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Have some sewing (and weaving) fun with these projects that use
needle and thread. All are simple enough for new sewers while allowing
for creativity for those with good sewing skills.
The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Fabric Mitt Hand Puppets - In this project sew up versatile mitt-shaped fabric hand puppets.
Printable patterns are included for cat and rabbit puppets. Starting
with the basic mitt-shape, use fabric markers, embroidery and a few felt
cutouts to make puppets of your own design.
Stuffed Felt Animals - The project features stuffed felt
animals—a chick and a bunny. Beginning sewers will use the
overcast stitch to assemble the animals, while more
experienced sewers can improvise with stitches and embellishments of their own choosing.
EASY to AVERAGE
- For generations children have been playing with sewing cards. In
this project, see how easy it is to make your own sewing cards out
of cardstock then sew on them with colorful yarn. Adults can take
the sewing cards a step further to make scrapbook and greeting card
Friday Fun - In this craft project learn the British way of making a
yarn octopus. This technique is a disarmingly simple way to
make a cute toy with items found in most people's homes, and it will use up
those leftover scraps of wool (yarn).
Mittens from Sweatpants
- In this project use old sweatpants to make mittens for kids. This is
a great way to recycle the fabric from all those holey and stained
sweatpants (and sweatshirts) that no one can wear anymore. This is a good
project for new sewers.
Friday Fun - See how easy it is to make a little yarn octopus that is the
perfect size, about 5 inches, to hang on your backpack. It also
makes a terrific gift or craft bazaar sale item.
The Game of Achi
Make a felt or paper game board for Achi, a game from Ghana in West
Children play similar games all around the world. Some of the oldest
games are in a group called games of
alignment. Tic-tac-toe is one of the most popular of these games in
the United States, but in Ghana the children play one called Achi.
Handwoven Bookmarks - Make a handwoven bookmark simply and easily while learning the basic
concepts of weaving using a cardboard loom. The bookmark makes a wonderful
gift, or maybe use it as a rug in a doll house. Make the loom in different sizes and sew the fabric
into coin purses, coasters, hot pads—whatever you can imagine!