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Simple Sewing Activities for Teenagers
Teenagers are naturally imaginative and if provided with the right materials, they are capable of doing just about anything. The following sewing activities for teenagers (and younger kids) are quick to make, but the resulting products are long lasting. Sewing is a rewarding hobby that builds confidence as well as a creative skill – and not just for girls. Boys can enjoy these projects as well. Come to think of it, these projects are great for adults too.
A sewing machine is a prerequisite to work these tasks. If you don’t have one, quality sewing machines for beginners can be purchased for less than $200 on Amazon. It’s a good investment if you put it to use.
This project was lifted off Martha Stewart’s website and is perfect for a first project if your teenager has never sewn before. The charm packs are 5.5-inch squares that are pinked on the edges and usually come with 42 squares per pack. They can be found in any quilt or fabric shop in various colors and prints. Lavender and orris root powder can be purchased at health food stores.
- A charm pack
- Loose lavender buds
- Small funnel
- Orris root powder (a natural fixative to make the lavender scent last longer)
Sew two squares together with a half-inch seam allowance, leaving a small opening on one side. Using the funnel, fill about half way with lavender buds through the opening and then sew the opening shut. The sachets can be used in clothing drawers to keep items sweet smelling. In bundles of 4 or 5, they make excellent gifts.
Boo Boo Cold Packs
These are small cold packs for kids who have bumps, bruises, scratches, sprains or insect bites. Of course, they can be used for teenagers and adults too. The basic instructions are the same as the lavender sachets except the packs are filled with white rice and dried peppermint. Packs can be made large if desired as long as squares are of matching sizes.
- A charm pack
- White rice
- Dried peppermint leaves
- Small funnel
Sew two squares together with a half-inch seam allowance, leaving a small opening on one side. Using the funnel, fill about half way with white rice and a little of the dried peppermint through the opening and then sew the opening shut. The packs can be stored in the freezer indefinitely and be ready for use as needed. In bundles of 2 or 3, these make excellent gifts.
A Million Pillowcases
Making pillowcases are perfect sewing activities for teenagers as they can get as wild as they want with the fabric designs. I’ve included a link to A Million Pillowcases with very clear instructions and pictures for several different patterns rather than repeating them here. The patterns are in PDF format and can be printed out.
Kids can make a pillowcase for themselves and a few for charity. American Patchwork and Quilting is raising 1,000,000 pillowcases for local charities all over America. As of April 2011, 270,700 handmade pillowcases have been donated. Your local quilt or sewing shop may be participating in this challenge and pillowcases can be dropped off there if desired.
For intermediate to advanced sewists, there is a pattern and a video explaining how to make a pillowcase with no exposed raw edges using the ‘Roll it Up’ method – very cool!