˝ for the center piece of the bow tie.

3.Cut 1 piece of fabric and 1 piece of interfacing to measure 5˝ wide and your waist measurement plus 8˝ in length for the belt.

TIP

 

Neat Men’s Necktie

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a teeny bit more challenging

Neat Men’s Necktie

What Do I Need?

Old necktie (Thrift shops usually have a huge supply for a dollar or so.)

1¼ yards of fabric OR a piece of fabric measuring 20˝ × 39˝; you should cut your fabric so that the tie pattern is running parallel to the selvage (Since you can make 2 ties from the 1¼ yards, you could share the fabric with a friend.)

10˝ × 10˝ piece of a contrasting fabric

Coordinating sewing thread

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

Refer to The Rules of Sewing

Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Using your seam ripper, carefully unpick the entire tie, starting at the back seam.

Thinking of a neat gift for Dad? I don’t think you can beat a super-smart-looking necktie made by you! Pick a cute yet manly fabric and craft the perfect gift for your pop.

 

Pom-Pom Scarf

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Pom-Pom Scarf

Finished Size: Approximately 7¼˝ × 49¼˝

What Do I Need?

•½ yard of lovely fleece or wool fabric (at least 50˝ wide)

•3 balls of yarn in fun colors

•Coordinating sewing thread

•4 pieces of cardboard 5˝ × 5˝ (You can cut up a cardboard box.)

• Basic sewing supplies

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

special skills

Refer to The Rules of Sewing

Sewing a whipstitch

Sewing around a corner

Prepare the Pieces

Cut 2 pieces of scarf fabric to measure 8˝ × 50˝.

Let’s Make It

THE SCARF

Place the 2 scarf pieces right sides together and pin all the way around.

Mark a 5˝-long no-sew zone near the center of a long edge of the scarf. This is the area that we do not want to sew.

 

Stitchy Stripy Watchband

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easy peasy

Stitchy Stripy Watchband

What Do I Need?

An old watch face with a watchband bar or a watch face from a craft store (I used a watch face with a 1˝ bar. The watch bar is the little bar on each side of the watch face where a strap is normally attached. Use a tape measure or ruler to measure the length of the bar; that will help you decide how wide your fabric should be.)

4˝ × 22˝ strip of fun fabric

4˝ × 22˝ strip of featherweight fusible interfacing

Fun-colored thread to coordinate with the fabric

Snap kit (which includes a snap tool and size 15 or 16 snaps)

Hammer (to use with the snap tool)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Measure your wrist by wrapping the measuring tape around your wrist twice. The watchband will be super long, so you can wrap it around your wrist twice! Decide on a length that is not too tight and will allow the 2 ends to overlap at least 1˝ and still feel comfortable. Write down that measurement.

 

Patchy Sewn Mirror

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take your time and ask for help

Patchy Sewn Mirror

Finished Size: 9˝ × 10˝

What Do I Need?

Various sizes of fabric scraps

⅓ yard of Peltex One-sided Fusible 71F interfacing (very stiff)

5˝ × 5˝ mirror plate or thrifted small mirror (You can find mirror plates in the candle section of arts and crafts stores.)

9˝ × 10˝ piece of felt

Approximately 15˝ of thick twine for hanging

Bright fun-colored thread

Hot glue gun

Cardstock or cardboard

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using a hot glue gun

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the pieces

1.Cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing each to measure 9˝ × 10˝.

2.Cut a few strips of fabric in different widths between 1˝ and 2½˝ and several inches long. You won’t need to worry about exact widths or lengths at this point. We will be following the idea of a Log Cabin quilting block for this. We will be working from a central piece and then adding strips to build outward.

 

Yo-Yo Garland

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easy peasy

Yo-Yo Garland

What Do I Need?

Fabric scraps slightly larger than the pattern pieces (approximately 8˝ × 8˝ for the large yo-yo and 6˝ × 6˝ for the small yo-yo)

Basic sewing supplies

TIP

I have included patterns for 2 different sizes of yo-yo circles just in case you want to vary the design of the garland a little. The large finished yo-yo is approximately 3¼˝ in diameter, and the small finished yo-yo is approximately 2¼˝ in diameter.

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a running stitch

• Sewing a whipstitch

Prepare the Pieces

Trace the large and small yo-yo template patterns on paper and cut out. Use the patterns to cut a few circles out of fabric in varying sizes.

Let’s Make It

1.Thread an arm’s length of button thread into the needle and knot the end about 2˝ from the end.

 

I Heart You Pillow

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take your time and ask for help

I Heart You Pillow

Finished Size: Approximately 12˝ high

What Do I Need?

½ yard of fun decorator- weight fabric

Fat quarter of fun fabric for the pocket (see Fat Quarter)

Red perle cotton, size 8 (optional)

Polyfill stuffing

Basic sewing supplies

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Making and using templates

• Sewing around a corner

• Clipping curves

• Sewing a backstitch

• Sewing a whipstitch

• Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Trace the template patterns for the heart pillow and pillow pocket. Use the template

2.to cut 2 heart pieces from the decorator-weight fabric.

 

Family Tree Wallhanging

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a teeny bit more challenging

Family Tree Wallhanging

Finished Size: Approximately 24½˝ × 28˝

What Do I Need?

¾ yard of 45˝-wide cotton canvas fabric for the background

½ yard of quilt fabric for the tree foliage

¼ yard of quilt fabric for the tree trunk

A scrap of bright-colored fabric for the bird’s body

Scraps of felt for the bird’s eye and beak

Felt to back the photos

1½ yards of paper-backed fusible web

Fabric glue

Home inkjet printer

Inkjet printer fabric sheets (These can be found in packages online or at craft stores.)

Wooden dowel for hanging

Approximately 45˝ of colored twine for hanging

Sewing thread

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Hand sewing

 

Oilcloth Tote with Fabric Handles

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a teeny bit more challenging

Oilcloth Tote with Fabric Handles

Finished Size: 7˝ × 11˝ × 4˝

What Do I Need?

½ yard of oilcloth

½ yard of fabric for the lining

¼ yard of fabric for the handles

⅓ yard of interfacing

2½˝ × 2½˝ square of paper

Large paper clips

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 2 pieces of oilcloth to measure 12½˝ × 15˝ each for the outside.

2.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 12½˝ × 15˝ each for the lining.

3.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 4˝ × 15˝ each for the handles.

4.Cut 2 pieces of interfacing to measure 4˝ × 15˝ each for the handles.

TIP

If your oilcloth fabric is a little wrinkly and crinkly, resist the urge to use an iron! Irons and oilcloth sure don’t mix very well. Not only will your oilcloth be a melted mess, but your iron will be a mess too! Use a warm hairdryer held a few inches away to gently release the wrinkles. Be careful not to put it so close that the cloth starts to melt! After warming the oilcloth, I usually stack magazines on top until it has cooled.

 

Super-Sweet-Smelling Lavender Sachets

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a teeny bit more challenging

Super-Sweet-Smelling Lavender Sachets

Finished Size: Approximately 4¾˝ × 6½˝

What Do I Need?

Large scrap at least 6˝ × 15˝ or ¼ yard of cotton fabric for the outer bag (You can make 3 bags with ¼ yard.)

Large scrap at least 5˝ × 14˝ of muslin for the inner bag

⅛ yard of fun-colored cotton for the ties

Dried lavender (about 1 cup)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 1 piece of cotton fabric to measure 5½˝ × 14˝ for the outer bag.

2.Cut 1 piece of muslin to measure 4½˝ × 13˝ for the inner bag.

3.Cut 2 pieces of cotton to measure 2˝ × 22½˝ for the ties.

 

Super-Cute Gadget Case

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take your time and ask for help

Super-Cute Gadget Case

Finished Size: Approximately 9¼˝ × 12¼˝

What Do I Need?

Fat quarter of quilting fabric for the outer case (see Fat Quarter)

Fat quarter of cotton fabric for the lining

⅛ yard of fabric for the handle

15˝ × 24˝ of cotton quilt batting

10˝ of colored ribbon or elastic (½˝–1˝ wide)

2 metal clasps called trigger snap hooks (These can be found in a hardware store.)

Button, ⅝˝–¾˝ size (You may want to wait to choose the button until after sewing the bag to be sure you have a button that will fit in the loop.)

Basic sewing supplies

TIP

Look for a quilting fabric with a geometric design or even a fun plaid or check. You will be stitching on the fabric, and it looks super cute if you have a bold pattern to follow.

special skills

 

Cozy Pet Bed

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easy peasy

Cozy Pet Bed

Finished Size: approximately 26˝ × 26˝

What Do I Need?

1⅝ yards of heavy decorator-weight fabric

26˝ × 26˝ pillow form

1 ball of yarn for pom-poms

Pinking shears (optional—refer to the tip)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making pom-poms

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 1 piece of fabric to measure 26¾˝ × 26¾˝ for the front.

2.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 19˝ × 26¾˝ for the back.

TIP

Cut the pieces as shown. This is especially important if your fabric is narrower than 54˝.

Let’s Make It

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

 

Squeaky Dog Bone

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easy peasy

Squeaky Dog Bone

What Do I Need?

¼ yard of canvas-type fabric

Dog toy squeaker (available at pet stores and online)

Polyester stuffing

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a whipstitch

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the Pieces

1.Use the Dog Bone pattern to cut 1 complete bone piece from the canvas fabric. The pattern shows only half a bone. To make a full bone template, fold a large piece of paper in half, place the fold on the dotted center line of the pattern, and trace. Cut out the template and open it up.

2.Cut another piece of canvas to measure 8˝ × 15˝ for the backing.

Let’s Make It

Lay the fabric bone on top of the backing fabric with right sides together and pin in place.

Mark a 3˝ no-sew zone along a straight edge of the bone (refer to the pattern piece for the markings).

 

Embroidered Pet Portraits

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a teeny bit more challenging

Embroidered Pet Portraits

•What Do I Need?

Inkjet printer fabric sheets (most measure 8½˝ × 11˝ and can be found in packages online or at a fabric store)

Inkjet printer

8˝ wood embroidery hoop

Embroidery floss or perle cotton (size 8)

Small beads (optional) (Make sure your needle can pass through the hole in the beads. If it is too tight, you may need a larger bead!)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Hand sewing

Let’s Make It

 

THE IMAGE

1.Choose a digital photo of your favorite pet. You will be printing the image onto fabric, so it is important to make sure that everything is prepared correctly before you start the printing. Ask an adult if you need help.

2.Pull up the photo on the computer. Change the photo to black and white using the editing feature. It prints really well this way. Resize the photo so that the image of your pet will fit into an 8˝ embroidery hoop.

 

Super Dog Collar

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a teeny bit more challenging

Super Dog Collar

What Do I Need?

¾ yard of nylon webbing (1˝ wide)

⅛ yard of fabric

Fun-colored sewing thread

Adjustable plastic side-release or parachute buckle (1˝) (You can buy these at a craft store, or you can reuse these parts from an old collar!)

Plastic slider buckle (1˝)

2 metal D-rings (1˝)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut the fabric to measure 3½˝ × 28½˝.

2.Ask an adult to gently burn both ends of the webbing using a butane lighter. This will prevent fraying.

Let’s Make It

Fold in each end of the fabric strip ½˝ and press with an iron.

No shopping at the pet store for you. You are going to learn to make your very own, totally custom pet collar!

Fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press with an iron.

 

Kitty Catnip Toy

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a teeny bit more challenging

Kitty Catnip Toy

What Do I Need?

6˝ × 8˝ piece of felt for each fish body

5˝ × 5˝ piece of felt for the scales of 1 fish

Colored embroidery floss for the eyes

¼˝ or ½˝ dowel (can be purchased at a craft or hardware store)

Dried catnip (can be purchased at a pet supply store)

Polyester stuffing

Approximately 24˝ of twine

Fun-colored sewing machine thread

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a Vicki knot

Prepare the Pieces

1.Use the patterns to make templates (Kitty Toy patterns).

2.Cut 2 fish bodies for each fish.

3.Cut 8 sets of scales for each fish.

Let’s Make It

Measure 2˝ from the top point of the fish body and draw a line.

 

Felt Heart Paper-Clip Set

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easy peasy

Felt Heart Paper-Clip Set

What Do I Need?

Scraps of felt

Fun-colored perle cotton #8 or embroidery floss separated into 3 strands

Paper clip

Polyester stuffing

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a running stitch

Prepare the Pieces

1.Make templates using the patterns (Felt Paper Clip patterns).

2.Trace the template pieces onto the felt with an erasable pen. You will need 2 of each shape.

Let’s Make It

1.Mark dots with an erasable pen every ¼˝ around 1 piece of each shape. This will help your running stitch stay even.

2.Pin the pairs of pieces together.

These heart paper clips show the love and are practical too! Use them to control your clutter or mark your spot in your favorite book. In fact, why not make a few for your favorite teacher?

 

Covered-Button Pushpins

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easy peasy

Covered-Button Pushpins

What Do I Need?

Small fabric scraps

Flat-back pushpins (thumbtacks)

Hot glue gun (low temperature)

Covered-button set (½˝)

Pliers

special skills

• Using a hot glue gun

Let’s Make It

Most covered-button sets come with instructions and the tools to make a covered button. Read the instructions on the package before starting.

1.Ask for help from an adult to remove the wire loop found on the bottom of the covered button pieces. Pliers should do the job pretty quickly.

2.Cut a piece of fabric that is bigger than the button you want to cover.

Gather all your inspiration on one board with these adorable pushpins. Make them to perfectly match your or your bestie’s personal space. Pinning has never been so fun!

Lay the fabric with the print side down on top of the rubber button-making base.

 

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