Sewing with Kids

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Today’s post from Jennifer is wonderful for those of us wondering how we can begin sewing with our children.
I used to sew before I got married and had a family. I find it strange
now because having a family, it’s really necessary to know
how to sew. Many years I’ve threw out my children’s clothing because
of these holes. Now, I’m not saying to sew everything with holes and
turn it into a glob of new thread. However, we can turn an old pair of
jeans into something useful and fun.
I often struggle finding good quality clothing for my daughter that’s
appropriate to wear. The main thing I struggle with is how short the
dresses or skirts are. I’m now able to make her dresses to the length
that I’m happy with and to her taste of style without the high price
Not only have I been sewing, but my children have been learning as
well. This is a great skill for them to take with them into their
adulthood. I’ve started them on making pillows because it’s the
easiest to make.
The above pillow was made by my daughter and I together. She enjoyed
sitting in front of me while the sewing machine did it’s job. She was
giggling the whole time.
Now, my ten year old was right there when I learned how to Crochet. So, I knew he would be right next to me
again. This time he’s coming up with his own patterns. He had an idea
for water bottles. So, I let him go to town and he really well. His
finished product is below.
Even my oldest son jumped in on learning to sew. He’s fourteen, and
thinks the pedal is a gas pedal. He made himself a pillow.
Last, but not least is the cute little apron that I made from the
scraps of the dress. I was really happy with the turn out of this
apron. This will come in handy for when children are helping in the

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Heather Bowen

Heather is the founder and owner of Upside Down Homeschooling. She is a homeschooling mom of two little girls. Heather and her husband, Andrew- author and founder of Project Conversion, have been married for nine years. They reside in southeastern NC and have recently joined the Catholic Church. Heather is a nurse by trade, but left her nursing scrubs behind in October 2012, to become a full-time work at home mom. She is a professional blogger and speaker. You can also find her blogging at She and her husband will also be launching later this year.


  1. says

    My 5 year old is wanting to sew, but I think she might be too young. Especially since I’m not too great at it! I do need to practice though, so we’ll see!

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