Great British Sewing Bee toddlers can sew!

This is a post dedicated to the Great British Sewing Bee, if you have already watched it you will know what i mean!  If not read here, you can see the first episode and others on the BBC from here.

Its a sewing competition where ladies or men compete through a series of challenges to see who is the best sewer. Challenges include understanding a sewing paper pattern, making difficult garments such as trousers and adapting/recycling regular items like a t shirt into other things. Its really addictive and really inspires me to get the sewing machine out, but sometimes that can be difficult if you have a little one either crawling, standing, grabbing you, i know you understand it!

I found this great post about helping a toddler to sew. I really think learning to sew is an essential skill, its a skill that stays with you, my mum taught me to sew in fact i still have my mums sewing machine! I cant wait to teach my little one to sew whens shes older but for the time being here is a great post about helping your toddler to learn to sew!


Even Toddlers Can Sew!

Sewing with a toddler doesn’t have to be complicated. Today I’m going to share a simple way to sew with a toddler that you can try with materials that you may already have around the house.

Like most parents, I’m keenly aware of my child’s strengths (and weaknesses, but we’re not going there today!), and N happens to be one of those people who is comfortable with fine motor activities. So, I thought it was high time to give her a little sewing project since she seems ready for it. This easy sewing activity came together quickly using materials that we found around the house. I’m not sure where I first got this idea from, so I’ve gathered a bunch of good resources for you and added them at the end of this post. It’s very likely that each of these fine blogs has played a role in this project, and I humbly add my version to the mix.

Here’s what we used to make it happen…

  • Cardboard Box (recycled from a package)
  • Mesh from a bag of sweet potatoes
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Embroidery Needle (They’re big, with big eyes, and perfect for small hands. You can also get them with blunt tips.)
  • Embroidery Thread (yarn would also work well)

I cut the cardboard box using scissors and an Exacto knife. If you don’t have an Exacto, you could most likely use scissors. The piece of mesh is about 1.5 inches larger in width and length than the piece of cardboard, and we pulled it taught and stapled it down.

We had lots of colors to choose from.

I gave a brief demonstration on how to pull stitches through the fabric and then held the frame while my daughter practiced her first stitches. The mesh was super for this on multiple levels: it’s strong and could withstand a lot of tugging, and it’s “transparent” which allowed N to really see what she was doing.


A little practice and then she was on her own. She picked up on it pretty quickly, although she wasn’t the least bit interested in following any dusty old sewing rules, and happily wrapped her stitches around the frame.

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