We did these simple little pumpkin embroidery hoops for an activity at Abi’s birthday party. This one is Abi’s finished one and the second in the last picture is Annie’s…you can see the difference a couple of years makes in the result, but I have to say I love both.
It was relatively straightforward and I made it easier on myself by having all the hoops pre-prepared…the felt in position and glued onto the rim of the hoop (see here for more details on how I did this), I had sewed the eyes in place, threaded a needle and knotted it into its starting position.
This was because I had 14 girls at the party…if you’re doing this with one or two, sewing the buttons and threading the needle is an invaluable part of the lesson!
I also tied a green (stalk) ribbon from the top to allow them to hang it when they got home.
*As I didn’t know how much sewing experience the girls had, we kept it very simple…needle up/needle down and we created a zigzag mouth slowly together.
*I had cut out some triangle of black felt if any wanted to create their own wee nose, which a lot of them did. Those that were more confident added eye brows and even warts!
There were quite a few who had never down any sewing before and loved having something they had made to take home and they were so proud of what they had done. After a naming session for their pumpkin hoops and a few games and a movie we were done. Literally!
But loved this simple wee craft…would definitely do it again!
For more embroidery hoop ideas check out this and this. Also, we’re on a bit of a hoop fest and have a post coming next week…teaching your wee ones how to thread a needle, sew a button and a running stitch and they’ll have a lovely little hoop at the end!