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Needlework Kits

Updated on September 13, 2014

Needlework Kits Make Great Gifts

If you're at a loss for what to get that crafty person in your life, consider needlework kits. The variety of needlework kits is vast, ranging from sewing kits, counted cross stitch kits, needlepoint, embroidery, and more.

Needlework kits are great for all ages, too. The trick is to match up the right type of kit for the age and ability of the person you want to get a gift for.

The choices provided here offer something for every age and skill level. So, the next time you need a gift idea that offers all the craft supplies in one easy to buy package, refer to these choices.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Sewing Cards Lacing Cards

For Ages 3 to 6 (Depending on Each Child)

Each child is a little different so use your best judgment when selecting a set of lacing cards for a child. There is no actual needle involved--a shoelace type string or thread is used instead--so sewing cards are a great way to introduce sewing and needlework to young children.

Easy Lacing Cards for Little Fingers

Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set: 5 Wooden Panels and 5 Matching Laces - Pets
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set: 5 Wooden Panels and 5 Matching Laces - Pets

Using a large "needle" (a shoelace), kids can sew on these lacing cards.

 

Lacing Cards - Two Boys Show Their Finished Cards

Beginning Sewing Kits

Ages 7 to 12 (Consider the ability level of the child)

Sewing is a fun craft that requires a little more skill than cutting and pasting. When a child is ready to start sewing, a sewing kit is a great introduction to this craft.

Scarves Are Great Beginner's Projects

Lion Brand Yarn 600-885 Beginner Crochet Scarf Kit, Dusty Rose
Lion Brand Yarn 600-885 Beginner Crochet Scarf Kit, Dusty Rose

Beginning crochet projects like this scarf are easy and fun. A simple project is best to start with. The child (or adult) will be happy they can easily finish the scarf and want to do more.

 

Give the Gift of a Potholder Loom

Harrisville Designs 7" Potholder (Traditional Size) Loom Kit, Makes 2 Potholders
Harrisville Designs 7" Potholder (Traditional Size) Loom Kit, Makes 2 Potholders

Boys and girls can make potholders with one of these fun old-fashioned looms. Then they can give them as gifts or sell them.

 

Potholder Loom - A 10 Second Look

A Knitting Tutorial - Learn to Knit

Grab a knitting kit and watch this knitting tutorial for even more help, if needed.

More Detailed Needlework Kits By Age

These links will take you to more needlework kits appropriate for certain age groups.

Needlework Kits for Older Children and Adults

By the time kids reach age 13, they often have the skill, patience, and dexterity to tackle more difficult needlework projects. Keep the child or adult's skill level in mind when buying a needlework kit for a gift.

Craft Articles to Inspire You

Clothespin Crafts
Clothespin crafts transform ordinary wooden clothespins into something new. Clothespins come in both peg and clip styles...

Silverware Crafts
If you've seen wind chimes made from vintage silverware, you have an idea of what silverware crafts are.

Book Crafts
Books may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of crafting, but book crafts can be fun and when you're done,

Costume Jewelry Crafts
Costume jewelry crafts are simply crafts made using costume jewelry. This can include using a piece, such as clip on earrings,

Button Crafts
Crafting with buttons is one of the most fun ways to show off pretty buttons whether they're vintage buttons or new ones.

Lace Crafts
Lace crafts can be delicate and beautiful. Embellishing items with lace, using lace as a stencil, or creating lace by knitting or crocheting are all fun lace...

Rope Crafts
Crafting with rope can be a fun hobby that results in some useful objects with textures you just don't get with another medium.

Making Bookmarks -- Book Thongs
Making bookmarks, like book thongs, is a fun craft that ends in a useful bookmark to use to keep track of where you left off.

Crafts Using Tins
Do you have empty tins that you hate to just throw away? These crafts using tins will give you lots of ideas.

Matchbox Crafts
Matchbox crafts are a way to craft in miniature, especially if you choose to use the small matchboxes that measure about 2 inches by 1-3/8 inches.

Crafting with Bandanas
Bandanas are patterned handkerchiefs that often have paisley designs making for a lovely square of fabric perfect for crafting.

Bottle Caps Crafts--Making Art With Bottle Caps
Bottle caps crafts range from simple bottle cap necklaces or magnets to this grand lady shown herewith bottle cap arms and legs.

Key Crafts
If you're like me, you have a junk drawer (or two or three) with loose keys. You don't remember what they went to.

Rock Painting -- How to Paint Rocks
I saw an article online about rock painting and decided that I had to try that! I don't consider myself to be artistic at all, but I do love crafts.

Making Collages
Making collages is a craft that all ages can enjoy. Face it, it's fun to cut and paste!

Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting

 

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Will You Buy a Needlework Kits for Yourself or as a Gift?

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      Hiroshi 2 years ago

      You are so lucky to have a local needlework shop with such lvoely stock. Mine just has DMC floss, soft cotton and perle. I went to Hobbycraft (a really big craft store) yesterday, and they have the Anchor range, icluding tapestry wool. If I want crewel wool, or silk, the staff just cannot help me at all . I presume that there just not enough customers who want to buy the items that interest me. The only time I get to see things like this is if I can get to a show!I feel that I am letting local shops down when I buy on the internet, but often it is the only way to get what I want.

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      Mena 2 years ago

      All things codrsneied, this is a first class post

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      Arvind 2 years ago

      L. Van PeltBrent, please contcat Tyler Junior College. They are giving ALL your money back for the education you didn't receive. Wow what a real wast of money. If its Russian don't they have the money to finish the dame thing? Try, Wow! What a real waste of money. If it's Russian, don't they have the money to finish the damn thing? Appalling spelling, not to mention the grammar is on par with that of a 3 year old. I have friends don't speak English, so they must use a translator to understand the text. When you use misspelled words, the translator gets the words wrong. Please slow down, consult a dictionary, and do better.Have a nice day.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      I love them all, think I've done them all. Thanks for adding the Knitting tutorial...still cannot do that but have the supplies. Well done.You have been Blessed!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Some great ideas here and I love the way you formatted it.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      These are great ideas for gifts. I have several people that would love to have one of these kits.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I don't think I will buy one of the needlework kits any time soon but it sure is something that everyone should try at least once - to see if they like it. A nice reminder, brought up some memories for me, thank you!! :)

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      AffinityYarns 6 years ago

      Great lens. Good example to us Newbies.

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      Really love this lens. I see stuff both my granddaughter and I both would enjoy. I'd forgotten all about those lacing cards. I loved them as a child.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      This is one of those things that I loved to do when I was younger that kids then erased from my memory! I'm finally at the point where I could rediscover through needlepoint kits - maybe something neat for the holidays. Very well done!

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      LeopoldBlatt 6 years ago

      A great craft toy for kids. Very good lens with nice ideas too. Thank you.

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      troyreed23 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      MelissaRodgz 6 years ago

      Great little lens. These look like fun.

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      Well done! I used to do all of these needle crafts when I was a kid... now I don't have time... but great choices!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @blessedmomto7: I know what you mean. It takes time to get to all of our crafts but it's nice to have them on hand for when the mood strikes.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I have the teach yourself to knit and teach yourself to crochet kits, but I haven't had time to use them. Maybe someday! Great lens.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I think your first niche lens is brilliant! Love it. I used to love making those potholders. Well done.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Sew Cards for Kids: This is wonderful.

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      VBright 6 years ago

      I simply ADORE crafts! I really like this lens because now I can pick out something for my Grandbaby so we can enjoy crafting together! Thanks

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like this lens. You are moving forward really well...just keep up the good work