Lauren Lang blogs about modern quilting and sewing at Right Sides Together. When she’s not offering up product and book reviews, tutorials and tips, or industry profiles at RST, Lauren is a freelance copywriter and editor working in the craft industry. Lauren brings us some of her favorite, fresh tutorials for kid room updates… Take advantage of summer and add a little fun to a child’s room!
I’ll admit it: I love sewing for kids. When I sew my own clothes, I’m always afraid that what I make will look too “crafty” or kitschy, so I tend to be more conservative in my fabric choices and styles. But there’s a certain joy that comes with making items for the kiddos in my family; whatever I create, whether it’s a quilt or a dress or a pillow, it can be as bold or as colorful as I choose.
When crafting decorative items for kids’ rooms, it’s important to remember that space is often at a premium. My daughter’s room is at once a bedroom, a stuffed animal habitat, a library and a toy room. I love cute decor, but it gets extra bonus points if it serves a useful function at the same time. Interested in whipping up some crafty projects to deck out the kids’ rooms in your house? Check out these fresh, free tutorials for kids’ decor!
Triangle Baby Quilt from Lemon Squeezy Home
Need a quick baby gift? Christie from Lemon Squeezy Home shows her easy method for creating quarter-square triangles. She also has some stellar tips for arranging and organizing your blocks and pressing your seams. This sweet quilt is perfect for using up 10” squares, and I love how it uses enough white to keep the palette fresh and modern. Lay it out as a playmat or snuggle quilt while little ones are young, and then hang it up on the wall to decorate a bedroom or playroom once they get older!
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Mason Jar Embroidery Hoop Art from Flamingo Toes
Embroidery is making a huge comeback, and there are so many fun ways to incorporate it into kids’ room decor. Bev’s mason jar embroidery project is a great way to use up some larger scraps and master a simple backstitch. Add a little spice to this sweet wall hanging by stitching “Baller” instead of “Ball” on the mason jar, as pictured, or keep it classic. This would be perfect for a backyard-themed room.
Log Slice Pouf from Swoodson Says + Birch Organic Fabric
Stephanie of Swoodson Says teamed up with Birch earlier this year to offer a free tutorial for this adorable log slice pouf pillow! Perfect for kids to sit on, flop over, kick around and more, this pillow plays up the woodland theme of the fabric and comes in two styles: squirrel appliqué or hand-stitched tree rings. This is a beginner-friendly project and is offers lots of tips for using interfacing and hand-stitching seams closed.
Indestructible, Quick-Sew Drawstring Storage Bin from Sew Can Do
Cheryl’s right: kids come with a lot of stuff. And then they accumulate even more. This handy five-minute drawstring bin is a perfect complement to kids’ room decor, and it’s “indestructible” thanks to the use of waterproof oxford fabric (a very sturdy woven polyester with a polyurethane backing). If you don’t need this level of waterproof immortality in your kids’ room decor, the pattern would work equally well with duck cloth or sturdy, interfaced canvas.
Pillows with Piping from Made Everyday with Dana
Piping adds just the right amount of luxe to everyday pillows, and it’s a fun and easy way to spice up kids’ rooms with contrasting pops of color! In her new video tutorial, Dana shows how to create piping and sew it to a pillowcase at the same time– a new approach to a classic technique that will save you time. Sew up a bunch and use them to accent kids’ bedding or a nursery rocker.
Felt Craft Campfire from Lia Griffith
If your house is anything like mine, your kids’ tent lives inside more than out. Why not enhance it with a safe and fun indoor “campfire”? From the logs to the s’mores, it’s all here! This tutorial calls for hand stitching the felt, which is definitely possible but more time-consuming; if you have a sewing machine, feel free to use it until the campfire gets too bulky to shove under your presser foot, and then move to a hand held needle and thread.
Thanks so much for joining me for this roundup! Did we miss any tutorials that have been your go-to for kids’ room stitching? Let us know in the comments!