STEP 1: Cut two tree shapes from green felt.
STEP 2: Sew beads onto one of the pieces of felt. This was so exciting for LC because it was the first time I ever let him use a needle and thread. I showed him how to pull the needle up from the back, thread on a few beads, then push it back down through. Priceless.
Look at his concentration!! He had so much fun with this, and from time to time, he’d just grin and say, “Mommy, I’m sewing!”
STEP 3: Sew top and bottom of tree together, leaving an opening to stuff it. At this point, I got to show Little Crafter how to do a simple whip stitch. He, of course, caught on right away. I held the two pieces together, and he pushed the needle through and pulled all by himself. He literally made this entire thing with very little help from me whatsoever, other than verbal guidance. He’s four. No wonder his Poppy calls him “Boy Genius.”
STEP 4: Stuff with polyfil and finish sewing shut. He loved the stuffing part.
STEP 5: Add a hanger using silver cord, jute, or ribbon. We threaded ours through using a large needle, but you could also use hot glue on the back.
Amy Latta is the author of One Artsy Mama, where she shares a variety of project types including home decor, kids' crafts, sewing, jewelry, and more. Recently, she published her first e-book, Crochet 101, to help beginners learn basic crochet stitches and techniques. She is happiest when creating something and enjoys making all kinds of projects with her 4 year old "Little Crafter." In her spare time, Amy is a professional ballroom, latin, and swing dancer. When not on the dance floor or crafting, you can probably find her at Starbucks.