Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kids' Valentine Project

We had a 4-H meeting last night and since we've been working on learning some simple stitches,  I made up kits for them to practice at home.  **With the help of my husband...since he's still non weight bearing on his foot...I told him cutting out cardboard hearts for his wife shows what a true man he is. :)


Supplies:
food boxes
craft punches
yarn in red and white (or color of choice)
large eyed needle
paper to label the hearts

I thought I'd share the idea if anyone has kids or step it up to fabric and a frame and make it your self.  
**Cut out three hearts from paper board (food boxes with predominantly red and white colors)
**Pre punch the holes with a craft punch.  We used a big one and a little one
**Use a blanket stitch, an overcast stitch, and a running stitch to stitch around the hearts.  If you make big holes, you could just tape around the end of your red yarn and not use a needle.
**Type out labels in the font of your choice or hand letter them.
**Glue to the back side of a big panel cut from a food box.
**Punch holes around the "frame" and do a running stitch with yarn to complete the frame.
**Tie a string around the yarn in the back to hang it.

Links:
Blanket Stitch Tutorial:


You can certainly step this up with more effort depending on the age of the kids.

I hope you have a nice weekend!  I have a new gadget...a gift from my two of my kids for my birthday, so I'll be fiddling with it this weekend.  More on it later when I have more to tell. :)  I did capture my signature with it though.

9 comments:

  1. How CUTE!!! What an adorable way to teach kids how to stitch! I'm pinning it! Thanks for sharing Jill!

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  2. love your blog! your newist follower!
    Mark @ room363

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  3. It IS a great way to teach stitching! And kids SO need this! And good for your husband....he did good! Hope he's back to weight bearing soon. (been there!!)

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  4. He's a keeper then! ;) I remember after my husbands car accident and he was "chair bound" for the most part. He did a lot of tedious work for me for the shop. Great to have a guy who is always willing to contribute!

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  5. I remember doing something like this at school, it's ringing a vague bell! such a cool idea.
    A new gadget?? I am intrigued, do tell! Mx

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  6. What an awesome Sampler. I love recycled materials, too. Perfect for Valentine's Day, so I'm glad I stopped by for a visit. Since I don't hand stitch due to my arthritic hands, I will admire from afar.

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  7. I forgot to mention, I save the tea light holders for the sides. I don't keep the bottom. I cut the side (the band) away from the bottom and flatten it. I then turn these bands into metal words or phrases by writing from the back side with an old (dead) ink pen. The letters are then raised when I turn the piece over. It takes a minute or two to remember how to write backwards, but then it is easy as anything.

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  8. I LOVE this! You are so clever (are you tired of hearing that from me?!) This project has some of my favorite elements- recycled cardboard and stitchery!

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