Here’s the very first sewing project my 8 year old student ever attempted.  You should see the megawatt smile she’s sporting!  Project is from The Best of Machine Sewing Fun for Kids.

Allow 3 hours start-to-finish.  Great project for learning how to trace a pattern, follow directions and practice some hand stitching.  Due to the numerous curved parts, I would not recommend this as first project.  Do a pillowcase, drawstring bag or potholders first.   A sewing machine with a speed controller will also be a great help for new sewers who can’t quite maintain a steady speed with a traditional machine.  I brought in my old Elna Carina for her to sew on.  She asked if I was bringing “her” machine to our next class. 🙂