I am a big proponent of teaching old fashioned skills to kids and I love to give gifts that they will be able to be creative with. Recently I asked a little girl I know to help me with some kid art I needed for a styling job – we wanted the real deal, not my approximation of a kid drawing done with my left hand, which bugs my kids to no end when they see such things in magazines. As a thank you, I made her this little embroidery kit. This is also a great party favor – especially if you use the really tiny embroidery hoops – that is fun and cheap.
What you’ll need:
- embroidery hoop
- different hanks of embroidery thread
- a big needle with a big eye (darning or tapestry needles are good, and if the child is really young, you can get a blunt tipped needle and a nice open weave fabric)
- fabric – linen or canvas or muslin work well. Little kids could use burlap and a blunt needle.
- a simple printout of embroidery stitches
- a paper bag, gift box, canvas tote, or little sewing basket
1) Cut fabric to fit the embroidery hoop you are using. There should be a little overhang so it can be pulled nice and taut. If you think it would be fun and/or helpful to the recipient, draw a simple design in pencil on one of the pieces of fabric. That way, they will have something to start and practice on. In this case, I drew the first initial of the little girl and some Xs, so she can try out cross stitch.
3) Package it all up as a gift. I decided to stitch a little recycled grocery bag. I was feeling the itch to stitch with all of these materials before me and it is fun to show kids that you can stitch all sorts of materials – even paper. I cut the front and the back of a bag out, folded the bottom part in to create a little gusset, and did a running stitch up both sides, knotting both ends.