If you love sewing and have little ones in your life, you might enjoy making some sewing projects for babies and young children. There are many reasons to sew for the youngest members of your family or friends. Here are some of them:
- You can create unique and personalized gifts that they will treasure for years to come.
- You can save money by using up your fabric scraps or repurposing old clothes.
- You can express your creativity and style by choosing fabrics and patterns that suit your taste and theirs.
- You can make practical and useful items that they will use every day, such as bibs, blankets, hats, etc.
- You can have fun and bond with them by involving them in the sewing process.
There are so many things you can sew for babies and young children, depending on their age, interests and needs. Here are some examples:
- For newborns and infants, you can sew soft toys, rattles, burp cloths, pacifier clips, etc.
- For toddlers and preschoolers, you can sew stuffed animals, dolls, finger puppets, aprons, quilts, etc.
- For school-age children, you can sew backpacks, pencil cases, lunch bags, bookmarks, etc.
One of the best ways to make your sewing projects more meaningful and enjoyable is to get the input of the children you are sewing for. They will love to have a say in what you make for them and feel more connected to the final product. Here are some ways to get their input:
- Ask them to choose the fabric or color they like from your stash or from the store.
- Show them some patterns or pictures of similar items and ask them which one they prefer.
- Let them help you with some simple tasks, such as cutting out shapes, pinning pieces together, or pressing seams.
- Encourage them to decorate or personalize their items with buttons, ribbons, appliques, etc.
If you are looking for some inspiration and ideas for sewing projects for babies and young children, here is a roundup of projects that are easy to make and adorable to look at. They are available in our Pattern Store and Etsy Shop. Click on the images to read more details about each project.
Kitty Carryall is perfect for carrying your essentials or for giving as a present to a fellow cat lover.
Circus Bag is ideal for imaginative play. This fun and functional drawstring circus bag is easy to sew in an afternoon and perfect for storing so many items.
Mushroom House Pouch is a sweet and whimsical mushroom house pouch is easy to sew in an afternoon and perfect for storing and organising so many items.
Puppy Pouch – This adorable pouch has a drawstring closure and a dog face applique on the front. You can make it in a snap with some fabric scraps and basic sewing skills. It’s ideal for storing your essentials or for gifting to a friend who loves dogs.
Adventure Awaits Drawstring Bag – Children will delight in storing their treasures in this adventure inspired drawstring bag.
Spooky Shack Sack is a fun and easy sewing project that will add Halloween charm to your home.
Elastic Pencil Case You will always have your writing tools and stationery supplies close at hand with the Elastic Pencil Case.
Zippered House Pouch features a pretty lace zipper and appliqued details, and is perfectly sized to use as a pencil case, cosmetic pouch, or to hold a few treasures.
Popsicle Parade Coaster Mug Rug Make snack time fun with this cute popsicle parade coaster – perfect for summer, BBQ’s e or any time of year!
Chick Coaster Make snack time fun, with this cute Chick Coaster – perfect for Easter, spring time, or any time of year!
Bunny Coaster – Featuring a monochromatic patchwork bunny, complete with floppy ears and a pompom tail. Bunny Coaster can be easily made in an afternoon and is a fun way to use your favourite “scraps”.
Cosy Cat Coaster Featuring a monochromatic scrappy strip patchwork cat, they are purrfectly sized to hold a glass or coffee cup.
Bunny Placemats The Bunny Placemat is a sweet addition to your Easter table. Featuring a gingham bunny complete with fluffy ears and tail, and an English Paper Pieced hexagon flower motif. This adorable Bunny Placemat is perfect for Easter, spring time, or any time of year! This project can be easily made in an afternoon.
Cosy Cat Placemat Make meal time fun with this cute, patchwork cat placemat – perfect for cat lovers everywhere! Featuring a monochromatic patchwork cat, they are purrfectly sized to hold a dinner plate or a pet bowl.
Sail Away Pillow s perfect for a nautical inspired baby’s nursery or child’s bedroom. It features a simple sailboat and is constructed using raw edge applique.
Ella the Elephant Pillow features a cute elephant holding a balloon, and is constructed using raw edge applique.
All Around the Town Baby Quilt is an easy quilt design, is a great way to showcase a multi coloured focus print and can be made up in a weekend .
Lucky Charm Quilt is an easy-to-piece quilt for yourself or someone special. This pretty quilt can be used as a bed topper, baby, or lap quilt, and is made from three charm packs and is suitable for a confident beginner quilter.
Crayon Box Quilt is a fun and easy quilt, that can be easily constructed in a weekend. It features bright pops of colour surrounded by crisp white borders to give a simple, modern appeal. It is a modern “eye spy” style quilt. Toddlers and young children will have fun spotting all the small details in the colourful squares.
Baby and Nursery Items
Bath Time Buddies These cute animal wash mitts will make bath time fun! They are easily constructed from super soft terry towelling and pretty cotton floral fabric.
Mini Fabric Basket: These sweet fabric gift baskets are quick to sew and perfect for storing and organising so many items.
Baby Bath Mitt; Make bath time fun with this cute aeroplane baby bath mitt. Easily constructed from a white face washer, it features an appliqued aeroplane in bright colours and has a striped hanging tag.
Easy Baby Blanket Make an easy baby blanket by binding the flannel with a coordinating quilting cotton. They are a great baby gift to have on hand.
Hope you found some inspiration for your next project for the babies and young children in your life.