By Etsy

Reviewed for Middle School, 2012

Sewing is a craft that often gets a sneer and a snub of the nose from pre-teens...but it’s a skill that, when you need it, you really need it. Embroidery, like knitting, is poised to become the next hot craft trend inspired by grandmothers everywhere. Why not get your kid started on the path to sewing mastery with the DIY Geometric Pocket Notebook? Each kit comes with a needle and thread thick enough to be managed by newbies and a notebook with a perforated cover. Your kid can take to the needle and let his imagination run wild creating a repeating pattern design, all the while sharpening — no pun intended — his sewing skills, and even getting his geometry gears turning, too. (Etsy, $20)