These ideas require a sewing machine. With practise and care a sewing machine can be used at an early age. If you don't have a machine and are lucky enough to be looking to buy one, look for something that has variable speed. When you are learning it is really good to be able to machine slowly and not suddenly find you've machined right off the end of the fabric. The sewing machines used at the Festival of Quilts childrens workshops are made by Brother and are very popular. They have a start/stop button which means you don't have to master a foot pedal. My daughter started on a Bernina with a foot pedal, the speed set to the lowest and was perfectly happy.