Embroidery with kids

That is Sophia’s first attempt at embroidery. She calls it “Pink Star”.

Sophia has always shown an interest in my crafting and sewing and has recently begun to ask me if she could do some sewing herself. At 4.5 she’s not quite at the stage where I’m willing to let her loose with a needle and flimsy fabric, let alone a sewing machine, but she managed a large embroidery needle and some muslin really well.

There were some near misses for her fingers as the needle got poked energetically through from the back of the fabric but all in all she did well and, mercifully, no band aids were required.

Using an embroidery hoop is a fantastic way for kids to control the fabric they’re sewing through. Also, we used the all 6 threads for maximum effect. Another tip, which prevents a lot of frustration (for both you and your kid) is to knot both loose ends of the thread together, creating a continuous circle with the thread, so it doesn’t continually slip out through the eye of the needle.

Happy broidsing! (Yep, that’s a word.)


3 thoughts on “Embroidery with kids

  1. love it. I too have a 4 year old and she loves to craft – almost to a fault…I prolly should consider locking my supplies up.

    I had her do the same project as your little one a few months ago – i was inspired by a plastic needle i cam across int he local craft stoe -it’s fantastic. big and bendy with a pointy side and the eye is big enough to challenge them to actually thread it themselves… it was awesome.

    i love sophie’s title. adorable.

    • Oooh, that needle sounds fantastic. Just the thing for avoiding pricked fingers which may put her off for life. I’m going to keep an eye out for one. Thanks so much for your comment.

  2. I love it when parents are not afraid to let their children play with sharp objects (needles). A century ago, small children were taught embroidery and darning, as part of growing up.

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