I was rummaging through our felt bin the other day and noticed we had a whole lot of little scraps. Thinking of an entirely different project I started cutting some circles. The Naturalist was instantly interested in what I was doing. My project idea was not really panning out and she really wanted to string those circles together... so needle and thread in hand she started stringing and I kept cutting... circle, after circle, after circle... until I could cut no more.
Then they took over...
So fun to see them working together. A rare thing around these parts lately.
Circles being a bit more difficult, they opted for squares and rectangles. After they had a good pile going she started stringing again.
And the next day... and the next... she was stringing up squares again.
She has been occupied for days with this project. I had to pull out my bigger pieces of felt for fear they would be chopped for garland making... when they are destined for other projects, someday.
She has done a bit of machine sewing but has not shown much interest in hand sewing up to this point. This super simple project has given her a boost in confidence with the needle and thread. She is talking stuffed animals now. Good stuff.
I love how this developed. We made some garlands similar to this years ago with the idea coming from this book, but it is always fun to see how they jump into projects, and ideas develop all over again when the project you started with goes off course down wonderful paths.
We used quilting thread and doubled it up to help with strength and to keep the needle from slipping off. I made an extra long tail at the ends for hanging. We are in need of some ribbon bows to cover that thread... once the decorations come out that will be remedied.
In other felt news... the rooster is moving along nicely. He had his tail feathers stitched on and is patiently waiting for some legs. Such a quiet little roo he is...
Do you have any simple sewing projects your kids love?