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Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:44 am Post subject: Kids Hand Sewing
Kids Hand Sewing
By Debbie Madson
What can kids sew by hand? Kids can start sewing by hand as early as 5-6. Even preschoolers can sew with a larger blunt needle such as one used for plastic canvas. Lacing cards or holes punched in a piece of heavy paper can also be used for preschool sewing projects.
Once kids get use to sewing with a larger needle you can introduce them to a normal sewing needle. They can practice with simple sewing projects. Sewing buttons is good practice for hand sewing. You don't necessarily have to sew buttons on clothes. Using a scrap piece of material, practice sewing buttons on one at a time. When done you can cut the buttons off and save for another project.
Cut out a simple stuffed animal project by drawing a pattern on a piece of paper. Lay pattern on top of your material and cut two pieces out. Hand sew two pieces with right sides together. Leave one end open for stuffing. Turn right sides out and stuff. Sew opening closed. Sew on buttons for eyes or other scraps of material or felt to shape noses or mouths. Kids can get very creative when making stuffed animals.
Do you have some old socks laying around? Sewing sock puppets is a great kids sewing project. Cut out pieces of felt or material in the shape of eyes, nose, mouth, hair, ears, etc. Hand sew on your sock puppet. Let kids design whatever creatures or animals they can come up with while practicing hand sewing.
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