Sewing cards are a great way to get little ones started on the fundamentals of needlework. It’s also a fun way to pass the time for a child home sick from school suffering from boredom. These are also great for traveling, keep them stored in a box or plastic zipper bag.
You can make your own shapes, buy big sheets of craft foam and cut out simple squares, or purchase precut foam from the craft store. Embroidery thread works great, but yarn will work too. Child sized sewing needles are available at discount department stores such as WalMart, and at all craft supply stores.
To make these, once you have your foam shapes picked out, create connect-the-dot designs with a toothpick.
Use a child safe sewing needle threaded with embroidery floss to create designs. You can also use markers to decorate!
Craft Foam Sewing Cards
- Craft foam shapes
- Child safe sewing needle
- Embroidery thread
- Colored markers
- Use the child safe sewing needle or toothpick to poke holes in the foam pieces creating a design for your child to sew.
- Thread the needle with embroidery thread and sew designs.
- Use colorful markers to accent your designs!
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Anne Florence says
Thank you so much for this posting.
I have been looking for sewing cards like I had for my daughter almost 40 years ago. I used to save them for when we went to church. It was a quiet activity that kept her occupied much of the time.
I can’t wait to make some of these to take to church now with my granddaughter.
I wish I could give it 5 stars but for some reason, it will not go past 2.
Amanda Formaro says
It’s a great way to keep someone occupied, that’s for sure! Thanks for sharing, Anne :)
Shirley Guest says
I enjoy your variety for both the children & adults. I do fund raising for cancer concern’s for chldren to help fill their craft cupboards for projects some can do while they are getting chemo etc.
I need your help finding the plastic needles as they cannot have sharp
metal of any kind. In our area I have contacted many stores & most say they no longer carry them or don’t have a resource to be purchased.I am determined to find a solution.
Thank you for your sharing wonderful projects that I may share with the children that are safe, simple and cheap!
I have also put out a SOS to people in our area that no longer sew to check their sewing baskets.
Hi Shirley :) I bought mine at WalMart, but they also have them at JoAnn Fabrics http://www.joann.com/kid-s-plastic-large-eye-needles-2-75-8-pk/zprd_08254591a/ also Amazon sells them http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Sewing-Needles-2-Pkg/dp/B000Y3IOCE
Kristen S- Craft Gossip says
Just posted on CG, I love this idea!!!
This is such a great idea! My daughter is 5 and has been playing around with sewing on plastic mesh, but this would be much easier for her and more fun. Plus I already have all the supplies at home. :) Thank you!
You’re welcome, so glad it was helpful!
Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says
I’m saving all of these great ideas for when we have kids!