Photography: The Little Mulberry Project

By The Little Mulberry Project

Letter crafts are a great way for little ones to start learning the alphabet. Getting hands-on and tactile with letters reinforces the learning process in a fun and imaginative way.

The lacing skills used to create this little stuffed apple are great for little ones’ fine motor skills – improving hand-eye coordination and dexterity and practicing their pincher grip needed for writing. It also teaches patience and attention to detail.

This is a simple fun craft that can be used for various shapes (basic shapes like squares, triangles and hearts, as well as letter shapes themselves or fruit/flowers for spring, pumpkin for Halloween, etc.), and can be made from various materials – even a brown paper bag painted and stuffed with newspaper or bubble wrap stuffed with cotton wool. So get creative!


  • Red and green sheets of felt
  • Wool (or string or twine)
  • Large craft (plastic) needle
  • Stuffing fabric (wool, fabric scraps or cotton wool, etc.)
  • Hole punch


  1. Trace and cut outline shape of apple from two red sheets of felt.
  2. Trace and cut outline shape of apple leaf and stalk from green sheet of felt.
  3. Secure the front and back of the felt apple together with a paperclip and punch holes around the outside of the apple shape. Punch hole in the bottom of apple stalk shape.
  4. Thread wool through craft needle (or even tape to short wooden skewer) and lace through top middle hole in apple shape then tie to secure.
  5. Let little hands lace wool through the holes around the apple shape leaving open at the top to fit stuffing.
  6. Get stuffing!
  7. Once apple shape is stuffed, finish lacing holes along the top and secure apple stalk and leaf shape to last hole in top middle, then tie off to secure.
  8. Cut out uppercase and lowercase A’s from the remaining felt and let little one glue to the front of the apple.
  9. Get searching for all the other A’s you and your little one can find around the house and outside!

The Little Mulberry Project is a virtual scrapbook created by a stay-at-home mum of two adorable girls full of their creative crafty projects, adventures and explorations. For more creative inspiration check out their Website or follow them on Instagram

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