Teach kids to sew a line by hand using burlap and yarn for an easy first lesson in embroidery. Learning how to sew a basic running stitch develops the fine motor muscles of the hand for writing, and more detailed handwork projects.
When I was a child one of my favorite activities was sewing on burlap with yarn. I loved to practice my embroidery stitches while making pictures. I have enjoyed showing my daughter the basics of sewing and seeing her love of embroidery growing.
This was the first time my daughter sewed a line. I was shocked at how well she did and how much she liked it! Starting her homeschool sewing lessons with this simple burlap and yarn lesson seems to have worked well for her so far!
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Teach Kids to Sew a Line by Hand
This is the second article in the Teach Kids to Sew Series. For a first lesson in sewing for young children check out Teach Kids to Sew Using Burlap and Yarn.
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Teach Kids to Sew a Line by Hand: Materials
- Cotton Yarn or Embroidery Thread
- Darning needle or plastic needle
- Embroidery Hoop (You might be able to find these second-hand. We inherited ours from great grandma.)
- Embroidery Scissors
- Needle Threader (optional)
- Highlighter Pen
Teach Kids to Sew a Line by Hand: Set Up
1. Cut out a square of burlap slightly larger than the embroidery hoop.
2. Place the burlap square into the embroidery hoop. (The one below is a little short on the bottom, but I made it work.)
3. Cut a section of yarn or embroidery thread about twice as long as your child’s arm. Too long will be difficult for them to pull through. Too short will not be enough to sew more than a stitch or two. I always allow my daughter to select the color she wants to work with so she feels like she’s a part of the decision making process. For this project she choose a pink and orange variegated cotton yarn.
4. Show your child how to thread the needle by placing the yarn through the big eye. It helps to moisten the yarn first. You can show them how to use a needle threader if you prefer. Like sewing, this is excellent fine motor practice.
5. Tie a double or triple square knot at the end of the length of yarn to make sure it doesn’t pull through the burlap. Normally the end closest to the eye of the needle is pulled through and left loose. You can tie a small knot that will easily pull through the burlap if you think it will make it easier for your child to keep it on the needle. You can cut it off when finished.
6. Use a marker pen to draw a line from one side of the embroidery hoop to the other. I let my daughter select the color we used and of course she choose pink… again. Not the greatest for seeing her line but it still worked great.
Teach Kids to Sew a Line by Hand: Present the Activity
Kids learn best by imitating others. Before you hand the needle and thread over to your child, it is best if you show them how to sew a running stitch by sewing a line yourself. Having two embroidery hoops makes this easier but is not mandatory. It’s just as easy to have another piece of burlap standing by.
Teach Kids to Sew a Line by Hand: Directions
1. Insert needle through the back of burlap in the embroidery hoop.
2. Pull through until the knot catches.
3. Insert the needle near where it came out along the same marked line.
4. Turn over the embroidery hoop and once again pull the yarn all the way through until it catches. Be careful to not pull too hard or the yarn will slip out of the needle. (Unless you have tied a small knot to prevent this.)
5. Insert the needle into the back of the burlap along the same line near where the needle came out. Pull it through to the front. It will be more of a challenge for kids to continue to sew a running stitch on this side because the line is not marked. This will help them learn how to sew a line once it is no longer marked.
6. Repeat until you get to the other side of the embroidery hoop. Tie it off in the back and draw another line to start again if your child would like to continue sewing.
Have your child sew a running stich without a marked line to guide them when they are ready. Allow your child to practice sewing a line a few times before trying to complete more advanced sewing projects.
Learning to sew is an important home life skill. Teach kids to sew a line by hand for a simple beginning lesson in embroidery for kids. Learning the running stitch is an easy homeschool learning project for the development of the fine motor muscles in the hand.
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