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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
- Some stiff card or craft foam
- A hole punch
- A blunt or dull large darning needle – or plastic child needle
- Some wool
- Some cutting dies and a Sizzix die cutting machine (optional)
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!
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.
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.
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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