Hand Sewing Like the Pilgrims

MATERIALS:  To sew with kindergarteners all you need are blunt tipped needles (found in the needlepoint section), burlap fabric, yarn and a marker to write the first initial of the student on the burlap.

I used a paint pen to write the letter in white on the dark brown burlap.  I double threaded the needles and tied a knot.  I started the needle for the children.  The best way I have found to teach hand sewing in a “running stitch” is to explain that it is an AB pattern in which you go up/down/up/down.  When they “go around” it is not up or down.  It is easy to pull out the needle and thread when this happens.

 Here is a finished letter!  It is such an accomplishment to sew your own name!

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  1. Absolutely love this idea…..I have a few little ones who love to sew and are learning their letters….

  2. This was the first introduction of hand sewing in the classroom. It was astonishing to watch how the children picked it up with such ease. It was also interesting to note the few who could not manage the task and reflect on the missing connections. Two students surprised me with their struggle as their fine motor skills were very good. Yet, sewing requires much more tactical tracking. One Waldorf mentor said, “Nimble fingers make a nimble mind.” Something to ponder. . .

  3. cindy says:

    Thanks for sharing! Love your ideas and will be following your post. I am home schooling a 2nd grader, kindergartner and preschooler.

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