When my oldest son was about 3, his Waldorf teacher introduced us to sewing cards. Cardboard, plastic or foam shapes that had holes punched in them to teach little ones to learn the basics of hand sewing. I honestly believe that those cards helped to make my sons more able to handle an embroidery needle as they got older.
One of my closest friends recently expressed that her four year old had little to no exposure to art in the classroom, and that she herself felt less than comfortable teaching him at home. She joked that she would fix my plumbing and paint my house if I could teach her little ones art every week. So began our Tuesday afternoon ritual, where her son, Gabriel, comes to our house to play and create.
I had recently looked into buying a set of sewing cards for my niece, and I was amazed at the expense of something that looked pretty simple to create. Yesterday , as we gathered for our art time with our friend, we decided to give our own cards a try. These may be one of the easier, and more useful projects that you can do with little ones, and the reward is just wonderful
Once the yarn has been chosen, and the card is ready, than the fun of sewing begins. There is a great rhythm to children sewing these cards, and watching their concentration and enjoyment is so much fun
Jacob had a great idea to make a few of these for friends for the holidays, and I can’t think of anything better for them to create.
Hope these bring your little ones the magic of hand sewing.