Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - Project #3

Project #3 - Hand Sewn Felt Heart Ornament


Here is our first hand sewn project. You will need 2 different colors of felt and either cookie cutters or card stock for patterns.

We will be using cookie cutters for our patterns. I traced the heart shape onto paper and cut around it adding a generous 1/4", traced that onto card stock and created the larger heart in that manner.




Materials needed:
2 Large Heart Shapes
1 Smaller Heart Shape
7" of 1/8" or 1/4" Ribbon
Embroidery Floss or Pearl Cotton and Needle
Needle and Thread



Trace the pattern - cut 2 large and 1 smaller heart shape








Fold the ribbon in half and tie in a knot






Pin to the back of the large front heart






Tack in place using needle and thread (I have used white so you can see it)






Place the smaller heart in the middle of the front heart and pin in place






Using the embroidery floss or pearl cotton, begin with the knot in the back and hand sew the 2 hearts together approximately 1/4" from the outer edge of the small heart






Knot in the back






Place the back and front together (wrong sides together) and pin or clip in place - begin with the knot in between the hearts







Hand sew the large hearts together approximately 1/4" from the outer edge






Be sure to catch the ribbon with the needle (you might want to do this a couple of times)





Once you have sewn completely around the heart, knot in between the hearts 





Slide the needle to the left side of the heart catching both sides to help hide the knot





Thank you for joining us - stay tuned for more projects!




Lavonna ZWB

Monday, July 10, 2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - Project #2

Project #2 - Pincushion



For our second kid's project, we are going to make a simple 4 patch pincushion.

Materials needed:
1 - 4 1/2" square
4 - 2 1/2" squares
OR 3 - 5" charm squares *(which will be shown in the instructions)
2 buttons
Polyester stuffing
Embroidery floss or pearl cotton and Needle
Needle and thread

*For this project we will be selecting 3 5" charm squares and trimming them down to size for our needs. It can also be made out of the sized squares that are listed above, but the following instructions will use charm squares.



Select 2 charm squares for the top and 1 for the bottom





Cut the 2 squares in half so they measure 2 1/2" x 5"






Trim 1 to 4 1/2" square






Sew the 2 rectangles together length-wise using a 1/4" seam and iron them open







Cut the 2 rectangles in half creating 2 "2 patches" measuring 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"







Flip one 2 patch - put right sides together alternating colors






Sew together using a 1/4" seam and iron them open







Put together the 4 patch and backing, right sides together





With a pencil, mark 1 1/2" opening on one side






Beginning at the bottom marking, sew around to the next marking with a  1/4" seam






Trim the corners






Turn right side out and stuff with polyester stuffing






Hand sew the opening closed with needle and thread







Using embroidery floss or pearl cotton, sew the buttons in the center (one on top, one on the bottom)







Thank you for joining us!




Join us again for the next project!


Lavonna ZWB

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Teaching Kids to Sew - Project #1

Project #1 - Tissue Holder


I will begin teaching a couple of kids how to sew this week at my Quilters and Crafters meeting at the Church and I have decided to share the projects we will be working on here on my blog with complete instructions and photos for us to reference as I teach them. Feel free to sew along!

We are going to start with a simple Tissue Holder using the tissues you can find at the dollar store (8 for $1). I am sewing in orange thread to help for you to see the sewing examples. I have green thread in the bobbin for the same reason.



Begin with 2 pieces of fabric measuring 6" x 7"



Place the right sides together - pin together to keep them from slipping



Mark with a pencil a 2" opening along the middle of one side



Beginning at the bottom marking, sew around all sides with a 1/4" seam leaving the 2" open on the side to turn




Trim the corners




Turn right side out and iron - don't forget to fold in the opening 1/4" and iron




Topstitch, zigzag, or use a decorative stitch across both the top and bottom edges



Mark the center of the sides with a pin



Fold the top and bottom, right sides together to the center and pin or clip in place



Sew 1/4" seam along both sides 




After sewing one seam, turn the project over and zigzag the edge of the seam for extra stability



Turn right side out



Fill with Tissues


I will post pictures as we begin working on our sewing projects. Hope you find these ideas helpful and fun!

Lavonna ZWB