Sew Kids Clothes

Children grow at an alarming rate, whether your budget is stretched or not. If kids don't outgrow the clothing, they rip or stain the clothes you were hoping would last for a while. These techniques don't all require experienced sewing skills to achieve stretching your children's clothing budget. Mending a child's clothing allows clothes to be worn rather than end up in the rag bag.

  • 01 of 08

    Mending Clothing and Fabric

    Spools of thread beside denim

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    Kids play and they play hard. Along with those scraped knees and elbows are clothing that gets ripped and torn. Learn how to mend clothing and you will make your children's clothing last rather than having a good supply of rags.

  • 02 of 08

    Free Sewing Patterns for Baby Items

    Use a towel to make a great bib

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    One of the best ways to prevent stains on children's clothing is to use a bib. You'll find free directions to convert a towel into a fantastic bib, directions to convert a baby blanket into a poncho, free hat patterns and many other free sewing patterns in this list for baby sewing.

  • 03 of 08

    Free Patterns to Sew Clothing

    Sun dresses

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    If you have access to the internet page you are reading and a printer, you have access to free sewing patterns for clothing. Many sites offer free directions to sew clothing and many have free printable patterns.

  • 04 of 08

    Embellish Sweatshirts and Tee Shirts

    Sweatshirt with cut work

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    Children stain clothing and many stains will not come out in the wash. That doesn't mean the clothes can only be worn for playtime and never to be seen in public again. Using embellishment techniques, you may end up hiding the stain and converting a plain, inexpensive tee shirt or ​sweatshirt into "dress-only" clothing.

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  • 05 of 08

    Free Childrens' Clothing Projects

    Toddler Sun Bonnet With a Ruffle Brim

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    Free sewing patterns and projects really help ​stretch your clothing budget. This list of free children's clothing projects and patterns will have you saving a fortune on children's clothing.

  • 06 of 08

    Free Patterns and Projects to Sew Clothing Accessories

    DIY Belts

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    Clothing accessories, like belts and scarves, can stretch a child's wardrobe, the same way they stretch an adult wardrobe. Sewing clothing accessories stretch the budget and the wardrobe. Use these free sewing patterns to sew wardrobe accessories that will prove to be an easy and economical way to stretch your wardrobe budget.​

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    Teaching Adults and Children to Sew

    A basic sewing kit

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    Once a child is old enough to hold a needle and thread, without puncturing​ themselves or the people around them, there are ways they can join in the sewing fun. You may be surprised just how much they start taking care of the clothes they sew for themselves.

  • 08 of 08

    Free Simple to Learn and to Teach Sewing Patterns and Projects

    Lemon-print potholder

    The Spruce Crafts / Debbie Colgrove

    If you've never sewn before, you may be hesitant to start sewing by sewing on a pre-made garment. Learn the basics and be creative with these free, simple, first time sewing projects. You'll be a pro before you know it!