Felt is an easy fabric to sew, so children will generally find it easy to push and pull the needle through. The bright colours and quick nature of this project make it perfect for kids and each one will make it unique as they choose their colours, thread and accessories. Another fab felt project is to make a basic felt heart garland…check it out here. It is a lovely project when first using a sewing machine and gives kids a very quick and colourful product which I find they need, especially when first learning a skill.
I talked our girls through the process and helped as they needed it…encourage your kids to take their time and make their stitches careful and accurate. Give them a little time to correct any mistakes themselves rather than jumping in to redo it for them, they’ll learn more if they are part of the whole process.
// Lay the small heart on the large one
// Thread the needle (I did this for Madeleine but the older 2 managed this with no problem)
// Sew around the edge of the small heart using a running stitch.
// Lay the heart face down on your surface.
// Loop the ribbon in half and using a couple of stitches, attach it to the heart.
// With the heart still facing down, place the matching piece on top and sew the 2 together around the edge, leaving a gap of about an inch at the end to insert the stuffing.
// Push the stuffing into the heart, making sure you press it right to all the edges to give it a nice, soft feel.
// Continue sewing a running stitch to close the gap. Squeeze the 2 pieces of felt together so it is easier to stitch.
// When the gap is closed, knot the thread and feed the needle through the middle of the heart. Cut the thread close to the felt and squeeze until the thread disappears.
// They’re done…so give some big words of encouragement!!