Preschooler Sewing Box

Clara has always been obsessed with my sewing (little as there is of it) and especially my knitting.  I’m not sure that she’s quite to the point where she could learn to knit yet (maybe in about a year we’ll try), but she is certainly able to use the little sewing box that her Grandmoo and I made for her.  She goes and gets it and sits down and “sews” all on her own (she has even learned to thread a needle!).  Then, when she’s done, she meticulously puts everything back in the right spot in the basket.  So cute.  She has been sewing “baskets” and putting buttons on everything.  Then she takes them all apart and puts them away to be sewn back together another time.


The little basket was the basket that my grandmother, Mimi, gave to me when I was a little girl for my sewing stuff. I have been using it ever since until I was given a new giant sewing box from my mom. So, I decided to pass it down to my little girl. Mimi would have loved that.

Here are some of the things that Moo and I filled the box with:

  • Mesh from a bag that onions came in
  • Purple mesh fabric
  • Shelf liner with holes in it
  • Various assorted buttons
  • Plastic yarn needles
  • Metal tapestry needles
  • Embroidery floss cut into manageable lengths and wound around a piece of cardboard
  • A thimble
  • Some lacing strings (in case she would rather not use a needle)

3 Responses to “Preschooler Sewing Box”

  1. 1 Karen September 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I am so proud of Clara, I am so glad she loves the basket, I have started a new project for her over here, we have been collecting puka shells, puka means a hole in the shell. and Pa is helping, he drilled some holes in larger shells so Clara can string them with a needle and make a necklace!!! What do you think? I have clear nylon thread from Erin’s wedding viel.

    Mimi would be VERY happy for sure.

  2. 2 Rick September 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Now I’m drilling holes in sea shells—-my life is so complete.

  3. 3 Bob September 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    This is brilliant. Learning through play is so important. And often more effective than any other type of learning.

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