I made this top, See Kate Sew's Pippa Peplum Top in under 2 hours from start to finish. There's an adult version too, and she's having a sew-along on her blog. But honestly, it's such a simple and straightforward pattern that I hardly even needed to read the directions.
Oh, and look! S got a sewing machine for Christmas. This is the one she got. Its a Janome 3/4 size Hello Kitty sewing machine. I admit, I am a sucker for hello kitty and that color. We started lessons the day after she opened the box, then her friend (her birthday twin) joined us for a 3 day sewing camp.
I used a couple of blogs to help with lesson plans. Ikat bag was helpful with the types of projects that 5 year-olds can handle. I referred a lot to this post. Welcome to the Mouse House has an ongoing series on teaching kids to sew with a lot of good info and tips.
The girls completed one project per session, which lasted about 2 hours each. They were super-motivated and such great listeners.
Of course, they both needed a lot of help and are not totally independent, but I'm pretty impressed with the progress they've made.