School is out for the summer but that doesn’t mean the learning needs to stop! Summer break is a perfect time for kids to learn new skills like how to sew. This paper plate sun craft is not only a fun summer kids craft, but it is also a fabulous summer sewing craft for kids. We used a plastic yarn needle to make this because it’s a great way for kids to get used to holding a needle for beginning sewing crafts. Once kids progress with their sewing skills, they’ll love making projects like our DIY Felt Fox Purse.
How to Make a Paper Plate Sun Summer Sewing Craft
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- small yellow paper plate (We used 7-inch yellow dessert plates from Target. Find them on the party supply aisle.)
- yellow yarn
- plastic yarn needle (optional, but I love them!)
- orange and yellow pony beads
- yellow construction paper
- hole punch
1. Begin by drawing (or tracing) a circle on the back of your paper plate. Poke a hole into the circle with your scissors and then cut out the circle.
2. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the entire perimeter of the circle about 1/2-inch to 1-inch apart.
3. Cut off a long section of yarn and thread it through your plastic yarn needle. Tie a knot at the end of the yarn needle to secure it in place. Tape the end of the yarn onto the back of the paper plate.
4. Kids can now begin sewing around the holes in the paper plate. Come up through a hole in the back of the paper plate to start, then go back down through a hole at the front of the paper plate. Continue this process, sewing through each of the holes in the paper plate.
SEWING CRAFT TIP:
The longer the strand of the yarn the better so you’ll fill up more of the spaces inside the circle. If you reach the end of your yarn and still want to sew more, cut off another long strand of yarn, tie it to the existing yarn on your paper plate, thread the needle on the end of it, and continue sewing.
5. After you have sewn through all of the holes in the paper plate, start adding orange and yellow pony beads onto each of the stitches you make. This adds fun texture and color to your sewing craft. When you reach the end of your yarn, cut off the plastic yarn needle and tape the end of the yarn onto the back of the paper plate.
6. Cut yellow triangles out of your construction paper for sun rays. Glue them onto the back of the paper plate along the outside rim of the plate.
Our lovely friend Kate over at Homebound but Hopeful recently made a darling watermelon sewing craft inspired by a few of our sewing crafts. It is also a perfect summer sewing craft for kids. I love how she paired it with one of our favorite summer books, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.
Looking for more awesome summer crafts? Our black glue seahorse craft makes a fabulous summer art project. Your kids might also enjoy making a collection of paper bag animal puppets to put on a summer puppet show for fun!