Simple sewing jars

We have been introducing several types of sewing processes into the mix of things we do in our classroom and these simple sewing jars have been a nice way to introduce the basic concept of sewing to our little ones…

Simple Sewing Jars by Teach Preschool

The jars are clear plastic jars that I picked up over the summer from the Dollar Tree. They originally had scented water beads inside them and were being sold as a room freshener. But each time I picked up a jar, I would transfer the scented water beads to another container and then clean out the jar and set it aside to use in my classroom…

Simple Sewing Jars by Teach Preschool

I have so many ideas for how we will use these jars for play in my classroom but for starters, we added a couple of lengths of yarn inside each jar for the children to use as simple sewing jars…

Simple Sewing Jars by Teach Preschool

Because the lids of the jars have nice big holes, I decided for now not to add a sewing needle to the process. The children were able to pull the yarn easily through each hole in the lid even if the yarn started to get frayed just a bit…

Simple Sewing Jars by Teach Preschool

I took the time to introduce the jars to the children and explain how they can use their fingers to push or pull the yarn in and out of the holes of the lids any way they wished…

Simple Sewing Jars by Teach Preschool

The yarn is easy to remove from the lids after the children finish sewing so it makes it easy to use the jars for new processes. For our next sewing process, I am going to add large beads to our sewing jars and keep exploring the possible uses for sewing with the jars…

Simple Sewing Jars by Teach Preschool

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  1. Kathy W. says

    Awesome idea….Thank You!!! have you ever tried shoelaces to “sew” with?
    They would work perfectly with these jars!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      We use shoelaces for our beads but I never thought of using them with the jars! LOL!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Hi Nadia,
      The holes were already there. We found the jars at the Dollar Tree:) See the post for more details!

  2. Rebecca says

    Thanks for this great idea! Found them at Dollar Tree, with the other scented bathroom things. Can’t wait to see what other great ideas you come up with for these! (So I can copy those ideas, too! 😉 )

  3. says

    I love this!! I also cannot wait to see what other ideas you have for these containers!! They will be on my list for the next time I am at Dollar Tree.