Nothing is more fun for a kid than learning to sew. C is 6 and G is 5 and they have been sewing for well over a year so really no age is too young to start teaching them. They have sewn Tooth Fairy Bears, Easter Eggs, you name it. Allowing them to create something with their own two hands and watching them do it is wonderful.
This hand sewn Christmas tree ornament is one that I will cherish forever. And their faces as they put them on the Christmas tree I will cherish even longer. They have such personality and took such hard work to create!
* Most can be easily found at your local craft store.
Sewing Needles ( I get the larger sized needles with a large eye BUT the ones that still have a point on them.)
1. Cut out two circles (or other shapes – trees, ovals, houses, etc.) of the exact same size from your felt pieces.
2. Cut a very long piece of embroidery floss.
3. Separate the two circles. Your kiddo will work on one at a time. Decorating the first one, add buttons, beads, or even just embroidering with a special creative stitch.
4. After both sides are decorated, place them together (wrong sides together).
5. Using the whipstitch, sew around the edge of your circles sewing them both together and leaving about 2-3 inches of a gap between start and end.
6. Tie off and cut string.
7. Fill ornament with stuffing.
8. Finish sewing your opening to make a complete circle. When you tie your string off this time, leave a long loop. This will be your ornament hanger.
This would make the perfect present for grandparents, teachers, you name it!