Let them choose. When they ask for something. I suggest a way for them to make it themselves and structure the project to their age/interest/skill level. Be flexible.
An easy first project is a pillow. It can be for a doll, stuffed animal or small for bean bags.
Caiden’s bear quilt at 6 was a simple one piece of fabric, layered and sewn envelope style. He visits once a year, has only sewn a couple of times and while he is very interested, our time is limited.
Noah wanted to make something for his snake. I suggested a sleeping bag.
Camden at 7 wanted to make a quilt for cousin Grace, who was days away from birth. He was interested in cutting and sewing so a simple I strip quilt was planned as it was his first time on the machine.
His brother Colson, 5, same year wanted to make something for his parents so I thought ornaments would be fun, simple and easy.
Savannah saw a quilt with kites on it and wanted to make a wall hanging. Her first project was an art quilt.
Children love to give back. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge is a perfect opportunity with simple sewing and fun.
The possibilities are endless and the children are a storehouse of ideas. Learn from them and with them. Have fun.
Passing on the possibilities on the journey, Jackie