I was inspired to put together a sewing basket for Dylan from a book that I have called The Creative Family. The author also does a wonderful blog called Soule Mama that is full of creative ideas. She suggested using burlap and plastic sewing needles with brightly colored embroidery thread to introduce children to sewing. Dylan really enjoyed this when I first introduced it. We even made a "picture" for grandma. Here's Dylan back in November 2009 sewing:
The trickiest part for him was flipping it over each time to put the needle back through. He had a tendency to want to put the needle on the same side each time.
The other day, I thought I'd pull the sewing out again. It's been awhile since we've done it and while he did some freeform sewing, I drew a star on another piece of burlap for him to try. It took some guidance and me pointing where to put the needle, but, he completed his star. I plan on trying to do more shapes and maybe letters to guide him through.