If you are looking to improve your sewing skills, one of our favourite sites for this skill is Sew a Softie https://www.sewasoftie.com/. Trixi teaches classes, has books and every July gathers people from around the world to participate in Sew A Softie! This year we wanted to make a lily pad that you could use in small world play with your other stuffies or figurines that might live in a pond! Materials Lily Pad Template: lilyPadSoftiePattern Felt Sewing Scissors Scissors Embroidery floss Needle Bead Stuffing Tape We always find these items useful too: Directions Print and cut out the patterns for your softie. Tape them to your felt with a donut (where the tape forms a loop with the sticky side facing out), cut out your shapes. Sew any details that you may like to your flower petals. Layer your petals on top of one another with the larger ones at the bottom. Place a bead on top for your centre and then sew the flower to one piece of your lily pad. Place your lily pad with the flower on top of your other lily pad and then sew around the edges (with a little border). Be sure to stop to leave a space to insert your stuffing. Insert your stuffing or filler. Sew your lily pad closed. Incorporate your lily pad into play or give it to a friend along with a frog figurine or stuffie! Find all the Sew a Softie FREE patterns here: https://www.sewasoftie.com/2020/08/free-softie-sewing-patterns-sew-a-softie-2020.html Pin this idea Purpose Learning how to sew allows children to practice a multitude of fine motor skills. Safety Notes We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors with care and direct, adult supervision. Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into 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 Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.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.