STOP! Before you put those Christmas cards into the recycling bin – okay, I admit, it’s probably still a few days until you do that, right? – anyway, before you do, I suggest you save your favourites to make a set of simple sewing cards! Great for preschoolers and children in the early school years, these cards become a great busy bag filler or quiet play activity.
How to Make Sewing Cards from Recycled Christmas Cards
I predominantly choose cards with a single bold image that are easy to stitch around. Cut free form around the shape. To make them a little more sturdy you can cover the back of each card with clear self-adhesive book covering or laminate them.
Use a hole punch or a large wool needle to pierce holes around the edge of each card. For younger children, fewer large holes with a punch work best. Smaller holes are fine for older children but they will then need a wool needle for the stitching stage.
Cut a piece of wool/yarn or embroidery thread long enough to stitch all the way around the card. Tape one end to the back of a sewing card. For younger children, prepare the other end of the wool by wrapping a small piece of tape around the tip to stop it from fraying. For older children, thread the wool onto a large, blunt tipped needle.
Show your child how to form a running stitch – threading over and under, and reminding them to pull the wool until it is taut each time.
Once they have mastered the running stitch you might also suggest they try a threaded running stitch as well!
Stitching is wonderful for developing fine motor skills and hand:eye co-ordination, and the finished sewing cards are rather sweet. You could even add an extra loop of thread and hang them on your tree!
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