Friday, July 22, 2016

Sewing Quest # 5 - pillowcases

Now that you have some basic sewing skills down - try a pillowcase!
If you get good at them, feel free to give them to cancer!

Here is the tutorial!

http://www.madeeveryday.com/2008/07/tutorial-conkerr-cancer-pillowcases.html

Your parents might need to cut the fabric for you!

Remember to sew it wrong side out!  (This means that the fabric that will show on the outside of the pillowcase when it's on the pillow is inside and the inside portion of the fabric is outside - you will sew it this way and then flip it right side out when you are done!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sewing Quest # 4 - Felt cookies

Today we are going to learn how to do a blanket stitch!  We begin by heading over to The Happy Housewife where we will be looking at the felt cookie tutorial.

http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/how-to-make-felt-cookies/

– Sewing Needle
-Scissors
– Something to Mark Pattern (I use a Sharpie, because I just like Sharpies)
– Round Pattern for Cookie (I traced around a drinking glass onto some thick cardstock.  You can also make other shapes.  My daughter is a big fan of the heart shaped cookies I’ve made for her.)
– Two pieces of felt (One color for the cookie and one color for the frosting)
– Embroidery Floss


Here is a great tutorial for how to do a blanket stitch for your felt!

http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/2007/09/tutorial-hand-sew-felt.aspx

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sewing Quest #3 - Button Birds

For today's challenge we are going to head on over to freekidscraft.com and play with their button birds!  We are actually modifying this design a little - we are sewing the buttons on instead of gluing them on.

Supplies

Buttons
Scrapbook paper  /felt
Glue
sewing needles and thread
Thin black sharpie/pen

Instructions

Start by sewing buttons to a piece of card stock paper. (We sewed ours onto felt pieces as it was easier!)
Then add some eyes, legs, feathers, etc with the sharpie!
Cut out little beaks and wings from scrapbook paper then glue them to the buttons.
These make adorable little cards…add some music notes between them like they’re chirping!


we arranged our buttons first and then sketched out a tree for them to be on
closer look at one of our birds - we glued on a googly eye and a beak..
another tree and a swarm of birds
For extra practice in sewing we first used a sharpie marker to mark our feet and then stitched them on.
our supplies..  button thread, buttons, iron-on clouds (we had them lying around), felt, fabric markers

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sewing Quest #2 - Cross stitch

If you have access to a cross stitch kit - grab it!  Try a simple one to begin with, the larger the stitches and the smaller the design the easier for younger children.  Plan the kit to match the attention of the child.

Here is a great website to learn how to cross stitch!

http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/learn-how-to-cross-stitch.html

If you do not have a cross stitch kit handy, you can make a card and cross stitch (with embroidery thread) onto graph paper.  Feel free to draw your design onto the graph paper first!


Here is a link to an embroidery index for stitches
http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/basic-embroidery-stitches.html


You can also feel free to do the embroidery on plastic canvas!
http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/free-printable-plastic-canvas-patterns.html

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sewing Quest # 1 - sewing cards

For this first sewing quest you will need to head over to kidsactivitesblog and print their summer sewing cards!

Try cross hatching, running stitch and edging each of the cards for some great practice.
To make your sewing cards you will need
– download the set of three sewing cards here
– a printer and some 200/220gm white card
– hole punch (or just push an empty pen or sharp object through the holes if you don’t have a punch)
– wool
– blunt needle
Tip: For younger kids make the holes a little bigger and you can capture some wool inside a small piece of pipe cleaner and bend it to form a “needle.” Super safe! or if you don’t have either then just wrap the threading end of the wool with a little sellotable (clear adhesive tape).
Tie a big knot at one end of the wool or use a button as a stopper.
Please always keep an eye on your little ones as they sew, even with a blunt needle.
If you don't have a printer (or a color one!)  try a variation of this idea using leaves that you can find outside!  http://www.freshlyplanted.com/2013/11/sticks-leaves-sewing-practice.html
How to thread a needle and tie a knot:
http://www.wikihow.com/Thread-a-Needle-and-Tie-a-Knot

How to running stitch:
http://www.instructables.com/id/sewing-how-to-running-stitch/


As you can see, after printing the cards on paper - I glued them onto cardstock (cardboard).  We are using embroidery thread (we had it lying around) and plastic needles with large eye holes.