Embriodery Project

We did many projects to go along with our Colonial Life unit study, but this one tops the list.  Not only were these embroidered hand prints a wonderful handicraft activity, they turned out beautifully, too.  So much so, that they are gracing my mantle right now and I plan to hang them on the wall soon.

Sorry, this isn’t the best picture.  Place a piece of plain colored fabric tightly in an embroidery hoop.  On the back side, trace your child’s hand with a pencil.

Using any stich you like, have your child embroider around the traced hand using a brightly colored embroidery thread.  Remember, all the knots and not-so-pretty parts of the stiching will go on the side where you have traced the hand.

As part of the unit, we had made homemade buttons out of Sculpey clay.  These just seemed to be a perfect addition to the embroidery.

The final product turned out to be quite a keepsake.  I’ve written their names and the date on the back of each.


  1. I love this idea for a handiwork project. I also love to see boys with a needle and thread. So many times people assume that boys don’t want to do “that sort” of work but they really do.

    Your blog looks so different, I wasn’t sure I was at the right place. 🙂

    Thanks for submitting to the carnival.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  2. Very cute idea! I’ll bet grandmas would LOVE this as a gift, too!

  3. I like the idea that it is not just an embroidery project, but a meaningful keepsake!

  4. What a great idea! We are beginnning embroidery so this would be a wonderful keepsake for Grammy. Awesome!

  5. Cindy,
    Could I include this post and your canning tomatoes/recipe post in next week’s Homesteading Carnival? I’ll be putting it all together this Sunday night. You can let me know at kurtshan@cinci.rr.com
    Thanks so much!

  6. Love this idea for my boys! Many embroidery sampler ideas for learning about colonial life have a definitely “feminine” feel, but I could see my boys really liking this project! Thanks for sharing!

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