Happy Thanksgiving to our American neighbours! This activity gives children a different surface and materials to experiment sewing with. Materials Burlap (We went with this garland size so it was easy to hold, you could also use an embroidery hoop to help with the process) Ribbon Bias tape Embroidery floss 2 needles (one for the embroidery floss and beads and a plastic one with a large eye for ribbon etc.) Beads Cord Scissors Other alternatives you could use: Yarn Strips of fabric Cord Directions Cut a piece of ribbon or bias tape about two lengths of your arm. Tie a knot at one end (we found we needed to tie it about 3 times based on the space sizes in our burlap). Thread the needle on the other end. Pick a spot and sew outward in a flower shape, leaving a space in the centre. Knot the end on the bottom (underside) when you have reached a desired fullness. Repeat until you have as many flowers as you would like. Using embroidery floss, sew your beads in the centre. We also trimmed and sewed the ends of the runner for a more polished look. Enjoy your runner at your holiday table! Purpose Learning to sew with various materials Developing one’s fine motor skills Creating keepsakes for celebrations Safety Notes Use a needle and scissors with care and adult supervision. Yarn, ribbon etc. can be a strangulation hazard so use with adult supervision. Beads can be a choking hazard and therefore are not intended for children ages 0-3 or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.