Tips For Teaching Kids To Sew

 

teachingtopicTeaching your child a new skill can be challenging. That is why many of us pay other people to teach our children new skills, like swimming, piano, etc. When it comes to sewing, I love the idea of children being taught at home by their parents and grandparents, the way it used to be done. Below are some tips that I have developed after teaching many children to sew, including my own.

  1. Start with an actual project. Children do need to learn the basics of how the machine works, but I believe you need to make the process into an actual project. Children like to have something to show off. My daughter’s first project was an unbacked “crazy” quilt for her doll. While making this little quilt, she learned how to control the machine, how to line up the fabric, and general basic operations like sew lines, and backstitching. She did not even realize that she was learning, because she was focused on her project.
  2. Let them choose the project that they are going to do. This will help to keep them interested and engaged. You don’t have to give them many choices. You can simply ask them what they would like to sew and then offer them 2 or 3 choices. You can do a quick internet search to find a few options. You can start with free patterns and  then progress to paid patterns. Show them what you find and ask them to choose one to try.
  3. Choose projects with forgiving seam allowances. For example, it is o.k. if your child does not maintain a perfect seam allowance when sewing a stuffed animal, a quilt, or a small bag. Seam allowance control can be hard for even adult learners. That is why I encourage first time sewers to start with projects that do not have to fit something. You may want to stay away from sewing clothing or doll clothing in the beginning .
  4. Briefly explain the why’s for all the steps in sewing. Remember briefly! Kids are amazing sponges for knowledge. They will remember what you tell them and it will help them feel secure about the process.
  5. Make sure they are comfortable. They may not feel at ease the same way you do. Try different tables heights, or place a box under the foot pedal for the machine.
  6. Take frequent breaks. In the beginning, my daughter would sew for about 10-20 minutes at a time. Then she would need to do something else. Do not push them past their limit or they will see it as a chore and not a fun skill.
  7. Let them make mistakes! Don’t stop them immediately or try to jump in and fix it. Teach them how to correct mistakes and explain how and why clearly. Mistakes are how you learn!!! Remind them it is O.K. and tell them you make mistakes, too. You may even have an example to show them.
  8. Cultivate their creativity!!!!!!! Just because you do not like their fabric choices, it doesn’t mean their project will not be beautiful to them. They see things that we do not!! My daughter amazes me all the time.
  9. Lastly, HAVE FUN! This is a bonding experience that they will always remember. Make it a positive, loving memory, that they can treasure and you can, too.

Go out and sew with your kids today!!!

We would love to see what you and your boys are making!!! #SWB #boyssew

SWB Round-Up: Valentine’s Day

We love to love on those baby boys of ours (no matter how old they are)!

Here is some project inspiration to help you prepare for loving-est day of them all!

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Get ready to receive sweet notes with this Valentine’s envelope.

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Dress him up with this classic Valentine airplane tee.

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Let him deliver Valentines in style with this felt robot bag.

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And just because he’s older doesn’t mean he can’t get in on the fun with this Minecraft inspired tee!

Happy Sewing!

Basic Summer Tank Tutorial

Whether you’re dreaming of warmer days — or smack dab in the middle of them — here’s a tutorial for a basic summer tank. It comes together quickly, and has loads of room for showcasing your boy’s personality!

Let’s begin:

Supplies

*An old tee shirt (a men’s M was used here to make a 3T)

*rib knit for finishing arms/neckhole

*a well fitting tee to draft your pattern

*paper to use for your pattern

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SWB Round-Up: Denim

A boy and his favorite pair of jeans…dirty, frayed, ripped, worn, and crawling with memories!

From getting your little man started on denim to helping his favorite pair go the extra mile, we’ve got some inspiration to keep the adventures coming!

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Get him started young with these durable denim bibs.6879477088_7b451458b4_o

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SWB Round-Up: Week 1

It’s time! It’s time to pull out those projects you meant to finish (or begin!) during your holiday rush. It’s time to master something old, or to try something new!

It’s time for inspiration…and here are a few things to get you started:

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Give into your boy’s wild side (while still keeping him warm!) with this sweet Hooded Scarf!

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Let your little man save the day with a fast Superhero Cape!

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Washable Drawing Pad Tutorial

 

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Supplies Needed:

  • 1 yard of white or light colored cotton woven fabric.
  • 1/3 yard fun printed woven fabric(printed cotton or printed flannel, I used flannel n the tutorial)
  • 1.5 yards Fusing (It comes in 15” and 17” wide. I used 15” Pellon Brand)
  • Iron
  • Sew machine or hand sewing needles
  • Thread
  • Serger optional
  • Pinking shears optional

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