When I was little the seamstress at the cleaners my Mimmie managed would draw shapes, like butterflies and hearts, onto the scrap fabric she would naturally acquire with her work. It gave me something to do with my hands (something that has always been important for me) and I’m sure it kept me out of her hair! I remember stitching those things and being so happy.
Back in those days there was no blunt needle for me, just what she used handed over to me. She’d always thread the needle for me as I had no patience for that, and I didn’t use embroidery floss but the regular thread she used to hem up denim and whatnot but I still had a blast.
To this day embroidery is something that centers me. It calms me when I’m upset and it keeps me busy during long car rides and the terrible-ness that is doctor’s waiting rooms. I want to encourage a new bunch of kids to enjoy this wonderful little hobby so I’ve made up some stitch cards. Now none of these are overly feminine and that’s for a reason. Boys can get crafty and boys can embroider, too. It’s a great little skill to help with hand eye coordination and I want all children to feel comfortable stitching them.
I think my favorite thing about this is how simple it is for you to get going for the littles. I designed 5 basic shapes (all with cutie patootie faces) and marked where the holes should go. These are 4×6 and high enough quality that you can print them at Walmart or CVS or wherever your heart pleases. Photo paper is a lot more durable than, say, card stock you can print at home. I’ve also started using the photo lab because it’s cheaper than using up my own printer ink at home. And when I send them to Walmart I just run through and grab them when I’m out getting litter or allergy medicine or whatever. The total cost for my cards was less than a buck but you’ll also need a few other items:
For this project you will need:
- thread or yarn
- tapestry or yarn needles
- hole punch (standard or small <– mine is from Recollections at Michael’s)
So this is my tiny extended reach hole/circle punch. I used this to be used with tapestry needles and size 3 crochet thread. This is also a good size to use with regular needles and embroidery floss. A standard hole punch will work better with yarn and a plastic yarn needle. Gauge your child’s skill and age to determine what would work best.
The cards have dots as a guide to help you place your holes evenly. Grab your punch (turn it around and you can see the black dot inside the circle) and your photos and watch an episode of whatever you’re into and it will fly by in no time.
To download these images for use, right click and choose “save image as”. Print at home or wherever you normally have photos printed. These are 4×6.
Test out your needle and thread, to be sure they properly fit before handing over to the kiddos.
Now if you have kids that are very little you can always make a stopper to help the thread from coming through on them. I took some small pieces of wood and drilled a hole in the center but small buttons would work very well.
As you can tell this one is too large but it works for demonstration purposes. It can be a bit difficult to get the string into the last hole to finish when the stopper is in the way. You can also punch another hole right beside the starting one so they finish there instead. When smaller, though, it’s much easier to finish in the same place the thread was started.
This is size 3 crochet thread and I’m using black because it’s inexpensive and works well with the cartoon-y nature of the stitch cards!
The kiddos can stitch up a blue square, yellow star, green circle, orange rectangle and purple triangle!
Fun and skill building :) I hope you’ll use your freebies and if the kids stitch ’em up I’d love to see them! Post to my wall on Facebook or tag @dreamalittlebiggerblog on Instagram so I can enjoy your little’s work!