High School and College graduations are important occasions, but don’t forget the Kindergarten Grads! These little scholars have worked hard all year to adjust to school work, teachers and their fellow students, too. Whether you want to make something special for the ceremony or just the party. I’ve found lots of ideas for you below. Sewing for your Kindergarten Grad is a wonderful way to honor their accomplishments and convey your heartfelt love and pride!
DIY Kindergarten Grad Gown
Graduation gowns can be expensive and you may have trouble even finding one in your Kindergartner’s size. But, you can easily use your sewing superpowers to create a custom gown for your proud little grad! Using an adult size dress shirt as a template pattern, Rosenya shares a simple tutorial on the Our Everyday Life blog. You’ll need about two yards of satin in the appropriate color, a zipper and basic sewing supplies including a seam ripper. The seam ripper is essential as Rosenya instructs you on how to disassemble the dress shirt to create a pattern. Costume satin is inexpensive and readily available in lots of colors at your nearest big box fabric store.
Construction is simple once you’ve purchased fabric and made your pattern. Once assembled, try the gown on your grad to determine the body and sleeve length, stitch the hems and you’re done! Click here for the Kindergarten Graduation Gown tutorial.
The Party Dress
If your wee Kindergarten Grad loves a swishy dress, she’ll be thrilled with the Party Dress! Designed and offered as a free pattern by Lindsay, author of Classic Clothes for Children, this professionally drafted pattern is a delight to stitch together. She wisely includes both body and finished garment measurements to make fitting easy! The dress includes a princess style big bow sash and plenty of gathers for a little twirl. It’s perfect in everything from cotton prints to silks, depending on your little grad’s desire. The bodice is fully lined and easy to sew using Lindsay’s simple sequence for sewing. The tutorial on her Cottage Mama blog includes lots of helpful info and links to other techniques you’ll use. Just right for confident beginners as well as those with more advanced skills! Click here for the Party Dress tutorial and free pattern.
Twirly T-Shirt Top Dress
If you need a super-quick dress to stitch up, a Twirly T-Shirt Top Dress will be just right! Jamie of the Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom blog sewed a basic t-shirt, then added a belt and skirt to the bottom. She includes the downloadable pattern pieces in her post and instructions for cutting the belt and skirt from measurements. You’ll use a knit fabric for the t-shirt top and a woven for the twirly skirt. You can make your own tee, as Jamie did, or use a purchased one for the bodice. Jamie includes great tips for handling the fabrics that you’ll use and nice detailed steps for stitching in the cute puffy sleeve. This is an adorable dress, that will be fun for your Princess K Grad to wear! Click here for the Twirly T-Shirt Top Dress tutorial.
Handsome Boy Vest
If the Kindergarten Grad is your little man, you’ll love the sharp looking vest I found on The Sewing Rabbit blog. Jess, known for her fabulous tutorials, walks you through this handsome vest with ease. It’s a very professional pattern with great size and fabric yardage charts included. And, if you’ve never printed and put together a PDF pattern before, this would be a good place to start. Jess outlines the steps clearly and you’ll be a pro once your pattern is assembled. The vest is fully lined with a cool “turn through the shoulder” method and instructions for a faux piping look. The color photos show the construction steps and details perfectly to make sewing the vest simple and enjoyable. Click here for the Boy Style Vest tutorial.
The Perfect Kindergarten Grad Gift – A T-Shirt Quilt!
And, now for the perfect gift for your young Kindergarten Grad! Gather all those t-shirts from summer camping, trips to amusement parks, sports and family reunions and let’s make a quilt. Lindsay of the Diary of a Crafty Lady blog loves making T-Shirt Quilts and has it down. She offers excellent cutting advice and gives a detailed method for planning the size of your blocks. It does involve a bit of math, but it’s pretty ingenious. Of course, you could just add fabric borders to make your blocks a uniform size, too! Lindsay suggests adding interfacing to your t-shirt blocks for stability. She used a non-woven interfacing, but you may want to use a lightweight knit. It will stabilize without adding much stiffness and keep your quilt softer to the touch. Click here for the T-Shirt Quilt tutorial