I am so happy to be here for Teresa’s Summer Fun with Kids Series. One thing that I am trying to get better at is teaching my children how to sew. My daughter who is four months will have to wait her turn. But her two older brothers who are 3 and 7 can learn now. If you find yourself with similar desires, my project today can help!
I’ve come up with a VERY simple pattern for a boy’s wallet. Of course, you can make it as girly as you please. For now, I’ll keep it all boy since there never seems to be enough boy projects out there.
It is designed for a child between age 7 and 10 give or take. You can certainly have younger children depending on their personality and interest. It is ideal that they can use scissors with some precision. I still was very hands on with my son Owen who is 7. He isn’t as familiar with my sewing machine as he could be. He enjoyed being my pattern tester though and he helped me work out quite a few kinks. To get the pattern, go here and retrieve it from my google docs account. Before you begin… Print off the pattern.
– You may notice that the pattern I provide you is different than the pattern pictured here. This is the pattern Owen tested for me. All the differences from this pattern to yours are improvements.
– There are directions on the pattern. Referring to this picture tutorial may help your young sewer a little better though.
Step 1. Gather what you’ll need for the project:
One word of caution on the faux snake skin wallet. The material is more oil cloth like than felt like.
You’ll need a smooth surface on the top and the bottom for sewing. Wrapping it in tissue paper can help. You just might need to do more trimming later as the wallet pieces may shift. I also DO NOT recommend using the snake skin with kids. It’s fussy and tricky even for me as an adult.
And…here is a peek at what the current pattern will make for you. There are two rows of stitching in the middle of the liner piece of felt. This helps the wallet close better.
A fun, functional craft great for any boy.
__________________________________ One more thing… If you read Project Run & Plays’ announcement yesterday, for the upcoming season’s line up of designers, you know that I’m one of them! I can’t tell you how excited, nervous, stressed, happy, and pumped I am to participate. I have wanted to participate for some time, but have always come up with an excuse not to go for it. Not this time though. This year is a year of “why nots” for me. I know it will only make me better, and hopefully my blog better. It might mean even less blogging during the competition, but I’m just going to see how it goes. I really do have projects in the works, but they move along like molasses around here. :) Have a blessed day!