Monday, February 4, 2013

Lacing Heart Valentines

Abe's been watching me sew a lot lately, and naturally he wants to try sewing too. When I was a kid, my grandma always had sewing cards for us to play with, so I decided to try making some simple ones for my little guy.

I simply cut out a heart shape from regular paper and traced it on chipboard, cut out the hearts, and punched holes around the edges. 

Then I gave Abe a blunt yarn needle tied to a length of yarn and let him sew to his heart's content. He loved it! The green one above was the first one he finished. Now I know how to entertain him while I'm hand-stitching felt fruit...

I figured we could also send these out as Valentine cards. I wrote "Happy Valentine's Day" on this one before he started sewing...or poking the needle into the couch. 

It's so much fun to watch him sew! And yes, this is what I get when I ask him to hold up his finished project so I can take a picture. Boys! :-)

So toddlers love lacing cards, but I'm sure older kids (and adults) would enjoy making these too. There's all kinds of stitches to try out!

Anyone else remember doing sewing cards as a kid? Have a child that loves to sew? I'm pretty sure Abe would fire up my sewing machine if I'd let him! Luckily he seems satisfied with lacing beads and sewing cards for now. 

Obviously we haven't been doing much for Valentine's Day around here this year (just waiting for baby sister to arrive), but you can check out our past Valentine's Day projects right here. And since it's happening at the same time and I'll probably miss it, check out our past posts from Mardi Gras here