Today we have a post from our sweet contributor, Ana, from The Lost Apron:
Learn to Sew Drawstring Pouch is a child tutorial beginner project.
This is part of a series in Teaching Children to Sew. This is a way to teach your child to sew (even if you don’t know how.)
There are instructions for the adult and for the child. The adult will be making a Pre-Cut Sew Kit and the child will be sewing. Read about this method at Learn to Sew with Pre-Cut Kits.
This project will show how to pivot and make a casing.
- 1/4 yard (or fat quarter) of fabric
- 2/3 yard of 3/8″ Ribbon
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing kit
- Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
- Wonder Clips (optional)
- Point turner (optional)
- Loop turner (optional)
- Spray starch (optional)
Make a Pre-Cut Sew Kit.
- Iron fabric. Iron out any folds. Optional: Use spray starch for a crisp, smooth finish on the fabric. This makes it easier for little hands to handle. Use manufacturer’s instructions.
- Cut fabric using the rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. Cut the fabric 6 1/2” tall X 10” wide.
- Make cuts in fabric using a tape measure as your guide. 2″ down from the top, cut across the width of the tape measure. Cut both sides.
Warning: Do not let children use a rotary cutter.
- With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, press 2 flaps inward as shown above the slits.
- Press down 4/8″.
- Press down again so that the fold meets the edge of the slits as shown.
This completes the Pre-Cut Sew Kit.
Before the child sews, review:
Sew Seams and Turn Right Side Out
- Unfold casing folds. Stitch flaps down as shown.
- Refold casing and stitch close to fold through all layers.
- Insert ribbon through casing using a safety pin or loop turner as shown.
- Fold fabric in half with the right sides together.
- Pin along 2 sides. Pin ribbon out of the way.
- Sew along 2 sides using a 4/8″ seam, pivoting at corner.
- Turn right side out. Use point turner to poke out the corner.
- Knot ends of ribbon together. Trim ribbon ends if necessary.
- Cinch to close.
- Give as gifts to friends filled with candies or small items.
- Keep one for your hair accesseries.
See Pillows, Pouches & Bows, Oh My!!! for the entire series on teaching children to sew.
Links to all the resources used can be found at Learn to Sew Drawstring Pouch.
For all other guest posts by The Lost Apron see: Raising Homemakers
My name is Ana Sullivan. I began my blog, The Lost Apron, because people would ask me for advice on parenting. My only qualifications for giving advice is that I have been there and I am proud of who my children have become. I have a daughter in college, a son and another daughter that are college graduates who are working and living on their own. I have been married for almost 30 years to a dream of a husband.
I have been a working mom, a part-time-work-at-home mom, and a stay-at-home mom. Although I have preferred being the SAHM, I try to write my blog in a way that would encourage all moms to be better moms. I hope to be the mentor mom to the young mom and the friend to the older moms and grandmothers. You can visit me over at Pinterest and Facebook.