Ecolovies ~ Sewing Cards for Older Kids
On the Cereal Box Mini Boxes tutorial I was talking about using a tiny hole punch for my daughters sewing projects. I was just reminded of this as I looked through The Creative Family for inspiration last night. Tonight, I made Cyan some new sewing cards and I thought I would show you guys how I do it. She has become quite the little hand seamstress, and is getting better all the time, but for a brush up on some of her stitches I use these.
Cyan mostly sews on paper so far... she hand sews on real heavy card stock and machine sews through simple mazes printed on lighter card stock. Both of these help her get the techniques down before she starts cutting into her own fabric projects. Slowly but surely she is moving up to felt, but I have found that paper is the easiest way to learn the stitches and how to use the sewing machine for beginners.
First, gather your materials. On my messy table tonight were:
Then to sewing!
A note on needles: The plastic needle she was using can be found at a regular craft store in the notions section. For the blanket and chain stitch I used a 'doll' needle, which I got in an embroidery needle set, also found in the notions section. I use the larger needles so they are easier for her to hold. The plastic needle was for when she was younger, but it works well for Logan now.
As I handed them to her, she said "Oh! I love these!" and immediately started sewing away. Can't get much better response than that. ;)