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Teaching Children How To Embroider

My mother and grandmother were “sewers”, with my mother making all the clothing we wore and my grandmother making quilts.  It was only natural then that I had a desire to learn to sew at a young age.  That interest in sewing has passed down to Denise, my daughter, who also started sewing at a very young age, making doll clothes.

We are wanting to pass that love of sewing down to her children, the 4 year old quadruplets and their big 5 year old brother.  We have designed and made sets of plastic coated sewing cards for them to use with lengths of colored yarns as the “thread”.  They love to sit and “sew” while we are doing our sewing.  You can see all of the sewing card assortments here.

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Today, I just ran across an excellent informational tutorial at FilthWizardry.blogspot.com that shows how to teach children to do hand embroidery using Dollar Store shelf liner.   The particular shelf liner used is a kind of spongy plastic type of material so the holes will stretch somewhat as the child pushes the yarn needles through the openings.  Check out how this is done and what the finished product could look like.

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I believe I need to be making a trip to the Dollar Store and get a roll or two of this shelf liner – I know my 4 year old quadruplet grandbabies and their big 5 year old brother would LOVE to do this kind of sewing!  Thank you soooooo much Kitten Muffin for this outstanding information!  This is one of those “why didn’t I think of this myself” type of thing, and I’m so glad you thought of it for me!!!

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