Maddie has been asking me to teach her to sew for months now. I'd been putting it off until I felt her dexterity was up to snuff. I didn't want her to get discouraged and turned off from the whole idea if I introduced it too soon. Finally, though, I thought she was ready. Here's our first project - Tank Top Tote
Take an ordinary tank top and turn it inside out. The spaghetti strap ones are better, but any top will do. Then, sew a straight line across the hem of the shirt. We used a darning needle and darning thread (yarn) because it would be easier for five-year-old fingers to handle.
Make sure the stitches are small enough that what you're carrying won't be able to fit through the gaps. The stitches will be hidden, so if they aren't perfect it's not a huge deal.
Make a knot at the end of the row. Cut the thread, turn the bag inside out and Voila!