American Girl Crafts are fast becoming a favorite with my daughters, and today I wanted to take a closer look at the “Sew & Share” items and tell you why I really like them.
They come with all of the pieces you’ll need to make a cute felt craft, as well as a very detailed instruction sheet and tips on tying knots and stitching in general. Right off the bat what I like is that thanks to the pre-punched holes and easy instructions it is a great introduction to sewing.
Everything is nicely packaged and it comes with a needle, lots of thread, and even backing in case you want to make it into a pin.
Elizabeth (age 7) is able to do the project with some help on threading the needle and some light guidance overall. I think second grade is about the minimum age for this project simply because of the small details. Rebecca (Age 5) did enjoy adding the finishing touches to one that I sewed for her. Oh and I must tell you I had fun making one of my own as well! I think they would be cute as pencil toppers (stuff is included to make that happen), pins, ornaments, or as decorations for the top of a package. They’re a great little project to introduce a kid to some crafty sewing, and because they’re so well put together it leaves no mess or frustration.
I sent some of these to my cousin (Jr high age) to try out and I know she really liked them – which is great because for those (crafty or not so crafty) tweens and teens this would be a fun project to have for them to make at a family gathering or just send them some for fun creative time. I really appreciate not only that they are really well made, but that for older kids it is something they can take and do on their own. I also appreciate the great colors and whimsical designs that are fun to make for all ages!
I will definitely be getting more of these in the future – you can see the whole line here on the EK Success website. Locally I saw some of these at the American Girl display in my Michael’s Craft store.