Sewing For Fun; Simple Sewing Projects for Kids


It can be challenging to find fun ways to build fine motor skills but most kids will enjoy sewing for fun. This activity can be made with recycled materials which always makes our hearts happy and provides another lesson in ecology for the kids. You can also recycle the project itself by pulling out the threads and reuse the burlap canvas.

Sewing For Fun; Simple Sewing Projects for Kids

Sewing For Fun; Simple Sewing Projects for Kids

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One summer day when we had lots of time, I found a nice piece of burlap in my craft supplies. It seemed like a nice day for the kids to sit outside and sew. So I took all the materials outside and invited them to start Sewing for Fun. I was actually a little surprised by how long this activity held their attention.

Sewing Helps Children Develop Fine Motor and Pre-Reading Skills!

Hand sewing skills not only helps to develop finger dexterity and the development of fine motor skills, they also develop pre-reading skills. The motion that the eyes have when they are looking at the needle and thread while sewing is visual tracking; a critical skill for reading fluency.

There are many ways that you can enjoy this activity: as a simple sewing project, a way to practice letters or even as a cooperative game!

Target skills for Sewing Fun for Kids:

  • Fine Motor; Finger Dexterity
  • Letter Recognition (optional)
  • Cooperative Play Skills (optional)
  • Visual Tracking

Sewing For Fun; Simple Sewing Projects that Build Skills for Kids

Materials You Need for Your Sewing Fun Project:

Sewing For Fun Materials; Simple Sewing Projects for Kids

Simple Instructions for Sewing Fun:

  • Take an old canvas or picture frame. Remove either the canvas or the glass.
  • Take a piece of burlap and stretch it tightly over the frame.
  • Staple or tack it to the back of the frame.
  • Sew!
Sewing Fun is All Done

Sewing Fun is All Done! Look how proud he is!


Extending the Learning With A Sewing Fun Activity:

  • Learning Letters: You can write letters or draw shapes on the burlap for the child to sew over.
  • Sewing as a Cooperative Art Activity: In a group situation, you can create a cooperative sewing game. Give each child a burlap covered frame. Give each child a different colored yarn. Put a timer on for 4 – 5 minutes. When the timer goes off hand your canvas to the person on your left and then have them sew on that canvas. Repeat until each canvas has been passed to each child.

Sewing For Fun; Simple Sewing Projects that Build Skills for Kids

Fun and Simple Sewing Activities the Kids Will Love:




  1. Theresa

    This is such a cool project! I can see why it kept their attention.

  2. Melissa Matters

    What a great simple sewing activity! My kids were just doing lacing the other day! I love the colored yarn.

  3. Megan

    Love this idea so much! You are so creative. I can’t wait to see with my little man.

    • Mosswood Connections

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