I don’t have any children myself, but I recently did my first kids sewing whilst making gifts for my niece and nephew. Sewing for children isn’t just about sewing smaller garments – there are some important safety concerns to consider as well as well!
- Be aware of choking hazards – never use ribbon or neck ties – go for velcro (with the soft side facing the body!) or snaps instead that will break away if they get caught during play.
- If sewing for babies or very small children, never use buttons (for closures or as eyes on stuffies) as they can come undone and will also be a choking hazard.
- Use robust stitching when making clothing – use a small stitch length or a strong 4 thread overlock on your serger to make sure those seams don’t blow out on the playground.
- Non-flammable pyjamas – make sure the flannel you buy is marked safe for children’s sleepwear. Pyjamas should fit snugly, as loose-fitting garments are more likely to catch light in the event of a fire.
- If you need to fit a work in progress on a child, remember to use safety pins instead of straight pins so they don’t get jabbed taking it off!