Sewing Cards | A Toddler Craft.


Audrey has become very interested in sewing the last little while. I have a feeling it has something to do with the bow ties I made the boys for Easter. She was so impressed with my handiwork and kept asking "mommy, you made those?" I've been wanting to make her some sewing cards and her new found interest was just the push I needed.


Audrey's cards were created from basic supplies and a few of her favorite animal/insect shapes. Since finishing up her sewing card set this morning she's been stitching away, showing me her work as she goes and saying "in, then out" all the while. It's really darling.


To create some sewing cards of your own you'll need to gather a few supplies:
-animal shape template download (I created this using the same shapes in Audrey's cards)
-extra heavy chipboard
-xacto knife
-self healing mat
-1/8-inch circle hole punch
-scissors
-pencil
-twisted mason twine (these colors are amazing!)



Begin by tracing your shapes on to the chipboard.



Then, use your xacto knife to cut around the shapes. Be sure to do this on a self healing mat to prevent scratching your work surface.


Use your pencil to mark where you will be punching holes. Try to space them evenly apart and don't mark them too close to the edge of the chipboard.

Punch your holes.


When your cards are finished and you're ready to start sewing, cut a length of twine and carefully hold each end over a candle flame to melt. This will prevent the twine from fraying and will create a hard end that will be easier for small hands to work with.

29 comments:

  1. those are really awesome. i think my 5 year old would like them too. i love that you are encouraging your daughter to be creative and learn a skill.

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  2. I love your animal shapes. My daughter would love them.

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  3. I just printed out your template - thank you for sharing this.

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  4. We made lacing cards this morning too!! Blogging minds thinking alike! Sweet!

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  5. Beautiful! So crazy too, I was just gathering the supplies to make these for Elliott. Funny!

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  6. I had some of those when I was a girl, not homemade though. You are such a good mommy!

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  7. What a beautiful craft! My 4 year-old was playing with her sewing cards today too, but hers are made of giant, thick foam pieces--not nearly as sweet as yours!

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  8. These are so great! I remember doing these when I was little.. :)

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  9. such a fun idea! thanks danyelle. also, I almost bought that dress for my girls today. darling!

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  10. so cute. thinking I could take a few of those to use as entertainment on a plane ride.

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  11. Love this idea Danyelle. I have a three year old who'd get into these! What a fun mum you are : )

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  12. Love this idea Danyelle. I have a three year old who'd get into these! What a fun mum you are : )

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  13. Hi Danyelle! Would you mind if I include your tutorial and second photo in a round-up post on teaching kids to sew! I love this idea! Lindsay @ CraftFoxes.com.

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  14. I'm going to try it with my kindergarten class. Rainy days ahead!!

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  15. Loving this! Sharing you and your great DIY on my Play to Write-Write to Read series this week!
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  16. I would love to download these for my niece! The file says "unavailable" when I click on it...is there a new link perchance? (I hope!!) :)

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  17. I would love to download these as well, but the templates seem to be unavailable. I hope you don't mind re-posting a working link. These are too cute not to share!

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  18. Same here... my daughter loves manual activities but i can't get the templates... hope they'll be available very soon. thanks for sharing anyway! great job!!!

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  19. I would love to download these as well, but the templates seem to be unavailable. I hope you don't mind re-posting a working link. These are too cute not to share!

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