Instructables

Sewing Basics for Kids.

Featured
Picture of Sewing Basics for Kids.
I'm going to show you the basic techniques that I use when I'm sewing. You can go through the information here and practice it on a scrap of fabric, or go ahead and start any sewing project and come back here if you get stuck!
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: General Sewing Terms.

Right side  - This is the patterned side of the cloth, or the side that you want to show on the outside.

Wrong side  - This is the back of the cloth, the un-patterned side, the side you don't want people to be able to see. Usually the wrong side of the fabric ends up on the inside of your sewing.

Seam - The line where the stitches hold two bits of cloth together.

Step 2: Thread.

Picture of Thread.
double thread.jpg
I like to have a length of thread that's as long as my arm so I don't get in a tangle. You could have it shorter if you like, maybe if you are only doing a tiny bit of sewing.

1. Hold the reel of thread in one hand and the loose end in the other. 

2. Put the hand with the reel under your chin. 

3. Stretch your other arm out away from you as far as it'll go letting the thread unravel as you go. 

4. Chop the thread next to the reel with sharp scissors so you get a nice blunt end for threading your needle.

Single thread. (First Picture)
This is good to use if you are worried you might go wrong. It's really easy to take off the needle and unpick a few stitches, then just re-thread the needle and carry on. You need to watch out that you don't pull your thread out of the needle by accident while sewing though, or get the free end tangled up in the stitches. The arrow shows you where to tie the knot.

Double thread. (Second Picture)
I like to use double thread as it's a bit stronger, good for stuffed items. I love making stuffed items! The thread can't slide out of the needle while you are sewing, so you can maybe go a bit faster.
anca10 months ago
This is just great! Your drawings are very clear and easy to follow.
(removed by author or community request)
Hi!
Yep there are many different types of needle. There are really skinny ones for sewing on teeny beads all the way through to fat ones for wool.

When I'm sewing I try and use a needle that's not too much thicker than the thread I'm using when the thread is doubled over. Otherwise the needle makes a hole in your cloth that the thread doesn't quite fill up.
There's no exact needle you need to use really, just the one that feels right in your hand and fits your thread through the eye hole. :)

Hope that helps!
Holly.
Nice pictures for knot tying!
Holloughby (author) 3 years ago
Thanks! :)
Kiteman3 years ago
Nice, clear instructions and the drawings are so much clearer than photos would be.

Good job.