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Crafting With Children

Crafting with kids

 The school holidays come around with alarming regularity so if you're needing ideas to keep the kids amused, we are here to help! We take a look at kits you can buy, projects to make and course providers who can teach children in your area.

 

Younger Children

Sewing kits for children

The Early Learning Centre still have an online presence despite their shops closing some years back and have some crafts and kits for younger kids.We like this Sew your own Teddy kit aimed at 3-6 year olds with pre-punched felt for easy stitching. Take a look at the other craft kits and supplies available too.

 Baker Ross also have a number of sewing kits that could be achieved by a 5 year old with some help - take a look at their range here.

 

Buttonbag sewing kits

Buttonbag First Sewing Kits are ideal for little fingers. With no cutting and big, pre-cut holes, these kits are designed to teach children, aged about 4 years and up, the basic principles of sewing.

A few other places you can get kids craft supplies and kits at a good price are Hobbycraft, The Works, Home Bargains and your local pound shop/discount store.


 Kits for Older Kids

There are some great sewing craft kits on the market (aimed at older children – normally 8 plus). 

Craft Yourself Silly have some great options for kids.

 

Buttoonies

Buttoonie kits

Buttoonies are a great craft for kids to do as there are no needles, glue or scissors required. Simply thread and tie the buttons together with the pre-cut foam pieces to create your Buttoonie. Take a look at the brilliant animals you can create here!


 Proggy

Proggy kits

Proggy kits from Craft Yourself Silly use techniques similar to rag-rugging but using hessian and fleece to create colourful animals and birds that are achievable by older kids. Take a look at the range here.

 

Felt Folk sewing kit

Felt Folk have some nice kits that an older child could sew.

 

Felt kits for kids

Abakhan Fabrics have several craft kits for kids as well as supplies including starter stitching kits for children over the age of 5.


Free Sewing/Craft Projects for Kids

Sid the Snake

We have a good selection of projects on our site that kids can have a go at:

Sid the Snake Glove Puppet

Upside Down Doll

Pencil Case

Fabric Story Book

Safari Silk Painting

Dream Catcher

Albert the Bird

Sock Monkey

Sew a Sock Animal


Useful blogs

Of course many of us like to use the supplies we already have to hand, toilet rolls, scrap paper, plastic pots etc and there are a multitude of free tutorials on the internet, Here are a few useful links:

http://www.redtedart.com/kids-crafts/

http://childhood101.com/playopedia/

http://www.makeandtakes.com/kids-crafts

http://totallytutorials.blogspot.com/search/label/children (some of the projects are to make with kids, others to make for kids)

http://www.dltk-kids.com/

 

 Classes for Kids

Many of the sewing teachers on our directory run classes for children over the summer, and some during term time too.  Some of them offer crafting parties too. Most require the children to be at least 7-8 years old.  Links to some of them are below and you can check for ones local to you by using our directory (choose your county and select sewing courses.)

East Anglia

Sew Much To Do

East Midlands

Leicestershire Craft Centre

The Craft Studio

Zukie Style

North East

Cheeky Sew & Sew

Sew in the City

Scotland

Red Thread Studio

South East & London

Beautiful Things

Bobbin Sewing School

Dot to Dot Studio

Fabrications

Made & Making

Sew Pretty

The Make It Room

The Seamstress Club

South West

Cafe Sewciety

Crafting with Blooms by Lyndsey

Make at 140

The Little Sewing Company

Wales

Busy Bees Patchwork

All Sewn Up

West Midlands

All About the Sew

Sew Me Something

Sewing with Kerrie

 

Online

Arkdefo - Sewing and fashion design for kids

 

Have great fun creating and crafting with your children, and do feel free to upload pics of what they've made into our Facebook page.

For all our free projects see here.

Free sewing projects