Topic | needlework for 6 year old

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    My daughter is 6 years old and very interested in sewing.  She is begging to do some sort of needlework.  I was taught very basic sewing techniques using a sewing machine only as a young girl, so I am really out of my element trying to determine what to suggest she do as I am unfamiliar with all the various forms- like knitting, embroidery, cross stitching, etc.

    I know she is young but due to her strong interest I would like to find something she can work on.  Plus- I honestly would love to learn with her! Any suggestions for where to start? And then any good instructional videos, tutorials or blogs we can check out?

    Thanks everyone!



    My 6YO loves the needlepoint craft kits made for kids.  This is an example:

    Next I am going to have her work on a latch hook rug.  I think she’s about ready to try that.


    Other than that, I can’t offer any suggestions.  I’m not a crafty one.  😉


    Yes, plastic canvas projects like the one linked above work well at that age. The plastic is easy because it holds its shape and the squares are easy to identify.

    I also second the latch hook rug idea.  My just-turned-7 daughter is on her third rug.

    Loom knitting is easy enough for a 6yo.

    My oldest was able to handle knitting with needles at about 8yo, but not when she tried it the year before.

    Cross stitch might be manageable for a 6yo, but I would start with the ones that are pre-printed on the fabric, not counted cross stitch.

    As for the sewing machine, with lots of guidance and supervision my kids have been able to handle simple projects at 6. We made wizard capes, which just involved hemming the bottom, and then putting in a drawstring at the top. I think my kids were 9, 7 and 5 at the time. Right now my 7yo is interested in sewing squares together to make a quilt-style pillow case. (We need new covers for some of the throw pillows they use in the playroom, and we have a bunch of random scraps, and she has seen me quilt, so that’s the idea she came up with.)

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