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By Michelle Powellfreelance writer

Brush up on children’s stitching and papercraft skills with these sweet and simple gifts

Easter chick egg cosy

Easter chick egg cosy

This simple sewing project will develop skills of pattern cutting and stitching. Any stitch can be used, but a whipping or blanket stitch work well. For a simpler activity, glue the beak, feet and wings in place and just stitch the main body. Alternatively, add a base and leave an opening in the back seam to fill with mini eggs.

You will need: yellow and orange felt; black fun foam; white pen; yellow cord; yellow cotton; needle and scissors.

  1. Cut out three ‘Body’ pieces and two ‘Wings’ from yellow felt, using Activity sheet 1, ‘Easter gifts – templates’. Cut one ‘Beak’, and four ‘Feet’ from orange felt.
  2. Place two of the ‘Body’ pieces together and stitch one of the sides, starting at the bottom edge and finishing centre top.
  3. Add in the third ‘Body’ piece and stitch down half way, using a blanket stitch. Add in one of the ‘Wings’ and continue stitching to the base using oversew stitch to join the pieces together. Stitch the third side also adding in the second ‘Wing’.
  4. Cut 12cm of cord and tie a knot at each end. Place the two ‘Feet’ together and stitch around using blanket stitch, adding one end of the cord in as you stitch the top edge. Repeat for the other foot.
  5. Stitch the centre of the cord inside the front of the chick.
  6. Stitch the ‘Beak’ in place. Punch two circles of fun foam for the eyes, glue in place and add a dot of white pen.

Easter rabbit card

Easter bunny card

The pieces of this bunny are torn rather than cut to give a soft edge effect. Accurate tearing is easy with practice and a useful skill to master.

You will need: Activity sheet 1, ‘Easter gifts – templates’; thick card; thin coloured card; chalk pastels; pencil; cotton wool bud; 3D self-adhesive foam pads.

  1. Transfer the templates on Activity sheet 1, ‘Easter gifts – templates’ to thick card and cut out.
  2. Draw around each template onto the correct coloured thin card using a pencil.

Tip: Challenge the children to come up with other Easter designs, using this tearing technique.

  1. Tear out the ‘Body’, ‘Head’, ‘Ear’ and ‘Arm’ pieces, making small tears and holding the piece close to the line with finger and thumb on both hands. Rub out the pencil lines
  2. Cut out the ‘Nose’, ‘Carrot’ and ‘Carrot top’.
  3. Rub a cotton wool bud onto chalk pastels and run around the edges of each piece to add shading. Add pink inside the ears and to the cheeks.
  4. Draw on a mouth and eyes. Assemble the rabbit and carrot using 3D self-adhesive foam pads and stick to a folded piece of card.

Subscribers can access ‘Daisy pencil pot’ activity sheets, for step-by-step instructions for making this sweet Mother’s Day card and gift in one.