Reuben's First Sewing Lesson

My sewing machine has been stuck in our cold loft room for the whole of winter. Recently however my thoughts have been turning from crochet to sewing, maybe inspired by the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee, or maybe it's my new Mollie Makes Sewing magazine. Whatever the reason I've dusted off my machine and have (not so) secretely moved it downstairs to the kitchen table. I thought this half term would be great chance to get Reuben started on his sewing adventures. He's always showed an interest when I've been sewing and rather than sit and fiddle with my machine I thought it would be better to start teaching him how to use it.

For Reuben's first sewing project I decided on a simple felt garland. I love crafting with felt, check out my recent pocket money pigs! I cut out stars and circles in two contrasting colours and gave Reuben a quick tour of the sewing machine. I showed him where to turn it on, how to push down the pedal, and stressed more than once that he should NEVER put his fingers anywhere near the needle. He was really excited to get started. He was a bit hesitant to feed the felt through the machine so for now he was more than happy just putting his foot down on the pedal.

He was so proud of the finished result. I love that he enjoys doing crafty things and look forward to teaching him more. I think we'll make a tote bag for his next project. It's his best friend's birthday soon and he really enjoys giving presents to people that he has made himself (check out the necklace he made her for Christmas.)

Have you taught a child to sew? What sewing projects would you recommend for a 5 year old?


  1. I love this! What a fabulous idea, especially as it's something truly decorative. I also really think all kids should be taught to use a sewing machine if they feel like giving it a go. I remember being taught to sew, and making a little felt teddy bear (though I think I was 7 or 8 rather than 5). I'm looking forward to doing things like this with my little boy - at 2 he's absolutely fascinated by the idea of "making" but I think it's a bit early to get the sewing machine out...

    1. I saw some great mini sewing machines yesterday which would be great for Reuben if he really gets into it. It's such a great skill to have!

  2. This makes me want to be in France even more. Our crafting sessions have been few and far between since we started packing. The garland looks fab! I might steal this idea and help N make one for his bedroom


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