This is a lovely simple sewing project for kids ~ how to make a Christmas tree decoration and a heart ornament.
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Simple sewing for kids : Christmas tree decoration
Each step of this project is easy to do, making it a great first sewing project for kids. It’s just the kind of cosy craft for a cold winter day when you’re stuck indoors.
First gather your materials. To make the Christmas tree decoration you’ll need some green and brown felt (or other suitable fabric), a needle and thread, and some things to decorate your tree.
We’re using some white wool and a few buttons, but you can choose what you like.
Draw out your own pattern on a piece of paper and cut it out. Keep your design bold and simple, so it is easier for you to sew.
Then use your template to cut out two green pieces and one brown trunk section. If you use a pin to hold the pattern nice and still, you’ll find it easier to cut out your fabric shapes.
Sew on some decorations to your tree. You can sew on one of the green tree shapes, or on both of them.
A simple running stitch with the white wool makes good tinsel.
Then use some thread to sew the two green tree pieces together. Again, using pins to hold the pieces in place will help you.
We’re using a simple running stitch in a thread the same colour as our tree, but you might choose to use a blanket stitch or a contrasting thread colour.
Pop the brown trunk piece inside the two green tree pieces, and sew right across all three, so your trunk is held in place.
Remember to push in some stuffing before you sew right the way around your tree, and then finish off your stitches with a simple knot at the end.
Add a loop of thread so you can hang your Christmas tree decoration.
To make a heart decoration
To sew a heart decoration, the basic process is the same. You’ll need some red felt this time ~ or another fabric of your choice.
A couple of pieces of green felt and a red button make a pretty sprig of holly to go at one side of your heart, and you can add some detail with glitter glue.
Download your ready-made Nativity Unit
Download the Play Academy’s ready-made Nativity Unit and you’ll have everything you need to lead a set of activities to introduce your children to the Nativity story.
This Unit includes artist-drawn puppets/colour-in nativity scene characters and printable Bible verse cards, that your children can use year after year.
In this Nativity teaching unit your children can:
:: learn about the Nativity and create their own Nativity book or small world scene using colour-in puppet / nativity scene characters
:: learn about Mary and Joseph’s journey, and explore junk modelling
:: learn about the shepherds role, and explore loose parts
:: learn about Jesus’ birth
:: learn about the three wise men, and complete their book / re-tell the story in their small world
Bonus Nativity thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this Nativity Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: My Nativity Story book to write, colour and complete to tell the Nativity story
:: a set of artist-drawn My Nativity Puppets to colour, cut out and use to re-cap and act out the Nativity story
:: Nativity Vocabulary Cards to recap and consolidate learning
:: Nativity Bible Verse Cards to read, narrate your own acting out of the story, and perhaps to memorise
How to download this Nativity thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
If you are already of the Play Academy, you can download this unit straight away from our Library here.
If you are not yet a member, find out more and choose your first unit here. Your teaching is about to get a whole lot easier!