Do you remember your first sewing lesson? I bet many of you do. Maybe hand stitching along while Mom, or Grandma used the sewing machine with you beside her.
The first thing I remember sewing is a pillow in Home Economics class in middle school. It was supposed to look like an ice cream sundae (I think?). And as I recall, the boys made skateboards.
This past weekend I sat down with my daughter, Sarah, and we finally had her first machine sewing lesson. She had been waiting FOR EVER! (According to her, of course.) She’s only five and a half. She can’t have been waiting that long.
I’m pretty sure that ecstatic is not too strong a word to express how she felt about this experience. What we did was sew all of the machine’s stitches onto a single piece of fabric. It didn’t matter to her at all. She was in crafty heaven. Of course now I’m on the hook to find some projects for her to sew on her own (she thinks). I’m thinking a pillow case might be a good place to start.
If you’re not sure where to start with your child, you could try an American Girl felt kit that comes with everything you need to complete the project. For even younger kids, Erica’s has Learn to Sew Lace Up Cards (43600). They have pre-punched holes and come with a needle and thread to learn hand sewing.
Maybe you’ve already been teaching your kids to craft and sew. Please share in the comments section, how you started, or maybe which projects you started with. We would also really love to hear about your early sewing experiences. Take a walk down memory lane with us, and share in the comments.
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