Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Valentine's Hand Sewing
I worked with the older girls (ages 10 and 12) and one of their friends, this weekend, on a simple Valentine's sewing project from Holiday Crafts and Creations. The site offers a free printable template for felt heart bookmarks like those above (I thought it was a little big, and eyeballed the pattern instead).
To keep things simple, I cut out the felt pieces ahead of time...
...a laid them out with needles, embroidery floss, and paper clips for each girl.
Then, we sat down with the computer in front of us, to show the girls what we were making, and so we could follow the step-by-step instructions together.
It's an excellent tutorial with instructions for the backstitch, running stitch, and French knot (it was the first time I've been able to master that one). The length of the project is perfect for the 10-12 year old crowd...
...and as a bonus, the bookmarks are beautiful, and just the right size for slipping into a Valentine's Day card, or mailing off to cross-country friends.
It's great to be a homeschooler.