Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kids' First Stitches Display Project

This year's Christmas was a crafty Christmas at our house.  Each of the older kids (5 to 11) asked for different items for crafting.  Lynzie, 11, received some supplies for ribbon embroidery, a book on how to make stuffed animals from the Peter Rabbit series, and a bunch of yarn and Aida cloth for various projects. 

Cainan, 7, really wanted to learn to cross stitch so he got a starter box of needed things for that. Elisha, 8, has been begging me to teach him to sew, so he got a box of sewing supplies and a promise to raid my box of scraps.  I wanted to teach Selah, 5, to stitch a straight line, so we got her a small sewing kit as well.
Here is Selah working on her first stitching project!  I drew lines on a piece of cloth and she stitched along each one of them.  After that, I wrote her name and she stitched over that too!  She has really enjoyed practicing on her little pieces of cloth---the other day she taught herself to sew on a button!
I used the same idea with Elisha.  He stitches like a pro now!

After Elisha finished his first little sampler, he was ready to move on to making a pillow!  This has been a dream of his for most of this last year!  I'll post pictures when he gets all done with it.

My husband, Jamie, bought me this pretty scrapbooking paper for Christmas---it's Victorian themed.  I made this display to show off the kids' hard work and stitched the words, "First Stitches" along the bottom.  You can click on the picture to see it more closely.  I plan on using this paper in several projects this winter and spring, as I transition our home out of Christmas decorations!

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  1. Hello Sarah,
    I love watching youngsters getting excited about learning new skills. The look on their faces when they 'get it right' is so precious. Wishes for lots of happy times stitching with your children.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  2. It is so great to teach your kiddos how to do stitchery, and I'm so glad that crafts in your house are "gender-neutral". And, I'm also glad that your kids aren't asking for the latest and greatest video game. Good job, MOM! Their work is wonderful!

    And PS, please sign me up for the Homemaking Weekend Link-Up.

    Thank you!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker

  3. What a wonderfully crafty family you have. it is so nice to see that. I think Christmas has become too commercialized. Of course giving and receiving gifts is lots of fun, but the more personal and thoughtful ones are the gifts we most remember and cherish.

    eveyinorbit via Love Comment Blog ♥ (6)

  4. How delightful to see children learning to sew! I am a former fabric/quilt store owner and gave sewing lessons a my store during the summer especially for children. How wonderful that you gift them with items to help them to be creative. They did such an outstanding job with their stitching, and love how you displayed their first stitches!

  5. How precious! Thank you for sharing your precious moments with us at SHOW OFF YOUR COTTAGE MONDAY! I hope I'm leaving my message in the right spot as I don't see our linky here.


  6. I'm so glad to have seen your post, Mrs. Sarah, because you've given me ideas on how to start our little four-year-old granddaughter with her sewing. I'm so thankful I know how to embroider, and I want to teach her fancy stitches as she gets older. Thanks for teaching us how to teach them! ~Zuni

  7. What a wonderful thing to see your children learning a new skill! They look so happy and content with it too, which is a good thing. :)

  8. Such a sweet post....it warmed my heart...I will be visiting you more....blessings

  9. Oh how cute..didn't they do a wonderful job with their stitching?!
    Brilliant work!
    I love the way you've framed them, Sarah :-)
    What sweet keepsakes of this special time!
    Thanks for linking to Simply Sweet.
    Many blessings to you..Trish

  10. Hello, Sarah,
    First, I love your music and it makes me feel dreamy (we love Irish and Scottish best). What you are doing with your children to teach them these skills is wonderful to behold. I especially love seeing the photos of them at work. Tell them 'Bravo!'
    And I am so glad you shared :)

  11. I love it that you are teaching your children how to stitch! Your son will be able to sew on a button when he is an adult and hopefully, the girls will never stop their stitching. It is getting quickly to be a lost art!
    ♥ Jil

  12. Beautiful pink!

    My PINK is inviting you to come and see. Have a nice weekend!


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