Make Your Own DIY Sewing Cards

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My little girl is now 4. And as a mum who sews, I really want to teach her some sewing basics. In my post about encouraging children to start sewing, I spoke about how my mum introduced me to sewing by using sewing cards. But as a crafter, I thought that we should make some of our own as an easy beginners sewing project. So here is how to make your own DIY sewing cards.

Make Your Own DIY Sewing Cards


You can buy packs of sewing cards, but why do that when you have all the things you need to make them in your home already?

You Will Need

Materials needed for sewing cards

We were given the craft foam in a kit a while back.

I cut some heart shaped pieces out of the foam using the Sizzix die cutter. But you could just freehand cut some large shapes.

Using a hole punch I went around the edge of each shape, periodically making a hole. Make sure to do an even amount of holes!

Making and using the sewing cards

I threaded the dull darning needle with wool and let Elizabeth have a go at sewing through the holes made. Because this was absolutely the first time we had done this, I did supervise her at all times and I kept the holes a simple linear design. But you could also make more complex designs of holes for cross stitches etc.

At the end I tied off the wool and cut the ends short.

The finished sewing cards

These hearts could be used for all kinds of Valentine themed crafts. But we decided to make a new Valentine garland with the hearts Elizabeth sewed. She was really proud of what she had done.

The sewing card hearts made into a garland

Like heart garlands? See my padded hearts garland tutorial!

Not only has she started sewing, but this activity is great for fine motor function and coordination. Which will hopefully help with her writing skills. It is definitely looking like she will be left handed.

Is this something that you could see your child enjoying? I love encouraging my little girl to try new things.

See our other child craft posts:

Or find some other brilliant toddler crafts in this post.

I would love to see if you have a go too. Contact me on social media or comment below.

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16 Replies to “Make Your Own DIY Sewing Cards”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. I’m a leftie too and my handwriting is ok, just hope that she follows suit.

    2. Emma says:

      These look lovely, especially when made into a garland! My boys love decorating the house for any occasion so this is something for us to try out! #KidsandKreativity

      1. Jo Boyne says:

        Thank you Emma – yes, my little girl loves garlands too!

  1. Carol says:

    I remember decades ago receiving something similar in my stocking at Christmas. It was fun but I like that you made your own.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Because E is so little I just thought it would be an easy way to start. Thank you for reading!

  2. Allyson says:

    That’s a good idea to just make the hearts yourself! This is a great project for making many different shapes, too. Pinned! I’m visiting from Home Matters Link Party. Have a nice weekend!

  3. Bread says:

    I definitely want to try these with my little one when he’s a little bigger. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you come back next time.

  4. Madeline (This Glorious Life) says:

    This is such a lovely idea! We had some sewing cards when my children were younger that they loved, and I can’t believe I never thought to make some other designs myself! x #KCACOLS

  5. Jade Page says:

    This is such a great idea and I am going to try this. Always looking for ways to practice motor skills in a new fun way. #KCACOLS

  6. Kerry says:

    What a lovely idea, these look great for encourgaing kids to start sewing. I have a few dicuts that I might need to try this out on. Thanks for linking up to #KidsandKreativity, hope to see you back next time x


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