BEST STARTS FOR KIDS

Threading or Sewing

Making a pom pom is easy. Pictured here is how you do it.

  • Weave a thread over and over a circular paper loom until it is around three layers thick.

  • Insert a needle and thread and pass it under all of your woven circle of thread. Ensure when you complete the circle the ends are long enough to ties it together Loosely.

  • Take a pair of scissors and cut all of the woven threads following the perimeter of the circle.

  • Tighten the thread holding them together.

  • Fluff the pom pom

Make a pin cushion.

  • Make two identical symmetrical shapes on cardboard (circles or hearts work well)

  • Place them on a piece of fabric and draw around them

  • Cut both shapes out of the fabric ensuring they are 2 cm larger

  • Running stitch around the outside of both shapes (approximately 1 cm in and pull the threads over the cardboard)

  • Place a layer of wadding between the fabric and the cardboard

  • Pull the running stitch thread so the card board becomes covered by fabric on one side

  • Place the two pieces together (cardboard side in and over sew both pieces together

  • Decorate with a bow made of ribbon

Depending upon the age of your child, they could commence making a hand patched cushion or a baby quilt​.

If a teenager, (or a mature 5-6th class primary aged child) is using a sewing machine they need lessons on safety and they need supervision to ensure they don't put the needle through their finger while learning.

  • ​As a starting point young children  can thread pasta, autumn leaves or cotton reels onto plastic cord using a bodkin.

  • Hand sewing can be supplied at different levels according to the age and ability levels of the children concerned. 

  • Sewing can be an ongoing activity that children can do with parents over years. It can progress from simple threading to designing and sewing clothing and costumes.

Many commercial sewing kits can be purchased for children to sew over. (A needle threader is useful)

  • Or a simple design can be drawn onto an open weave, stiff fabric.

  • Children work one colour of the design at a time

 

N.B. Ensure children don't pull the thread too tightly.

Make a patch work pot mitt.

  • Cut 4 identical strips of fabric 20 cm by 7 cm

  • Cut one square 20 cm x 20 cm

  • Cut 2 or 3 pieces of wadding 18 cm x 18 cm

  • Stitch 4 strips together (long ways) using a seam of 1 cm

  • Place right sides together, pin them together and stitch around three sides

  • Insert flat layers of wadding into the pouch shape

  • Pin the top together

  • Sew along the outside either by hand or machine

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