What Can I Sew for My Grandson?

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Hello! I have just purchased a new sewing machine and was wondering if you have any ideas of things I could sew for my beautiful 10-month-old grandson. I am only a basic sewer and I don’t have an overlocker. I just need some ideas to get me motivated to start. Thanks!

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Congratulations on your new grandson! Hand-sewn items for him are sure to be treasured forever. Here are several ideas to get you started:

  • Since you are a basic sewer you could consider embellishing a store-bought article of clothing. That takes out the complicated step of sewing something from scratch, but still has a lovely personalized touch. Here’s a video you might find helpful: Sewing an Applique Onesie
  • Another fun and fairly easy project would be a bib (which you could also embellish with ideas from the video above). This video takes you through the steps: How to Make Bias Tape
  • A quilt could be another fun idea. Don’t be intimidated by this if you are just starting out sewing. A quilt top can be as simple as just squares stitched together – it doesn’t have to be a complicated pattern. And, you can always have someone else do the quilting for you! Minky is a great fabric to use for baby quilts: Sewing with Minky
  • We also have some other articles with tons of projects to sew for babies, so you may be interested in reading:

    8 Easy Projects to Sew for Babies
    6 Gift Ideas to Sew for Babies

    I hope these ideas give you some inspiration!

    If you’re looking to try your hand at some patterns, I recommend visiting your local fabric store as they will have several different pattern books with great kid’s clothes ideas. Check out the Simplicity and McCall’s books – they will have easier, more beginner-level patterns with easy-to-follow instructions. Butterick patterns are also good but can be a bit trickier (unless it’s specifically labeled as easy), and the same goes for Burda. Also, most pattern books have an “Easy” section or a section for “quick” or “1-hour projects” – these would be great for beginners as well.

    Good luck, and happy sewing!


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    3 Responses to “What Can I Sew for My Grandson?”
    1. Carolyn

      I have had a stroke but, am able to freely use my left and partial right hand. I’m looking forward to using my sewing machine again!

    2. Debbie

      Last week you posted a pillow with a child carrying the pillow w/ a handle, now I cannot find it. Today is 11-11-18.