I'm heading out to visit Erin and Everett in July, and since Erin and I will be playing a lot while I'm out there I thought I'd try to come up with a few activities for us to do. As I was hopping from blog to blog the other day I came across a blog called Rose Hip that suggested the following book as a good source of crafts for young children just learning to sew. This blogger had a sewing themed birthday party for one of her daughters and each attendee got to take home a cupcake that they made themselves.
I thought it looked like so much fun, so I ordered the book Sewing for Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects to Help Kids Aged 3 and Up Learn to Sew.
It came in the mail the other day, so I looked through the book and decided to start with the felt cupcakes.
The directions were incredibly simple to follow, and I put together this cute cupcake in no time. Plus, the sheets of felt were 4/$1 at Hobby Lobby, and that and the stuffing were the only things I had to buy! I had everything else at home.
I really think that this simple running stitch will be so easy to teach Erin, and since you use an embroidery needle, no worries about little fingers getting pricked.
All you do is sandwich the layers together, stuff with a little pillow stuffing...
put a cherry on top...
and tada!!! A delicious cupcake, perfect for tea parties!
(I might also use mine as a pincushion, although I've got my eye on the cutest ladybug pincushion in the book that I think I'll have to make for myself as well.)
This might also be a good activity for my Knowledge Adventure Camp kids!!! I'll let you know how that goes. :)