We were very snowed in Wednesday (pictures coming tomorrow – when we are due for EVEN MORE SNOW). To stave off cabin fever I agreed to help Emma and Johnny sew something. They’ve been asking for a while, but I put it off until a quiet Lily nap at home since they wanted to sew with real (a.k.a. sharp) needles. With Valentine’s Day on the way (and with it being Emma’s favorite holiday), we decided to make some Valentine hearts out of felt.
I cut out the hearts, and they stitched them together with a basic running stitch. Emma was able to do this mostly correctly on her own; Johnny had some very innovative stitch placement! One nice thing about sewing with felt: you can frequently undo stitches by pulling the needle back through the felt! It’s also one of the easiest fabrics to put a stitch through.
Then we added stuffing – Johnny stuffed his heart, then got a bit hyper and started throwing the “snow flowers” all around the living room. Emma sewed her heart shut without stuffing it first (while I was dealing with the “snow flowers shower”, so we had to pull out a few stitches.
Then they celebrated having their brand-new hearts! Johnny was too excited to stand still for a picture! They played hide and seek with their hearts, and when Lily woke up from her nap, Emma made a third heart so all three kids could have their own hearts. Now they are planning their next sewing projects – including a T-rex for Johnny. That one might be a bit more challenging…