This project is so fun and a great way to let kiddos try an easy bit of sewing. My son wanted to make a pirate sewing kit so that’s what we did and it turned out super cute!
He learned some very handy things by making this sewing kit: how to thread a needle, how to stop and start his stitching, running stitch, and how to sew on buttons.
Here is the inside. It has a pocket for his scissors, a pocket with a button closure to hold extra thread, and a small piece of felt to hold pins and needles.
- felt – 4-5 colors
- 2 buttons
1. Cut your felt. I will put the colors we used next to the sizes in inches.
Black – 6 x 8
Green – 3.5 x 3.5
Red – 3 x 2
Blue (pocket)- 3.5 x 7.5
Blue – 5 x 7
Black (button tab) – 1.5 x 4
2. Sew your pocket together. To make a pocket out of your long rectangle, fold the bottom up 2.5 inches. You can pin it to hold it and then sew a running stitch from the top of the fold on one side, down around the bottom, and back up the other side. We made our flap look like a triangle by cutting the corners off, but you can make it rounded too if you prefer. Sew your button on by making an X with your thread, we did it three times. Once the button is on, fold your flap over and pinch where the button lays so you can snip a hole with your scissors.
3. Attach pockets and needle holder. We pinned our pieces in place and then stitched them onto the blue background piece with running stitch. Make sure you only stitch around three sides for your scissor pocket!
4. Attach your design. This is when you can design the front of your kit. My guy wanted a skull and crossbones so I just freehanded with a marker onto a piece of white felt and we cut it out. I cut out circles for the eyes and he added details for the nose and mouth with stitches after all the pieces were attached.
5. Put it all together. Now you get to sew on the blue piece with all of the pockets to the cover (the black piece for us). Pin it together and then sew a running stitch all the way around the edges. It’s ok if you have to stitch along a pocket again, our green pocket has extra stitches over it.
6. Sew your button tab and attach your button. Sew about 1/2 of your tab to the back of your cover first. Close your kit and see where the tab lines up. This is where you want to sew your button on. Once your button is on, fold your tab over and pinch so you can snip a hole.
He did such a fantastic job for his first try, I’m so proud of him! He’s thinking about making a bag or pillow next.
Now I need to go make one for myself because I’m constantly using my couch as a pincushion!
Would you try this with your kids? What design would you put on the front of yours?
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