Now that we’ve gotten all the essential tools and created sewing kits for my littles, it’s time for a simple project! Learning hand sewing techniques is a simple way to introduce children to the world of sewing, without overwhelming them with the sewing machine (although, mine are itching to start using one). Cross stitch done on the gingham allows them to learn how to handle their needle and thread with a manageable surface. Depending on the size of the gingham print you choose, you can make it harder or easier. My 3 children did amazingly well with this project and really enjoyed learning this simple hand sewing skill.
Supplies + Materials
- Gingham Fabric
- Embroidery Floss
- Small Embroidery Hoop
- Hand Sewing Needles
- Thread Snips or Scissors
- Graph Paper (optional)
- Cut the gingham fabric into squares, slightly larger than your embroidery hoop. We used 4.5″ hoops + our fabric squares were 6″. Secure the gingham fabric in the embroidery hoop.
- Thread a needle with embroidery floss + tie a knot at the end. Depending on the age of the child they may be able to do this on their own, with the help of a needle threader.
- Draw a simple cross stitch pattern using graph paper, we chose a heart.
- Start needle on the back side of the fabric, in one corner of a gingham square + pull through to the top. Create one half of the X by going back down through the corner diagonal from where your needle was. Continue same step to create the other half of the X.
- Continue stitching Xs + following the pattern, until you have completed. Secure thread with a knot on the back side of the fabric.
I was expecting a big tangled mess and lots of poked fingers, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly they picked it up. I made a comment along the lines of “WOW! You guys are doing such a great job. I was expecting you to need more help!”, to which my middle little replied “Well, sewing does run in our blood ya know!”. His response melted my heart and made me one proud mama!
You can do a number of things with their finished cross stitch … frame them, turn them into bookmarks or tuck them into a small sewing sample book are just a few ideas. We are going to put theirs into sample books and add to the books as they learn new skills.
I hope this inspires you to start sewing with the littles in your life! You can find other posts in our Sewing With Kids series here …