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Printable Sewing Cards

Updated on October 7, 2014

Let Kids Sew Along With You

With these printable sewing cards, also called lacing cards or lace-up cards, your little ones can sew too. You know how kids are: monkey see, monkey do. But you know you can't let younger kids use a real needle and thread.

For beginning sewing projects, use these printable sewing cards so there are no sharp needles to worry about. With these sewing cards, their little fingers use a shoelace instead.

This low-tech sewing technique is also called lacing because shoelaces are used instead of sewing thread. The larger thread of the shoelace is easier for little ones to hold and push through the holes on the lacing sewing cards.

To print the sewing card shown here, visit BellaDia.

Animal Sewing Cards from Just Something I Made
Animal Sewing Cards from Just Something I Made | Source

Sewing Cards Help with Dexterity

Let kids practice sewing and have instant success!

To improve your child's motor skills and dexterity, give them some sewing cards to keep their fingers busy. Little girls (and boys) like to do what mom's doing. Let them but instead of using a needle and thread they'll be safe using a shoelace to "sew" on the lacing cards.

The dot-to-dot pattern in these sewing cards shown here is easy for young kids to follow and so what if they skip a hole? No biggie. Undo it and let them try again.

Check out the vintage-inspired animal sewing cards pictured here through the link under the image.

See & Sew - and more fun sewing books for kids

These beginner sewing books can introduce children to sewing in a fun way. The easy projects and directions make sewing a success and that means they'll want to do it again.

Vintage Lace Up Cards - Make a Set of Lacing Cards for Your Little Girl. Click a small image below to enlarge it.

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Girl in red skirt sewing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)Girl with pigtails lacing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)Umbrella girl sewing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)Curtsey girl with blue bow lacing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)Red-haired girl with green skirt lacing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Girl in red skirt sewing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Girl in red skirt sewing card. Source: Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Girl with pigtails lacing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Girl with pigtails lacing card. Source: Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Umbrella girl sewing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Umbrella girl sewing card. Source: Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Curtsey girl with blue bow lacing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Curtsey girl with blue bow lacing card. Source: Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Red-haired girl with green skirt lacing card. Source:  Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)
Red-haired girl with green skirt lacing card. Source: Lulu.com (A clickable link is provided in the introduction paragraph above.)

When you visit the Web sites,

be sure to print the

sewing cards on card stock

to make them sturdy.

Shoelaces for Lace Up Cards - The kiddos will need shoelaces to sew with.

Shoelaces, not needles! Yes, this makes sewing so easy and fun.

Small fingers work better with larger objects (think those big fat Crayons that little kids use so well). A shoelace will give kids something to grip on and push through the holes in the lace up cards.

Animal Lacing Cards - The link to print these animal lacing cards is provided below (Happy Hearts at Home).

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Turtle sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomeCat sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomeDinosaur sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomeGiraffe lacing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomeLamb lacing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomePig sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomeZebra lacing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at HomeLion sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Turtle sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Turtle sewing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Cat sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Cat sewing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Dinosaur sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Dinosaur sewing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Giraffe lacing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Giraffe lacing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Lamb lacing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Lamb lacing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Pig sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Pig sewing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Zebra lacing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Zebra lacing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home
Lion sewing card. Source:  Happy Hearts at Home
Lion sewing card. Source: Happy Hearts at Home

Hole Punches - Print Sewing Cards Then Punch Holes for Sewing

A good hole punch will allow you to punch just the right size hole for these printable sewing cards. A 1/4-inch hole punch is great to make larger holes for very young children. On more delicate and intricate lace up cards, a 1/8-inch hole punch may be needed.

To punch the middle of a page of a sewing card, the "big bite" style hole punch may be needed.

Printable Sewing Cards - Links are provided in the link list above.

Red Heart Lacing Card. Source:  Frugal Village
Red Heart Lacing Card. Source: Frugal Village | Source
St. Patrick's Day lace up cards. Source:  4shared
St. Patrick's Day lace up cards. Source: 4shared | Source
Cat Sewing Card. Source:  Sprout
Cat Sewing Card. Source: Sprout

Lacing Card Sets

So many options for sewing up a storm! Dress up a bear by sewing on clothes! Learn about people who live in other parts of the world.

Lace and Trace Cards and Shapes

There is a sewing card for every child. Do they like farm animals? Are they learning their shapes? What about dinosaurs? Whatever their interest, you can probably find a sewing project just right for your child.

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Did you sew on lacing cards when you were little?

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      Marcos 3 years ago

      I like this! I'm thinking about doing this with a vgntaie table cloth and my sewing machine. A bit more expensive but our current skirt has seen better days!

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      Jennabel 3 years ago

      Well macmdaaia nuts, how about that.

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      rockingretro2 5 years ago

      I love this lens. I linked to it from my lens, Rx for Cabin Fever in Children.

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Grew up with lacing cards! Good times!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Memories just started flooding in of sewing cards I did as a child, we sure took it seriously and I remember how the ends were like shoelace ends and the one end would lock it in place and the other was for "sewing". How cool that they are available to print off...for hours and hours of fun! I remember showing the finished card off to everyone that was home and then happily undoing it to do another one.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      Thanks what agood idea. Might even take my own art and try to make lacing shapes with it.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      After retirement, my mother assisted in quite a poor, inner city school - sewing. She was apprehensive at first but found from day one that everybody, boy and girl, loved it - six and seven year olds. Partly due to the fact that they actually made things in a short time, partly because a lot of them had never seen a needle and thread.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Just added this lens to my "sewing-kits-for-kids"

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      i remember sewing these as a child - I loved them. Used to do them in Sunday School

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      Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

      Yes, I loved the sewing cards. I don't think I ever gave them to my kids. Now I wish I had introduced them to Sewing Cards. Great lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      YES, I loved those lacing cards! What a fabulous lens. I'll have to try this with my granddaughter!

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      We tried to make our own cards. Great idea to provide links for these printable sewing cards. Sewing by hand is enjoyable and a useful skill, one that is in danger of disappearing.

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      hntrssthmpsn 6 years ago

      I remember my grandmother using cards like these to teach me to sew. Sadly, I never progressed beyond that level, but thanks to Grandma and her lacing cards, I can generally conduct any emergency repairs required to make it home decently covered ;)

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      So clever and so many memories. What a great idea for a project for kids. Blessings to you. I may have to print some of these for my granddaughter.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Really nice. I had fun with sewing cards as a kid myself.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Oh my yes. And that little girl making doll clothes reminds me of myself at 8. Still stitchin ... cute lens!

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Yes, and I still enjoy them! :)

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      GinaArjona 6 years ago

      Nice! I did something like this for my students when I was teaching preschool. I'll print some for my niece. Thanks for sharing :-)

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I think I remember having one of these a long long time ago, the vintage ones are super cute!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did other crafts, not this one. I wish I had. Looks like fun.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did other crafts, not this one. I wish I had. Looks like fun.

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      bechand 6 years ago

      I used to LOVE to do these !!! I would do for hours !

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. I bought a set of alphabet sewing cards for my grandson last week,

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      I remember these types of cards, too. Nice lens!

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      debsgreatfinds 6 years ago

      I remember sewing on sewing cards when I was a kid thanks for sharing :)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      These printable sewing cards are adorable, and I do remember sewing on lacing cards when I was little. Lots of fun :)

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Oh, my! I'd completely forgotten sewing cards. Yes, we did these. I remember doing them at five years of age.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      Absolutely! There was a definite sense of accomplishment whenever I finished lacing, too. I always loved the lacing cards. Thanks for sharing these.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      These are adorable. I have forgotten about sewing cards from little girl days. So refreshing to see on Squidoo. I ignore all coloring pages unless they are something unusual like steam vent tubes. haha Actually, I have coloring lenses too.

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      FarmerTom 6 years ago

      These are so cool! Wish I'd had them when I was a kid--I might be able to sew today if I had. Awesome lens.

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      bangcool 6 years ago

      Great idea, most people will like this fun hand craft. Love this very much

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      This would be a great gift idea to make up and give to a child. Thanks for the idea. Angel blessed

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I used to enjoy this activity when I was a little girl. I had forgotten about it until I saw your lens. I love the vintage sewing cards with the girls in their fancy dresses!

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      I remember these! I think I had some that were like paper dolls, where the lacing held on clothes, too! The animal ones are neat -- color and then lace. Neat lens and nice memories!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember doing this for a class project, I remember making a puppy. It's a lot of fun. maybe I should try doing it again

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

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks so much for stopping by and for the Squid Angel blessing! I'm honored! We also used yarn a lot of the time too!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Oh yes ... I remember doing these as a kid, but I think we used yarn with masking tape rolled around the end. These selections are very nice. I love the vintage images.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I used to LOVE to do this kind of stuff. Totally forgot about it. Thanks for the memory!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      How neat. My boys have used something similar to work on fine motor skills, but these are so nostalgic. Love it.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, we did have some like this in the 1950s or maybe early 1960s. How nostalgic.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Yes, and I had totally forgotten about lacing cards until I read this lens! Sure hope I have some grandchildren to share this with; I wish I'd have done this with my own daughter when she was little, but I truly don't remember these being around then. Thanks for the memories!

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