Create something really special with your child that will decorate your home and bring the beauty of falling Autumn leaves indoors — without creating a big mess. Sewing is an important skill for kids to master, making this craft perfect for children 6 and up. And with a bit of adult supervision, these felt sewn leaves are easier to make than you think, turning into a colorful Fall centerpiece or soft playthings for indoor imaginary play.

Keep reading for the directions.

What You'll Need:

  • Various colors of felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft string
  • Craft needle
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Directions:

  1. Start by selecting a color of felt for the first leaf, then fold the sheet in half. Invite your child to cut the shape of a leaf, creating two sides for the felt sewn leaves.
  2. Now your child can cut a length of craft string, thread the craft needle, and then straight stitch down the center of one of the leaf sides, knotting the ends. A straight stitch is simply sewing the string up and down, creating very small stitches. Offer assistance as needed, encouraging your child to make same-size stitches and to work in a straight line.
  3. Once your child has finished creating the center vein of the leaf, match up the two sides of the felt leaf, cut a longer length of string, and begin stitching around the outside edge. Encourage your child to continue stitching around the leaf but to leave a one- to two-inch opening before finishing.
  4. Now your child can stuff the leaf with a handful of the stuffing and then close with a few more stitches. Secure the finished leaf with a knot.
  5. Continue making stuffed felt leaves until your child has a collection. Arrange on a plate for a colorful Fall centerpiece for a special dinner, use for fun Autumn imaginary play, or add lengths of string and hang somewhere special.