Teach sewing skills with a simple project with an unbelievably adorable payoff. No need to head to the toy store for her next stuffed animal once she has the skills to create her own! Those store-bought creatures have nothing on your child's imagination anyway.
What You Do:
- Help your child trace the pattern for her creature on the sock. Draw the head, then the body (including the legs), then the arms.
- Let her use scissors to cut out each part. She should end up with four parts total: the head, the body, and two arms.
- Now for the sewing! Show her how to sew the legs and body closed. But make sure you leave the top of the body open. It should look like a pair of leggings when you are done.
- Have her sew the head closed. Leave a large opening at the neck.
- Let your child stuff the body and the arms. It can be as plump and squishy as she wants.
- Have her sew the arms onto the body. It's her creature so she can pick where the arms go.
- Let her cut out an oval of the white fabric or sock. This is her creature's face.
- Help her sew the white fabric onto the head.
- Now have her stuff the head.
- Have her sew the head onto the body.
- For the final touch, let your child use a marker to draw a face on her creature.
She has now created her very own sock stuffed animal! Soon she'll be ready to tackle even harder sewing projects.