Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Handcrafts with Kids

I love handcrafts.  There is just something about making by hand that is incredibly fulfilling to me.  

When I was younger I learned how to knit, cross stitch, embroider and sew and I felt so accomplished! 

Unfortunately, sometime in high school I stopped doing all of those things.  After I became pregnant with my oldest, I decided I wanted to knit again, and that led to sewing and other handcrafts.


Now, my oldest is interested in learning all of these skills.  I have been putting her off for a while.  I have no idea how to teach a six year old how to do any of this stuff!  We started small a couple years ago with embroidery.  I gave her a purple plastic hoop, a needle, and some embroidery floss and let her do whatever she wanted.  She eventually got quite good at embroidering little pictures and her name on any fabric I would give her.  We moved onto finger knitting, which she loves as well.

A couple of weeks ago she decided that she wanted to make Sleeping Beauty dress for herself.  She has some amazing ideas and sketches to go with those ideas, but I am not quite ready to let her loose with my sewing machine!  Instead, I let her start much smaller, and with hand-sewing.


She did a wonderful job sewing this cute little pillow.  I thought that it would be the perfect size for the little bed that goes with her doll house.  However, she thought that it was the perfect size for Jack's teddy, and gave him the pillow that she worked so hard to stitch together.  It melted my heart!

How do you teach your kids handcrafts?  How do you encourage their creativity?

5 comments:

  1. That is such a great idea! My son (6 years old) has actually asked to learn how to crochet awhile back. We're big on cooking here and we have a set up that is that special sand that never dries out and the kids can get it out whenever they like. They have access to paper, tape all that good stuff and my son makes things all the time. We do a lot of plants too. He loves plants! And worms, HA! We use a lot of imagination too. I should really teach him the way you taught your daughter, he would love that!

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    1. Worms...yes...my kids LOVE worms :-) When we had chickens they would dig them up to give to the chickens as treats - even though the chickens were quite capable of finding their own worms. I find the creativity at this young age so amazing, and I try as hard as I can to foster it as much as possible...it certainly means a lot more mess in the house, but it is showing them that they can learn anything they want!!

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  2. So cute and I love how generous she was to give it to Jack...that's true love!

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  3. That pillow is so sweet. I'm at a similar place with my girls - entering into the sewing world. Just the other day we tried embroidery hoops for hand sewing and it was so great. My daughter really loves the sewing machine, but I'm not quite sure the best way to teach her on it right now (so that she really gets it). The other one wants to learn how to knit, but I should probably learn how to first!

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    1. If you figure out how to teach your girls to knit, please let me know! I love knitting, but can't figure out how to teach my oldest (6) in a way that she easily understands. Perhaps she just isn't ready yet...

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