My daughter has recently picked up embroidery and loves it. If you are looking for a fun craft to teach your son or daughter, embroidery is a wonderful art. It is easy, doesn't require a lot of supplies and is a wonderful way to slow down.
Embroidery Stitches Kids can Start With
Adeline has focused on just a few stitches
- Seed stitch
- Running stitch
- Star stitch
- Brick stitch
You can find plenty of YouTube tutorials for each of these stitches. None of them are hard and perfect for beginners.
Adeline did a beginner embroidery lesson on Bluprint, hosted by Jessica Longe. Jessica was a great teacher and really got Adeline excited about embroidery.
Embroidery Patterns & Kits for Kids
You can either buy simple beginner kits or choose simple patterns to trace on fabric.
Here are a few kits available on Amazon (affiliate links used in this post).
WODISON Embroidery Starter Kit for Kids with Cute Animal Pattern Hoops Floss Thread Fabric Needles Included 3 Pack
Alex Toys Craft My Embroidery Kit: I love that this teaches so many stitches.
Jack Dempsey Stamped Embroidery Kit Beginner Samplers, 6 by 8-Inch 3-Pack-Outside Fun
If you already have fabric and thread, making your own projects is easy.
For Adeline, we love the book Doodle Stitching and regularly use many of the patterns for Adeline to stitch. That said, any simple line drawing can be traced on fabric for a child to stitch. They could even draw their own pattern and then stitch it. I traced a shark that my son drew and then stitched it with a simple back stitch. I recommend using Pilot Frixion pens, as you can easily use heat from an iron or blow dryer to erase any lines. Of course, a pencil is always an option too!
You can also buy packs of pattern transfers, which you simply iron onto fabric.
Embroidery Supplies needed
To embroider, your child will need
- Embroidery floss (generic is fine for kids getting started, though I prefer using DMC brand personally)
- Transfer pens
For details on these products, read this post.
If you choose to get a kit, like the ones mentioned above, many or all of these supplies are included.
I hope this is a helpful resource if your child is interested in learning embroidery.
For more on embroidery, check out my beginners guide to embroidery, which lists additional resources and tools for getting started.