Printable sewing cards

I was sewing the other day and my three year old really wanted to join in. He’s still a bit young for sharp needles so with this in mind I decided to make him some little sewing cards – both my boys love them.

If you fancy having a go take a peek at the instructions below. Its soooo easy and I think it would make a neat little gift.

How to

To make your sewing cards you will need:

♥ A printer and some card
Lion – print on orange card
Flower – print on pink card
Sun – print on yellow card
♥ Hole punch
♥ Wool
♥ Blunt needle
♥ Button or bead

1) Simply print pdf and cut out. I use pinking shears to cut out the ‘sun’ lacing card out but regular scissors are just fine!

2) Punch holes out (as pictured). I used a 1/8″ circle craft punch but a regular holepunch will work just fine.

3) Give your child a length of wool and a blunt needle and watch them go! If you don’t have a blunt needle to hand you could also use a pipe cleaner bent into the shape of a needle. If you have neither then you can simply wrap sellotape around the end of some wool.

4) I tied a button onto the end of the wool to act as a stopper.

If you have any problems leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.

WARNING: I would recommend you closely supervise your little one – even with a blunt needle.


 

 

68 Comments Leave yours

  1. Thanks you much, we love it :D

  2. Ellen #

    So nice! My daughter will enjoy this… she keeps asking to sew with me, but the options for her are rather limited at the moment. :-)

    Thank you!

  3. Awesome! Thanks for the printable! I saw you at Ohdeedoh and am your newest follower!

  4. Kate #

    Thanks for the lovely comments. Hope to design more soon so will post when I do.

  5. My daughter is sewing on her brand new sun card as I type! Thanks for the cute printables! I’m curious, did you use a smaller hole punch than the regular size? I used a standard punch and the holes are a lot bigger than your cute little ones.

  6. Kate #

    Hi Holly – glad you liked them. Yes I did use a smaller punch. It was a 1/8″ circle craft punch. Hope they worked out ok with a regular hole punch? I got my punch for about five pounds (including postage) from ebay and use it a lot for all sorts of different things.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Long-Reach-punch-Tag-Circle-Hole-1-8-NEW-Single-/330457620158?pt=UK_Crafts_Cardmaking_Scrapbooking_DieCutting_Punches_EH#ht_500wt_947

  7. liz #

    these are great! you could easily sell them! they would fly out in our store! :)

  8. Mary #

    Thank you! These are darling.

  9. Thank you so much! These will be perfect for my 8 y old to occupy herself with after school when mummy is busy sewing.

    I agree that you could/should sell these!

  10. I am a new reader and LOVE this idea/pdf. A good friends young daughter us just beginning with sewing cards. This will make a delightful little gift. Thanks!

  11. Lois #

    If you use shoelaces to do the sewing, or put masking tape at the end of the yarn, you wouldn’t need to use a needle. It also saves frustration when the child pulls the yarn out of the needle.

  12. Lori #

    Thanks so much! My family will love these!

  13. Thank you!!
    I saw you on craft gossip and this is just perfect! My 4 year old wants to sew so I’ve been building a sew box for her and this is the final touch!!!

  14. maryanne #

    My 3 year old niece becomes a big sister on Thursday. this will be a perfect little gift to keep her occupied when she visits her mum and new sibling in hospital. Thank you!!!

  15. Thanks so much for the pdf file, they’re lovely… I’ll use them on a layout

  16. Very cool, my girls are 3 1/2 and will love these. I have been embroidering with them for at least 6 months. I use an embroidering hoop with burlap and a darning needle (very dull). Here is their first ‘real’ sewing project – a cushion they made themselves.

    http://curlybirds.blogspot.com/2010/07/childrens-sewing-project-snuggle.html

  17. Kate #

    Thanks for all your wonderful comments. I’m glad they struck a chord. Love the burlap idea Helen. We’ll have to give that a bash soon.

  18. Such a sweet idea! Thanks for offering a free printable. I featured it here. So clever!

  19. So cute!
    I added your link to my weekly round up over at my blog, Small for Big.
    Have a great weekend!

    http://smallforbig.com/2010/09/modernkidsrockers_toddlertimeouts.html

  20. Aww, those are so cute! I love this idea of a gift set. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking to this.

  21. These are too cute! I linked to this project in my kids’ craft roundup last week!

  22. These are adorable! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve posted a link to them from my blog and I will be using the idea to create some crafts for at my 4yo birthday party.

    http://stormy-teacup.blogspot.com/2010/09/sewing-cards.html

  23. Thanks for these cards, my daughter really enjoyed them and wants to sew some more. Have blogged it here

    http://www.theaccidentalcrafter.com/montessori/learning-to-sew

  24. Nola Hughes #

    What a great idea to have little ones discover the joys of creating something and putting the little heart (love) inside. the girls are just too cute. I hope this will be the first of many years of creativity for them.

  25. Bonna #

    These are really cute. If one has access to a laminator then they will really add to the durability of the cards. Also, some white glue applied to the end of the yarn will make a hard end for them to sew with.Love the button at the end! Thanks for the .pdf file!

  26. Cristina #

    Great project. I just bought a lamitator machine, just thinking of this project.

    A sugestion: insted of a needle, I used adhesive tape at the end of the threat.

    Thanks for the tip.

  27. You are SO creative! Great idea.

  28. These are great! You can also make sewing cards from coloring pages. It’s easy to make them for any season or holiday. Great to help preschoolers learn fine motor skills.

  29. Thank you so much for sharing. I have two little girls and this is the perfect way to introduce them to hand sewing. Much appreciated.

  30. Lorene Gabler #

    Thank you! I’m looking forward to trying this with my 4 year old granddaughter when she visits this week :)

  31. Hi Kate!

    I think I’m a little technologically challenged. I bought coloured card stock for each of the different sewing cards, but since they are all on the same page on the pdf, how do I copy them on singular colours?

    Sheree

  32. Kate #

    Hi Sheree….sorted. Happy sewing!

  33. Thanks for the changed Kate! I will get them printed, cut and punched today! :)

  34. Shannon #

    These are cute! The button or bead on the end is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  35. Sally #

    Thanks for sharing! I love your blog and beautiful photos. This post inspired us to make our own (http://a-little-crafty.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/i-was-inspired-by-these-gorgeous-sewing.html) not nearly as funky looking as yours, but the kids had great fun :)

  36. Katie #

    Thank you! These must be a British thing, because they’re not the easiest to find in the US. Most everywhere I looked they had to be shipped overseas. I was just looking for these yesterday, so it’s wonderfully cosmic that I should see this today. I will be doing this immediately for my 3-year-old daughter.

    • Kate #

      Yay…glad to hear they have come in useful….Kate ^_^

  37. Very cute and perfect ideas. It’s something you can do with your kids that doesn’t cost much. Unfortunately little things like these are no longer exist in parenting in today fast pace society.

    • Kate #

      Thanks Kelvin…I agree. Childhood has been well and truly commercialised!

  38. Amanda Salcido #

    Could you please send me the pdf for these sewing cards? I can’t seem to find it on the site at all. Thank you for your help.

    • Kate #

      Hi Amanda. The pdf’s are accessible from the post. They are in the how-to section…highlighted in yellow ^_^

  39. Alice #

    You could also use shoe strings :)

  40. Cheri #

    Just found your site. You have wonderful designs and colors for these lacing cards. My mother has dementia and these are cute but not too infantile for her. Anything to keep her stimulated will be a great activity for her to try. Thank you!

    • Kate #

      Hi Cheri, thanks for the comment. So sorry to hear about your Mum…that must be really tough. Glad the sewing cards are helpful.
      Kate x

  41. Thanks for the post! My child has received a lot of positive emotions, thanks to your ideas! We look forward to your blog updates!

  42. megan #

    thanks! My 3-yr old will love this!

  43. meg #

    I am thinking of doing this with my year 1/2 class for art and craft. They are kids that range from 6 to 8 years old and there are 22 of them in my class. Some of them really want to learn to sew.
    Do you think I could teach a class at one time?
    Any hints, tips, comments?
    Cheers, Meg.

    • Kate #

      Hi Meg,

      I have no experience of teaching large groups of kids. My only thoughts would be to get them to design their own sewing card….you can really simplify it and just use cardboard (from cereal boxes) and a holepunch. It doesn’t need to look fancy…

      You can buy blunt darning needles also.

      Check out Helens blog (http://curlybirds.typepad.com/)…she had loads of ideas for sewing with little ones ^_^

  44. Mindy #

    Hi, these are so cute! I’m having trouble finding the pdf, however… am I missing something? Granted, I’m looking at this while watching my two little ones… lol Thanks!!

    Mindy

    • Kate #

      Hi Mindy,

      They are in the how-to section above – highlighted in yellow. Just click on the links and the pdf should open ^_^

  45. Stacy #

    Wonderful “pre-sewing” activity! I printed, cut, laminated, punched and now they are ready for action!

    • Kate #

      Yay! Happy sewing to your little one/s

  46. Sarah #

    This is great! I’m definitely making a few for my little sister. Have you thought or tried using some of those foam sheets from the craft store? I’m just thinking they would last longer without worring about ripping if they are a bit more rough. Just that added durability. And just a bit softer for those little hands. ^_^

  47. I second on the shoe strings. It works

  48. Cindy #

    Thanks so much! They are just adorable! My grandaughter will love them!

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  52. These are adorable! My kids are going to love them. Thanks!

  53. Angela #

    My son is learning his numbers also so I added a step and on the back I numbered the hole and had him go in order. :) Would love to have one to print with 26 holes for the ABCs ;)

  54. Salut la compagnie,

  55. So cute! I totally want to get my daughter into sewing and now at the age of 5, I think she’ll actually have the patience to do so. Thanks so much for the printables!

  56. Je suis jeune de trente-neuf piges , et j’assume totalement .
    Creissant à votre service
    Je suis une restauratrice d’oeuvre d’art . Mon caractère est plutôt enjoué.

  57. Haha my baby surfed to this site by herself :D

  58. Thank you very much !
    I stitch a lot, and my twins (4 years old) want to do the same … so this cards are a really good idea !

  59. Nguyen Huong Giang #

    Thanks a lot. The cards are so cute.

  60. michelle #

    I loved these! Thank you. But tell me, how should i continue. My girls are 9 and 7. we’ve done a little sewing off and on, but i want to do something more continuous with them. They love sewing. What should i do next with them. I’m trying to progress.

  61. Sabina #

    Thank you. Wonderful idea. It also means I can take off and extend it into different themes my grandchildren like.

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