It is a holiday tradition to give season cards to friends and loved ones, something your children will have probably learned to make at a very young age. Purchasing already-made cards will not be as fun as teaching them to make their own customized ones, which in return, will multiply the joy of those receiving them. Follow this Beginner Sewing Project to give the Holiday Season a touch of home-made love, and watch your children’s creativity shine!
What you will need:
2 pieces of felt, each one must be twice the size of your card.
Scraps and pieces of felt for decoration
A ribbon, 3 times longer than your pieces of felt.
A bit of cotton (optional)
Step by Step:
1. Cut the 2 pieces of felt, so that they become 2 rectangles of the same size.
2. Lay the ribbon from left to right on one of your rectangle pieces. Cut the sides of the ribbon making sure that there is enough space, about 2 or 3 inches on each side, farther from the borders of the rectangle. That way, the ribbon can be used to tie the card shut.
3. Position the second rectangle on top of the first rectangle, with the ribbons in the middle, and pin it all together, making sure that everything remains as you had positioned it.
4. Now, Attach the borders or edges of both rectangles by stitching them together.
5. With a pencil, draw a line in the middle of the rectangle (now there’s just one), and stitch back and forth from top to bottom, just to mark the middle of the card. (this step is optional).
6. Tie the two sides of the ribbon together by folding the rectangle in half. You now have a beautiful card, ready to be decorated!
Decorating the Card:
With the markers, draw the decorations you wish to add to the card.
You can use the scraps and pieces of felt, as decoration, by filling the drawing or making patterns of flowers, Christmas trees, etc, and gluing them to the cover of the card.
The cotton, for example, can be glued to look like Santa’s beard, or like a cloud.
On the inside, use the permanent markers for drawing and writing the customized messages.
This very simple, but beautiful project, will not only teach your children how to sew, but it will be flexible as the personality of each child, and allow them to bring their own ideas to the table.
As an additional learning exercise, have them choose their favorite Christmas characters and discuss why they like them, and share with them the history of each character. To make it even more fun, they can cut out tiny clothes to put on their characters and glue it!