Teaching people to sew is one of my favorite activities. When I am teaching children, sometimes as young as three, I show them how to put the needle in the fabric and pull the thread up and then put the needle down through the fabric and pull down, then do it again. I give them scraps and let them to what they will. We then move on to a small felt object, usually a teddy bear. There is always someone who will have to expand on the idea...... as your will see in the first photo. They get so much pleasure making a fabric collage with many different pieces of fabric and at the same time they get the feel of a needle and thread.