A family friend of ours gave my daughter two sewing craft kits to make a felt deer and owl plushie. This afternoon we worked on making the deer plushie together. The kits came with material, thread, a needle, stuffing and instruction booklet. I thought the booklet was great as it contained basic tips on how to thread a needle, the different types of hand stitches one can use (running stitch, blanket stitch, whipstitch, backstitch), sewing safety tips and some extension activities and patterns. I only have very basic sewing skills so the booklet was a nice introduction for both of us.
We haven’t done any hand sewing since moving house but this has motivated me to set up a sewing tray for my children and some kind of space for us to sew together. I am still yet to find my sewing box though.
I have been showing my daughter how to do some basic hand sewing for a while now mostly with a straight or running stitch on hessian or cotton material but I have been wanting to show her how to do slightly more complicated stitching techniques using different kinds of fabrics. I think it’s great to learn to hand sew but I think I may try to borrow my mum’s sewing machine and see how we go using that together to make things for our house such as cloth napkins or placemats as well. The trickiest part of using this sewing kit was threading the needle (small needle eye) and tieing a knot at the end. This type of sewing was a great way to practice alligning and stitching multiple pieces of material together. The stitches ideally needed to be small and close to the edge as possible. The rest of the pieces simply needed to be glued on. I wasn’t able to find my hot glue gun which was a pity as I think it would have made sticking the pieces on a little easier. I am still not sure where it got to after our house move. We used craft glue in the end but I am not sure If all the pieces will stay on for long. So this was a sweet little project which has given me lots of ideas now where we can go from here.