I have been remiss - all this encouraging other children to get crafty with my re-sew-cool sewing kits and I hadn't even bothered to teach my own kids to sew. I know! Bad mother! On the weekend they were imploring me to help them make softies and Sunday turned out to be the perfect rainy afternoon to get crafty in the back room.
Pepper and Wanda drew a picture of the critter they planned to sew. (Yes, for identical twins they have very different drawing styles.)
helped Joe with his shape. Then we selected felt and got cutting and
stitching. Pepper didn't have the patience to wait her turn and so just
got started with glue - which is perfectly cool I think. She stitched
the outer seams.
Joe showed surprisingly good concentration and managed to sew on a button.
Wanda was very patient and tenacious. She even put a pocket on her softie.
Wanda has called her creature "Pom Pom", Joe has called his owl "Parsley" and Pepper has called her bunny "Hermione".
Best of all - all of the softies are made entirely from recycled materials.
* and just a postscript: after we finished I gave Joe a hair cut! He doesn't look like a wannabe Paul Weller mod now!