Of course, we made yummy Oreo turkeys! The kids joked about "eating the whole turkey" all day long.
Thanksgiving Story Bracelets was a big hit. They loved how each bead represented a part of the story and talked about how maybe they could write similar stories for Christmas. I'm hoping they do!
Thanksgiving Feast activity was perfect! I tweaked it a bit to fit my needs.
If a sewing machine is on your child's wish list, I have a few tips on purchasing a machine that will get them started.
Whatever you do, please, please don't purchase a "toy" machine. That will lead to frustration and sadness. I recently saw this one that is "threadless." It reminds me of a story Andria tells about having a sewing machine that used glue instead of thread when she was little. Fun, but ultimately a disappointment.
The main feature that I look for when purchasing machines for kids is a drop-in bobbin. I have found that this makes sewing soooooo much easier for kids.
You know I love the Janome Sew Mini (don't pay more than $50, it often goes on sale at Hancocks!), bur I realize that it's not the ideal machine for everyone. It's a good starter machine, but if your child is older or you would like to sew on it as well, purchase a full-sized machine.
Happy gift giving!
You'll want to make this quick and sweet bunting for the Thanksgiving season. It makes me so happy! This is the perfect addition to your mantle or doorway and can be made with a package of those fall silk leaves that are so easy to find right now and materials you have around the house.
To sew the leaves, I cut little slits in them, however, if you were using a sharp chenille needle, you could sew right through the leaves.
Hanging on our mantle. I am so pleased with this little project and know that it will be a memory maker for our family for years to come.
I am making these as part of a Toddler Sewing Club at my school this week, so I'll be back to show you results from that. Sewing with 2's and 3's is always an adventure!
Before getting started, we read a few Thanksgiving themed books and talked about all the wonderful things big and small that we are thankful for.
The full tutorial for making Thankful Bunting is here. Materials Needed: card stock, crayons, silk leaves, ribbon about 3/8 inch wide, plastic needle, scissors, hole puncher. Before starting, cut your card stock to about 8inch squares. Punch holes along the top of the card stock squares. Next, cut 2 slits into the silk leaves so that you can thread them.
Ok, let's get crafting!
Scrap Fabric Crosses. They will be given to the Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church's pastoral care and passed on to individuals who are in need of some TLC.
Jack-O-Hoops. This project was the only "have to" of the afternoon. I love giving kids the opportunity to make what they want to make. Let the materials inspire!
fat quarter cape and superhero mask were made.
Want in on the fun? We'll be hosting a Christmas Stitch-N-Snack on December 7 at Sew Memphis!
little stuffed pumpkins in Sewing Club and I'm so glad we made them again. They lend themselves to great interpretation and are doable for all skill levels. Click on the link for the tutorial.
At Toddler Sewing Club, we made these adorable Jack-O-Hoops. Modeled after the ones we made last year, I just changed up the materials to make them toddler-friendly.
*Embroidery Hoop - about 8 inches (really, any size is fine, but this is what we used)
*Foam sheets (you can also purchase these individually at craft stores)
*Lacing strings (you could also use yarn here, but I like how the lacings strings make it hard to unthread the needle)
*Green ribbon for "stem"
Do you spot the Jack-O-Hoop in the bottom row? This awesome line-up of pumpkin-themed crafts for kids is featured on ParentMap's online magazine. So excited to be part of this crafty roundup and can't wait to try my hand at a few of them too!