The kids have always loved helping me with sewing projects, and with all the down time we have while I'm nursing the baby, I thought this would be the perfect time to teach them how to hand stitch. They took to it right away! Within a day Naomi was completing her own projects start to finish, cutting her own fabric, threading needles, tying knots. Her first one was some hearts for Kenji and I, she even signed the fabric when she was done with Mama Papa Naomi and some hearts. So cute!
I asked Henry what he wanted to make and he said "a blue chicken!" I have no idea why, but he had his heart set on it. And surprisingly, he did a really good job! I did have to help him tie the knots and several times he lopped through the wrong side of the fabric so I undid the stitch, but he did everything else. Today they wanted to do more sewing during nap time and spent a couple hours whipping out some projects to give to the grandparents. I just love watching them create!
When I was picking up supplies, I made sure to get a fairly blunt tip needle so the kids wouldn't poke themselves, the size 30 cross stitch needles worked perfectly. They have just enough of a point to get through loosely woven fabrics like canvas and linen, but are rounded and large enough they're good for kids. I foresee lots of sewing in their future!