Fall leaf lacing is a fun beginning sewing project for kids. Learning to sew is an easy way to develop the fine motor muscles in the hand necessary for writing and more detailed hand work. Using sturdy fall leaves to learn how to sew instead of lacing cards makes this sewing lesson for kids both economical and eco-friendly.
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Fall Leaf Beginning Sewing Lesson for Kids
Fall leaf lacing is a fun an easy way for kids to practice fine motor skills and learn to sew. Developing the fine motor muscles in the hand helps prepare children for writing and other forms of detailed handwork.
Fall Leaf Sewing Materials:
- Sturdy fall leaves. We used magnolia leaves.
- Mod Podge (optional)
- Foam Brush (optional)
- Single hole punch
- Blunt darning needle
- Cotton yarn or embroidery thread
Related: Fall Leaves Watercolor Painting
Fall Leaf Beginning Sewing Project for Kids Step by Step Directions
Step 1 – Mod Podge (optional).
Use a foam brush to paint Mod Podge onto both sides of the leaf you will be using. This will both preserve the leaf and help strengthen it. This is optional – you do not have to do this for the activity to work. We did not preserve these leaves before we used them because we used sturdy Magnolia leaves.
Step 2 – Punch holes in a sturdy fall leaf (We used fall leaves from a magnolia tree).
Use a single hole punch to make a lacing pattern around the edges of the leaves. You can also try punching different designs that you would like to sew. You can see an example of how to punch holes in a sturdy fall leaf in the photo below.
Step 3 – Thread a blunt darning needle with yarn and/or embroidery thread.
- Use yarn in any combo that will fit through your needle.
- Cut a long enough section of yarn to double up and be long enough to lace the leaf.
- Bring the yarn or thread all the way through the needle to meet the other end.
- Tie several knots so that it is too big to pull through the punched hole in the leaf.
Step 4 – Invite children to sew fall leaves – use the autumn leaves like lacing cards.
- If your child has never tried any lacing or sewing activities, demonstrate how to sew first. Young children learn best by watching and imitating others.
Fall leaf lacing is an easy sewing lesson for kids and a fun way for kids to practice fine motor skills. Sewing with kids is an easy way to develop the fine motor muscles in the hand necessary for writing and more detailed hand work.
Using sturdy fall leaves makes this beginning sewing lesson for kids and autumn themed fine motor activity both eco-friendly and economical. For more autumn fun check out ways to celebrate the fall autumnal equinox and our Top 10 Fall Crafts.
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