My daughter recently had a birthday and her main present was a new sewing machine! I actually bought the machine in early December. It was killing me to not give it to her, but I’m glad I bought it when I did since this particular machine is now sold out everywhere! (According to Amazon, it will be back in stock soon.)
She was so excited to start sewing. We pretty much spent the first day practicing the stitches, sewing straight lines, using pins and following the marks I made. By day 2 she was ready to make something. I’d bought a coordinating pack of felt squares for her to sew with and I thought they would be the perfect fabric to use to make a simple Clutch Bag.
What makes this such a great beginning project for young sewers, is that it truly is just a couple of straight lines of sewing and voila, you have a cute finished project to show off! (Perfect size and shape for carrying around all your stickers.)
To make this project, you need:
- 2 pieces of felt (8 x 12, something like this would be perfect or this was the one I bought.
- 1 inch piece of velcro (you can sew or glue this- whatever works.)
- Buttons or trim for the front.
- basic sewing supplies (ruler, disappearing ink marker, scissors)
2. Pin in place and sew down the edge of one of the short ends- 1/4 inch from the edge. My daughter still has trouble using the edge to line up her sewing, so I used the disappearing ink marker to draw in where to sew.
Trim off the excess fabric, leaving a scant 1/8 inch.
Sew or glue the velcro in place. (My daughter has been playing with this purse for about a week now, I can see I will eventually need to re-glue or sew the velcro.)
Add any accessories and you are done!
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