Teaching Children How to Stitch Homemade Valentine Cards: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

February 6, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Me and You by Genevieve Cote

Why we love this book:

Look at these two little friends. Aren’t you already in love with them? They are just too cute to resist! Charming, gentle illustrations and simple text send a big message about friendship and individuality! Rabbit and Pig like each other so much they try to be more like each other. They discover that they actually like each other better just the way they are! They learn that both of them are unique and special works of art.

Read this to someone you love. Then tell them how unique and special they are.

Teaching Children How to Stitch Homemade Valentine Cards



  • white, pink, red card-stock
  • white thread
  • needle
  • scissors (paper-edgers)
  • cupcake liners
  • buttons

Step 1: Cut white card-stock into for pieces using paper-edgers

  • I folded the paper in half and then in half again, making it easy for the children to cut along the line.

Step 2: Fold paper into a small rectangular card.

Step 3: Cut hearts out of red and pink card-stock using paper-edgers

  • My children already know how to fold a small square in half to cut a symmetrical heart.

Step 4: Teach children how to stitch along center line of heart.

  • Very important to teach children how to handle the needle safely.
  • After the children know how to stitch, you can skip this step.

Step 5: Stitch heart to front of card along center line

MacGyver, age 8 and Miss Enigma, age 5

Cupcake liner & Button Valentine Cards

Step One: Each of the children selected one button

  • Since this was the kiddos first time to sew-on a button, I had them select a button with only two holes.

Step 2: Sew-on button and cupcake liner

Miss Enigma, age 5 and MacGyver, age 8

I was pleasantly surprised by how much the kiddos enjoyed learning how to stitch and sew-on buttons. They are begging me to make more cards. We are learning how to stitch around the heart and how to sew-on buttons with four holes. Each of the cards they create is a beautiful and unique work of art. They are extremely excited to share these with family and friends.

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  Me and You by Genevieve Cote.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you know how to sew? My sister Jennifer can sew like a professional. She’s amazingly talented. I wish I knew how to sew! Oops, I guess I’m suppose to be glad that I’m an individual.  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, February 9, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 10, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!


Sharing this week at:

abc and 123 learning

delicate construction

Hip Homeschool Moms

mama smiles

Red Ted’s Art Blog

Thematic Thursdays

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin February 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Yes, I can sew thanks to some nice women in my life who showed me how..

Stasia February 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

Yes, I can sew but I wish I was better at it. I would love to take a class if I had the time. I love the button cupcake cards :-)

Tara February 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

I can sew a button on and fix a hem but that’s about it. These are really cute ideas! My 10 and 8 year old sons stitched felt stockings this past Christmas.

Natalie February 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I am not much of a sewer, but I would love to learn. These cards look awesome.

maryanne @ mama smiles February 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

What cute cards! I can sew, although not like a professional =)

Amanda February 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I know how to sew. My mom is much faster though, so I just let her do it:) I love the pictures in this book.

Lauren February 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Yes, I can sew – just not very well!

Brandy February 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

I can not sew past the very very basic things, like buttons and such. I would love to be able to follow a pattern and sew some cute clothing for my children.

Julie February 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Yes, I know how to sew. I love these valentine cards! The book looks really sweet.

Ellie February 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I can’t sew, except to sew on a button. But it is one of my life goals to learn how to sew!

Laurie February 9, 2012 at 5:48 am

Yes, I can sew, although I haven’t sewn much in the past few years. My mother insisted I go to sewing lessons when I was twelve, and I am so glad she did! I made so many of my clothes, and sewed for my girls later on.
Now I teach art to Kinders through twelfth grade, and I’m going to teach my younger grades how to sew using this card lesson!

Diana February 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

Yes, I can sew. I learned as a little girl and am now teaching my daughter how to sew. She would *LOVE* to do these homemade Valentine’s cards for her teachers.

I think sewing is an important skill to have. I take a lot of pride in things I have made. My hubby took Home Ec to meet girls and learned some good skills. He’s helped me on big sewing projects before, like our matching cow costumes that we made 20 years ago when we were newlyweds. Our boys still wear those costumes. Not sure how much of a talent, but my son wore the cow costume while playing his sousaphone in a talent show last year. LOL!

Thanks for submitting to Thematic Thursday and I hope I win!

Sherry Lykins February 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

I can do simple mending, but that is about it. I wish I could!! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

April February 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Yes I do, and am very proud to say without a sewing machine. My broke!, Anyway the last thing I sewed was a button nose on one of the kids “lovies”. Plush Animals they adore, and are looking quite raggy! :)

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