How to make an easy learn to sew kit for young kids. These needles are safe and easy for them to use with burlap in a plastic embroidery hoop.
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When we attended church on Christmas, they offered embroidery hoops with plastic needles for the kids to “sew” with during service. It was such a neat idea and I decided to replicate it at home. My son, 5, loves to sew and it was the perfect item to keep him entertained in the car or while watching television. It is fun to have him sew next to me while I hand sew.
The best part is that this is reusable. We remove the stitches and let them start over once they’re done. I made two, one for each of my boys. They both have fun with it. Note that we do supervise the boys when they use this toy.
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- Embroidery thread or yarn
- Children’s Plastic Needles
- Serger to finish edges of burlap (or alternatively, just let it fray or use fray check)
- Embroidery Hoops: I went with some plastic ones that I had hanging around and I like that they come in so many pretty colors. Plus they’ll likely be more durable and less likely to break/splinter with rough kids.
Start out by cutting your burlap larger than your hoops.
Ideally, you should finish the edges of the burlap. You may be able to get away with not doing it, but I would worry about fraying, depending on the durability of the burlap you use. My burlap was reallllllly fraying a lot so I serged the edges.
Once done, you can place your burlap in the hoop and tighten it all.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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