Natalie had been asking to do “hand-sewing” for quite a while, so a few weeks ago I finally decided to get her started. Our first project was sewing bookmarks cut from plastic canvas using a plastic yarn needle and yarn. This is so easy and inexpensive – you can buy the plastic canvas in a variety of colors and even in shapes like circles and hearts. It only took N a few stitches to get the hang of it, and she was off and running on her own.
I have been teaching this at the girls’ preschool as well. Girls and boys both have been loving it. Some of the kids, like my Natalie, like to sew straight stitches all around the edge or back and forth across the canvas. Others like to “go crazy” and sew different lengths and directions all over the canvas. It’s amazing how long they have been willing to sit and focus on this activity. Little do they know they are working on those important finger & hand skills while they sew!
Next up for sewing — burlap in an embroidery hoop.