But then today I simply ran out of time and I asked her to sew it instead. She did a wonderful job!
This pattern is totally easy, but here are some ideas for helping kids sew… and finish something to be proud of:
Choose a project that they can finish in a reasonable amount of time – before they lose interest. It helps if you have made it before.
Let them pick the fabric… kids love this step – we do too!
See if any elements of the pattern can be simplified. For example, my original drawstring backpack pattern calls for sewing the drawstring ties and side tabs from fabric. For Chloe’s version, we decided to skip those and use rope and twill tape instead.
Be available to help when needed (another reason it would be good for you to have experience with the pattern), but don’t do it for them. Pinning, sewing an even seam allowance, and trimming corners are skills that beginners must learn by doing! But I occasionally un-pick Chloe’s mistakes so she can take a break and not get too frustrated (she still does plenty of unpicking herself).
Sew an organizer covered with pockets that you can hang in your closet! This easy sewing project is great for organizing sewing and craft supplies, fashion accessories, bathroom necessities, gift wrappings, and more. There are pockets on both sides plus a big interior pocket so every bit of space is used. I’ll show you easy step by step instructions for sewing this organizer and putting it to use in your home. Get sew organized today.
At my daughter Chloe’s high school (can you believe my baby started high school???), the lunch lines are so long that she has been skipping lunch! She’s always starving by the time she gets home because she doesn’t want to carry a big lunch bag as well as her heavy backpack – poor girl!
I am so in love with the beautiful look of simple patchwork quilts with lots of squares. This is the perfect way to use up fabric scraps like I did, or you can make a beautifully coordinated quilt with pre-cut 2 1/2’’ square fabric pieces that come in mini-charm packs.
I’m also in love with the process. If you feel like quilt making is your escape from the world and sitting down to sew for a few hours makes your troubles fade away… this is the quilt for you!
Sew an easy beautiful apron with this free sewing pattern that only uses one yard of fabric! Whether you are sewing for yourself or for a friend, an apron always comes in handy and makes a great gift. This blog post includes a link to a free template that I digitized for you.
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I had so much fun sewing with my 9 year old daughter Chloe this week. Rachel Low of Pins and Needles sent us a copy of her book Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion and asked us to join in her blog hop… how fun!
Sew a beautiful fall table runner with applique leaves! This free Autumn Leaves Table Runner Pattern includes all the applique files and instructions you need to sew a beautiful handmade table runner for your Thanksgiving table. UPDATE: This blog post…
Your kids’ backpacks all come with laptop pockets built right in… why not your next tote bag? Last week when I sewed up the Garden on the Go Bag. I decided to add a laptop pocket to the interior so I could bring my laptop along to the soccer field.
I’ve been counting the days until I could share this month’s Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics tutorial and giveaway with you! All because of the fabric Blend sent for us to use this month… the delightful collection ‘The Makers’ from Cori Dantini. It includes several panel prints with lovely ‘Makers’ sewing, knitting, and painting. They are so pretty and cinderella-ish. And the block that I chose for us to make this month – the Economy Block – is perfect for using fussy cut squares from your favorite fabrics.
I used to help out with the Boys and Girls club sewing classes, and one thing all kids need to know is how to thread the machine and wind a bobbin. When the thread breaks or the bobbin runs out, they are able to solve their own problems and feel good about their skills. I think it builds even more confidence, and pride in their projects.
Love the smiles that the finishes bring!!! She looks so happy.
I taught my oldest how to do french seams when I was showing her how to sew something, and now that she has done it a few times, it has become less painful to do those extra steps to make a garment or a bag look more professional.
We just made these same bags in our Friday afternoon sewing group, the last Friday of the month we make a project that is donated to charity. One of the ladies has been bringing her grandaughter and she did a great job sewing up her bag. we added simple pockets to the outside, but i really love your idea for the twill tape and rope!