Sewing with Kids- Apple Pincushion

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Apple Pin Cushion

Sewing with Kids- Apple Pincushion

I procrastinated teaching Isabella how to sew for about a year. I thought it was going to be a big project. I thought it was going to be tedious, especially since I only know the basics when it comes to sewing. I am learning that this is not the case. It is really rather simple to teach and she really enjoys it. She loves to be able to create things with her hands. It is also helping her build up her fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Today we are sharing a really simple sewing project that will help you start your sewing kit. We are creating an apple pincushion with some felt, a needle and some thread. Let’s get started!

Teaching kids to sew doesn't have to be difficult. Check out this amazing Apple Pincushion to start sewing with your kids.



What you will need:

What to do:

  1. First sketch a pattern on a piece of paper, we drew a small-medium sized circle with a clef at the top.
  2. We also sketched out a stem (a small rectangle) and a leaf (Kind of like a thumbprint)
  3. Then pin the pattern (the sketch) to the felt.
  4. Cut out the pattern from the felt. You need 2 copies a back and front.
  5. Use a large needle-like this
  6. Thread with craft thread
  7. Sew a running stitch around the border Basic Running Stitch teaching kids how to sew an emoji pillow
  8. You are going to want to start at the top.
  9. Add the Stem and Leaf at the top in your first stitch.
  10. The stem and leaf go in between the two layers of your apple shape.
  11. It may be really hard to get through all the layers of felt at first, wiggling the needle to get it through the layers will help.
  12. Leave a piece open so you can stuff the pillow
  13. Stuff with stuffing, cotton balls or extra felt pieces.
  14. Finish your running stitches and knot the end of the thread tightly against your last stitch.

Younger Kids

AJ still enjoys participating in this activity. I mentioned in other posts how we are including him in our sewing activities by using lacing boards. Lacing boards are a great introduction to sewing for younger kids and excellent for their fine motor skills as well.


Have you taught your kids to sew or are you just starting to? Do you have any recommendations for projects or skills you would like to work on? Let us know in the comments. If you have tried this project snap a photo and share it with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using the hashtag- #bloomingbrilliant


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