Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nature Girl Sews and A Quick Tutorial

That's right, Nature Girl sews! She completed her first sewing project while we were on vacation. She insists this is her second sewing project since she helped me stitch on one of my projects a few months ago. So call it a first or call it a second sewing project, either way we were both proud of the finished project! She sewed this bookmark with a little assistance. She did very well and quickly picked up the running stitch. I love the wobbliness of the stitches and I am so proud of my little crafter!

Here's her finished bookmark in a book. Now we're looking forward to trying a few more sewing projects this summer. I discovered a site called Kids Sewing Projects. It has some great projects for kids who are beginning to sew. Try some of the projects at Kids Sewing Projects or try our tutorial for the felt bookmark. Happy sewing!

Felt Bookmark Tutorial:
12 inches of ribbon
felt(cut two flower shapes and two shapes for the bottom)
safety pins
embroidery thread
Place the ribbon between the two felt flowers. Pin in place with safety pins. Sew around the flower using a running stitch. Make sure to stitch through the ribbon so it will stay in place. Then sew your pieces to the bottom of your ribbon. Again make sure you stitch through the ribbon. I did two sets of leaves on the bottom of this bookmark but you can sew just one set on the bottom.

We sewed flower bookmarks this time. We want to try this again and make a felt bird bookmark as a gift for a friend.
Edited: Nature Girl's bookmark project is now on Kids Sewing Projects. You can see it here.


Nancy said...

Good Job Nature Girl!! What a great bookmark. My granddaughter is 6. I think she would like to make one of these. She likes to read and this would be a nice bookmark.

Pattie said...

Wow - way to go, Nature Girl! You did a fabulous job!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Excellent job Nature Girl!!! Great idea Jill for a first sewing project - pretty, quick, and practical.

Barb said...

I taught a kids sewing camp a couple of years ago. We did an octopus. It's basically 4 tubes sewn & stuffed that make up the whole thing ~ wrap a rubber band around its neck to make the head and add some googly eyes. Pretty easy and fun and turns out really cute.

jovaliquilts said...

Yay, Nature Girl! What a great bookmark! I can't wait to see what you'll stitch up next. :)

My girls used to make bookmarks and placemats with stickers on them, and we'd cover them with clear contact paper. We still have them and I love using those bookmarks.

val said...

What a great project! It looks wonderful. She did a beautiful job!

susan said...

arg! that is so sweet! i love nature girls bookmark. what a great job, i cant believe she hasnt sewn before!! and how cool is that she is on a blog!

Melissa Goodsell said...

That is so cute Nature Girl. You've done some really beautiful work there.
A great tutorial too!