Sewing Projects for OCC
I don’t yet have school-aged children, but from what I can remember, summertime = free time (as long as you don’t overfill it with activities). And so the struggle begins as to what you fill it with. My suggestion this year? Fill it with thoughts of Christmas. Well, not exactly. But this is a great time of year to make some special items to pack in Operation Christmas Child boxes.
If you are not familiar with Operation Christmas Child, it is a great ministry that delivers shoeboxes filled with goodies packed by you to children around the world. And with each box also comes the good news of Jesus Christ. The collection is usually in November, and every year, my family packs some boxes. But I am always scrambling to get ours filled. And with that being prime holiday season (i.e. super busy-ness), I never have the opportunity to make something special or personalized for the child receiving the box. I’m sure that getting a box of anything is great when you are expecting to get nothing. But how much greater would it be to get something lovingly made or extremely personal? Those are the kinds of gifts I like to give to my family and friends, so I want to be able to try to do that for these children.
And I’m inviting you to do it with me!
I have compiled a list of some of the projects that I would like to try to tackle this summer for filling boxes. These are all mostly sewing projects, so they will be geared toward your older children, but don’t forget to include your boys. Men can sew, too! (And if you are wondering why all the sewing, I just feel that clothes and accessories are a great way to be practical and yet be personal. Plus, it’s intensely satisfying to make an article of clothing that is wearable.)
1. Circle Skirt
This tutorial is so easy to follow, and even though it sewing on a curve, when the curve is big enough, it’s just like a straight line. This could be a great teaching project for a budding sewer.
Little ones can help glue the petals on or cut them out as their scissor skills allow.
You could stuff everything in the shoebox in the backpack first. Then it’s like opening two presents!
4. Bow Hair Tie
These are snap to put together and so cute! I want some for myself.
These are just plain fun. What kid wouldn’t love getting a pair of these?
These seem really easy to put together. Not too many seams for a whole dress!
You can make them dragons or not. But either way, they would be great for little feet. Use your kids feet as a template to make them really personal.
8. Bucket Hat
This is a great summertime accessory, and the pattern seems easy to follow.
9. Boy Shorts
This tutorial also links to some pants. Either would be a great option to add to a box.
10. No Sew Tutu
This is just fun. And even little girls who don’t have much deserve to feel the fun of a frilly tutu. Just be sure you can squash it all in the box!