Finger Knitting and Sewing Like Elves!

One of the components of my “Elves and the Shoemaker” unit is teaching the children to finger knit and sew.   Finger knitting is always a favorite.  The boys love it as much as the girls.   Click here for a video on how to finger knit.

 Because a long piece of yarn will end up so short – making bracelets is the best first step!
 This student wanted to try it on different kinds of yarn and string.  Here he is finger knitting twine.
 Clearly, he couldn’t stop knitting!  He was draped in his good work!
More and more bracelets!
Normally, I introduce hand sewing during my pilgrim unit.  This year we did not have time to get to it.  So I introduced it as a part of the elves unit.  The elves in the story sew the leather of the shoes.  We sing a song of how the needles go “in and out.”
Materials needed:  burlap, blunt needles, white paint pen, yarn.
1.  Cut the burlap into squares (approximately 10 x10 inches).
2.  Write the first initial of each child’s name on the front of the burlap with the paint pen.
3.  Prepare the needles by tying the yarn to the needle and knotting it.

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  1. theworkplan says:

    Love using the Burlap bag with the pen! Wonderful! Creative!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. The children succeed at it and that is very satisfying for them!

  3. Looks like so much fun! I love craftivities!

    Happy Holidays!

    ? Mor Zrihen ?
    A Teacher’s Treasure

  4. Thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well! I love having those calm sweet crafts like sewing so near the holiday crazies!

  5. Oh, I wish my teacher would teach my daughter these skills!

  6. It is so magical to watch children take up the hand sewing and knitting. It never fails to amaze me!

  7. Maura says:

    Do you have the link to the video for finger knitting? I clicked but it says no longer available.

    • Sally says:

      I just linked the video – so it should go straight to the instructions! Thank you for letting me know it had stopped working!


      • Maura says:

        Thanks so much! I think I can teach them how to do it!!

        I was having a memory of another finger knitting technique where the yarn is wrapped around the four fingers and then somehow woven to create something wider??

        But this seems easier!

        So many kids at my school are into the Rainbow Loom but I feel like the finger knitting is nicer and accessible to all!


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