It’s always fun to add a seasonal twist to the activities we do with children, and these sewing cards for preschoolers can be easily adapted to any holiday, interest, or season.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so we stitched a heart shape, but consider a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day, pine tree for Christmas, or a fish in the middle of summer.
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Benefits of sewing cards for preschoolers
- Develop hand-eye coordination
- Learn the basics of sewing
- Practice fine motor skills
There are lots of reasons to try this activity. You might have a child, like mine, who loves to dive into mom’s sewing stash or you might want to help your child develop fine motor skills. Whatever the reason, your child should have fun with this sewing cards activity. If you get started and it proves more frustrating than fun, put this aside for a couple weeks or months, and then try again.
Sewing Cards for Preschoolers Supplies
- chipboard box
- scissors or paper cutter
- embroidery floss like this
- tapestry needle or plastic needle
- Cut a rectangle shape from the chipboard box. The piece in the photo is about 6″ x 9″.
- Poke holes into the chipboard with the needle.
- Thread the needle with embroidery floss. Encourage your child to choose the color/s. For inexperienced sewers you’ll want to double-thread the needle by making a double-length of floss and then tie the two ends together at the end. This will keep the thread from slipping out of the needle eye while stitching.
- Show your child how to push the needle up through one hole, and then back down through the next. Pull the needle taught each time it goes through a hole.
- Tie the end off and cut the extra thread after you reach the last hole.
After they stitched all the way around the hearts, my kids added some embellishments with markers, glue, sequins, and rhinestones. This should be fun, so let them go wild and see what they come up with.
More Sewing Projects and Ideas
Even Toddlers Can Sew: A great intro to sewing project
Machine Sewing with a Preschooler
How did you teach your children to sew? Thoughts from our Facebook page.
A 5-star, affordable entry-level sewing machine via Amazon
This Pinterest Board of sewing projects for kids
I adore these, so simple, yet so fab
Thank you so much, Jen. I adore simplicity. Life is too hectic otherwise 😉
LOVE these! Such a cute idea and great for working on grasping, coordination, and bilateral skills! Just pinned it! 🙂
Thank you, Claire! It really seemed to help my 3-year old focus, and I was amazed at her ability to stick with this to the end.
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