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My 5-year-old daughter has been begging me to learn how to sew lately. I have been sewing for years and it has apparently influenced her desire to learn. She told me that she has to learn to sew and cook to be a good grown-up. I love that… So, I have been thinking of ways to teach her some very beginning sewing. It is such a valuable skill to know.
My mother-in-law recently gave me some little mesh plastic craft circles.
You can also buy this stuff in large sheets.
I drew little pictures on the lacing circles with a permanent marker.
I found some plastic needles and lacing strings on Discount School Supply
(my absolute favorite place to buy school supplies!)
She has been using these nonstop since I made them for her. She LOVES them!
Another fun thing to do is to make a little homemade purse. We did this with craft foam and yarn. I put two rectangles together and hole punched them. My daughter wove through the holes and we tied it together at the end. She also decorated her purse when she was done sewing it. It was so simple! She also had lots of fun with this one.
I also helped her sew a small fabric bag. I have some jumbo needles and I threaded them with embroidery thread, so it was easier for her. If you place the two pieces of fabric together (right sides facing each other) then sew around, except for one side, it makes a little bag. She uses it to hold some of her little toys. She is so proud of the fact that she really made it on her own.
We will eventually get to some beginning cross stitching, too. But her had is not quite steady enough for that. For now we are starting with the very basics. It is fun to see my daughter taking an interest in something I also enjoy.
LOVE this idea! Thanks for linking it up to Homeschooling on the Cheap! You are being featured on my facebook page! Have a great weekend,
Kim @ The Educators Spin On It says
Thanks for sharing in our Afterschool Link Party. Hope you had a chance to check out the alligator purse that we shared this week too! Can’t wait to see what you share this week!
maryanne @ mama smiles says
This is lovely! I’ll be featuring you today 🙂
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom says
What a great idea for beginning sewing skills! I have pinned this and will looking into this for both my son and daughter. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!
These are great! My younger girls are getting to the age where they want to start sewing and such. I will have to try this with them!
Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂
Carolyn Wilhelm says
Sew fun! (Couldn’t resist) my daughter hadn’t sewn in years and remembers some stitches I taught her when she was young. Lifelong learning!
Tonya Dirksen says
Love the sewing ideas! My girls do lacing cards but maybe it is time to do something bigger! Thanks!
Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife says
Marker on plastic canvas- that is a great tip!
What great ideas!!! I love the marker on canvas tip… I will absolutely be doing that with my little ones!!!
Susie Buetow says
We love this a lot! Thanks again for sharing it in Homeschooling in the Cheap! Your post was one of our top clicked post! Keep on rockin’ your great ideas.
Here is your feature and the new linky is up and running. We can’t wait to see what ideas you share this week!
What a fabulous idea!!!