15 Simple Kid Knits for New Knitters


One of the best things that fall brings with it is knitting. I tend to sew a lot, but it was so exciting to break open my knitting bag and get my needles going on some new projects!

Are you new to knitting or looking for some quick knits for your kiddos (or upcoming babies)?

Check out these links for knitting patterns that are simple enough for beginners, but equally useful for the seasoned knitter:

knitting for kids

knitted headband pattern with pom pom from Rust and Sunshine:headband rust and sunshine

slippers in any size from Beatrice Cavicchioli slippers by beatrrice cavicchioli


any size beginner hat recipe from The Sheep Shop

beginner hat from sheep shop cambridgeThis hat is knitted flat, so it’s perfect for those who aren’t quite ready for knitting in the round!


3 and a half knitted bows from Cornflower Blue Studio:3.5 bows cornflower blue studio

These are so useful! Boys can wear them as bowties, or pair them with the above headband for girls!

knitted treasure bag from Inner Child Crochet

 I love this little bag for keeping tiny treasures that my kids have collected!

knitted doughnuts from I Like Lemons knitted doughnuts i like lemons

In her post she offers her variation, plus a link to the original pattern. The pattern uses an M1 stitch, which might be new for beginners. For a great demonstration of this stitch, see this video.

Child’s play crown from This Cosy Life:thiscosylifeknittedcrown

I made one of these crowns for each of my girls a couple years ago and they still wear them for dress-up! Also, be sure to check out her pattern shop…it’s full of wonderful things to knit!



ninja toy from Vickie Howell at Craftsy:purple stitch ninja craftsy

*this one is free from Craftsy (part of the Purple Stitch Project), however you will need to sign up for a Craftsy account to access it



knitting for babies

Simple baby bib pattern:  knitted bib lsmorin

(image is from ellemme, pattern found here)


Knitted baby bonnet from Knit and Bake:  baby bonnet knit and bake

easy baby booties knitting pattern


these are wonderfully easy to knit and have so many variations to play with!



preemie baby hat from Ewe Ewe

preemie baby hat pattern ewe ewe

Striped baby hat from A La Sascha:           simple striped baby hat ala sascha English translation and link to PDF found at the bottom of her post


Baby frog legs (legwarmers) pattern from Lauren Dahl: babyfroglegs laurendahl


bias baby blanket from JCasa

bias blanket jcasa

  this blanket is knit in 3 colors and is so beautiful in its simplicity

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35 DIY Halloween Hoodie Costumes

Its amazing what one can make with a simple hoodie!  I’ve rounded up some awesome tutorials, ideas, and insparation for Halloween costumes made from hoodies and sweatsuits…

Animal Hoodie Costumes


Monkey hoodie costume tutorial from Craft

monkey from makezine



Lion hoodie costume instructions from National Geographic Kids


Goldfish hoodie costume tutorial from How to be Jenna

goldfish howtobejenna



Crab costume from Woman’s Day

crab from womansday


No-Sew octopus hoodie costume tutorial on Instructables

octopus from instructables



Bat costume tutorial from How to be Jenna

bat how to be jenna

Owl hoodie costume from EEma-Le

bird from eema


Elephant hoodie costume from Fat Wallet

elephant fatwallet


Raven hoodie costume from Martha Stewart

raven martha stewart


Bat costume with umbrella wings from Evil Mad Scientist
bat from evil mad scientist

 No-Sew Bumblee hoodie costume from Dollar Store Crafts

bumblebee from dollarstorecrafts


Owl hoodie costume with mask template from Pure Joy Events
owl from purjoyevents



Shark hoodie from Lisa Storms at Friskars

shark from lisa storms

 Unicorn hoodie costume tutorial from Deanna’s Stuff
unicorn from deannasstuff

Little lamb costume instructions from Parents Magazine

little lamb parentsmag

Spider hoodie costume instructions from Reader’s Digest

spider costume readers digest

Freezer paper skeleton from Instructables

skeleton from instructables

Fairytales and Fantasy Hoodie Costumes


Knights costume from Mer Mag

knits from mermag


Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf hoodie costumes from Martha Stewart

little red riding hood and wolf martha stewart


Dinosaur hoodie costume tutorial from How to be Jenna

dinosaur from howtobejenna



Dinosaur hoodie costume tutorial from The ME in Mommydinosaur themeinmommy

Monster hoodie tutorial from Lisa Storms at Friskars
monster friskars


 Frog Price and Princess hoodie costumes from Martha Stewart

frogprince and princess from martha stewart

Character Hoodie Costumes


 Foofa costume from Hey Jen Renee

Wow Wow Wubbzy costume at Bob Boyle
wubbzy bobboyle

Angelina Ballerina hoodie costume from Sweet B

angelinaballerina from sweetb


Angry Birds hoodie costume tutorial at Instructablesangrybirds instructables

DJ Lance Rock costume tutorial from Johnny in a Dress
dj lance from johnnyinadress

Elmo hoodie costume from Fat Walletelmo from fatwallet

Max from Where the Wild Things Are hoodie costume from Missmaxwildthings from miss

Minions costume at Coolest Homemade Costumes

minions coolesthomemade

Perry the Platypus hoodie costume tutorial from Dabbledperryplatypus from dabbled

R2D2 hoodie costume at Fashionably Geeky
r2d2 fashionablygeek

Make Your Own Lunch Bag

I have yet to find a good store-bought lunch box that will take my kids through an entire school year. Maybe one of these would do the trick?

Lunch Bag Sewing Patterns and Tutorials

This bag is from Ellen Lucket Baker’s (of The Long Thread) book 1, 2, 3 Sew, and I absolutely love it in the Cute Bot fabric! She offers the pattern for free at Sew Mama Sew.

A Crafty Fox shows how to make this adorable linen lunch sack featuring a pieced sawtooth star. Hers is perfect featuring the little cowgirl, and with the right choice of prints this little sack would bring a smile to any child.

Bento boxes are a fun way to get creative with kids’ lunches, and Lark Crafts offers a free pattern for this bento box carrier.

A Lemon Squeezy Home shows how to whip-up this lunch sack

Lunch bag from Pink Penguin

From The Purl Bee

Insulated lunch bag from Sew 4 Home

Zippered lunch bag from Blissful By Quenna

This simple lunch tote is from The Long Thread

Put those plastic bags to good use with these recycled lunch bags from Made by Lex

Printed Brown Paper Lunch Bags

Making printed lunch bags is as simple as running your brown bag through your home printer! See the sites below for more details on these fun lunch bags.

From Cottage Hill

From Laza Flair



From Christina Yates Photography

Plus there are many more lunch bags and lunch accessories in the Lunch Bags! book
from Stash Books.


Be sure to check out our other Back to School projects!


Pencil Topper Tutorials

Make going back to school a little more fun with these great pencil toppers!

Pipe cleaner alien toppers from Craft Jr.:


Canvas pencil toppers from Momtastic

Felt pencil toppers from The Long Thread:

Felt woodland pencil toppers from Whimsy Love:

Felt babushka doll pencil toppers from One Crafty Mumma

Craft foam pencil toppers from Whimsy Love
Crochet pencil toppers from AnneMarie’s Haakblog:

Personalized pencil toppers from Lakeshore Learning: