Inside: Try this fun Valentine’s Day Craft and teach your kids beginning sewing skills at the same time. All you need is a few supplies and your kids will be sewing in no time.
My grandma was an incredible seamstress, but she didn’t pass down the skills to my mom or to me.
I can sew on a button, and I can hem curtains if I have to, and I figured out how to make cute felt ornaments.
To even obtain these skills, I had to take a sewing class at a craft store to figure it out. With my mom.
But my kids have been dying to learn how to sew ever since I made my purple pajama pants in the sewing class.
This simple Valentine’s Day craft is how I taught my kids the concept of beginning sewing. We’re still a few years off from the purple pajama pants, but this is the best way to get them started.
Supplies Needed for the Sewing Valentine’s Day Craft
- Styrofoam meat trays, or use ones from the meat you purchase at the grocery store and wash them
- Red yarn and pink yarn
- Beginner, blunt needles
- Masking tape
- Mechanical pencil to make small holes or a regular pencil to make larger holes
Valentine’s Day Craft Instructions
- Cut a long length of yarn and tie a knot at the end.
- Thread the yarn through the eye of the needle.
- Draw a large heart on the back side of the meat tray.
- Every half inch or so, poke a small hole around the heart.
- Starting from the underside of the meat tray, thread the needle through, so it comes up through the top of the meat tray.
- Tape the knot to the bottom the of the tray with the masking tape.
- Using the holes as a guide, thread the needle through the top and back through the bottom until you reach where you started.
- On the bottom side of the meat tray, tie a knot in the yarn as close to the tray as possible.
- Cut off the excess yarn, and tape down the knot.
To change the design for more advanced sewers:
You can add a border of yarn around the outside of the tray.
Or you can add an arrow to the heart.
You can write the word LOVE on another tray, or try smaller hearts all over the tray (to write words, you need to write the letters backward!)
Sewing yarn on meat trays is the first step towards learning how to sew purple pajama pants. For now, we’ll stick to the meat trays.
Best Valentine’s Day Books for Kids:
We love to sew, but we love to read more. Here are our family’s favorite Valentine’s Day books:
Oh, Valentine, We’ve Lost Our Minds (chapter book)
Want another Valentine’s Day craft you can do with your kids after Valentine’s Day? Use your kids’ valentine’s day cards they bring home from school to make placemats (rather than tossing them all!)