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Crafting with children

With the Easter holidays approaching here in the UK, it’s a great time to sew with children and teach them the skills of crafting. This week on the blog we are sharing with you some patterns that could be fun to sew over the holidays, with little ones in mind. We’ve got patterns for toys and other items to make that could be perfect gifts too.

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Pattern: McCalls M7819

These cute stuffed toys are lovely projects to make with children. The pattern contains six animals, each with an appliqued muzzle, contrast body and embroidered mouth.

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Pattern: Burda Style 6561

This baby play toys set includes a set of stacking rings, cube and two play balls. These are fun and easy sewing projects, which would be perfect for using up fabric scraps. You could also make them in matching colours for the baby’s nursery.

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Pattern: McCalls M7553

This pattern set includes three dinosaur plush toy patterns and an appliquéd quilt to play with them on. This is a lovely set that would be great to make as a gift for any dinosaur fan!

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Pattern: McCalls M7451

This pattern set comes with options to make a Cat, Bear, Rabbit and Dog stuffed toys. These are really simple patterns, that would be ideal for a beginner. You can use cotton, felt or fleece to make these keep sake toys.

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Pattern: Kwik Sew K4204

These cute little creatures are also a really quick and simple sew. Use brightly coloured cottons and fabric scraps for contrasting eyes. The mouth has been embroidered on with thread. These animals can also be made with jersey or fleece fabrics.

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Pattern: Kwik Sew K4091

If you are looking for more of a challenge, these adorable stuffed toys are perfect playthings for a child. Make a fish, starfish, octopus or whale. The octopus has tactile ribbon tentacles! The large whale has a handle for easy holding, contrast underbelly, mouth and tongue. You can store the smaller toys in a zipped mouth for safekeeping!

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Pattern: Kwik Sew K0266

These woodland critters have been designed by Ellie Mae. Animals are stuffed with polyester fibrefill, have contrast applique faces and fringed contrast fabric detailing. Make a hedgehog, raccoon, owl or lion!

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Pattern: Kwik Sew K0211

Use your favourite leftover fabrics to create this charming menagerie of animals! Make a lion, zebra or giraffe. All these animals have eye and pupil appliques and contrast inner ears, mane and tail. Another great project to use up fabric scraps.

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