Work Hard, Play Harder: Sew Much Fun

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecc. 3:1) Join us as we explore a season of fun and family! Help us discover new ways to enjoy family time and build lasting memories.

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Summer_work-playNow I know sewing might not be fun for everyone. To be honest, at times, it isn’t much fun for me. (At least, not in those moments when I am wrestling with my machine or trying to stuff an oversized pillow and sew it shut.) Generally though, sewing is a lot of fun!

There’s nothing quite like taking a scrap of fabric, or an old item you plan to reuse, and turning it into something creative and unique. My girls have been practically begging me to dig out the sewing machine (I keep it tucked away, we don’t have room for a sewing area in our house. I wish!) and teach them the ropes. This week, that’s just what we did!

While I usually tend to jump into life’s activities full throttle, I am trying to understand that kids usually do not do well with this method; especially when it comes to new skills being learned. I thought we had better ease our way into machine sewing and did some online searching for the perfect project to start us off.

What I found was an amazing website, with a section specifically designed for teaching little people how to sew. Skip to My Lou was just what I was looking for. I downloaded her helpful practice pages and off we went!

Sewing Practice Sheets

Click on the picture to be directed to the Skip to My Lou website.

So far, the kids are really liking it. Even my little man was excited to get in on the fun. He was the first to test out the machine. (As he is the youngest, I thought it best to let him go first and not test his patience.) They all did a wonderful job on their projects.

The first sheet, dot-to-dot, we did with a simple stitch. Nothing fancy, just an opportunity for them to better learn the skill and how to work the machine. The second sheet, the maze, we chose to be a little more creative. For each line of the maze, the kids were allowed to test out various patterns that came on our sewing machine. All together, we have over 26 different stitches to work with.

We learned a lot today! We experimented with stitch length, width, and tension. They learned how to thread the machine and thread the bobbin. They learned how to start off a project, turn corners, and finish neatly.

As this was the kids’ first attempt at machine sewing, we thought doing these two sheets was enough for one day. After all, one machine and four kids takes a lot of time! In the future, I might need to invest in one more; just so the kids aren’t having to wait as long to get some work in. We’ll see…

For future projects, because there will be future projects, I think we will be using quite a few ideas found on Nana Company; as well as Skip to My Lou. Nana Company has a plethora of ideas, starting with THIS adorable snack mat.

A great day of fun. Plus, it knocked another ‘pin’ off my list of ‘to-dos’!

Time to Chime In: Do your children sew? Who taught them and how often do they put their skills to use?

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15 thoughts on “Work Hard, Play Harder: Sew Much Fun

  1. I find quilting relaxing. My daughter and I have made a quilt top together (when she was about 12), but she hasn’t quilted it yet. It does take a bit of patience. Thank you for the link. It’s great that you introduced your sewing to your children. 🙂

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  2. Hi! My daughter sews but not my sons. She never wanted to be taught the homemaking arts, though. She always said, “Mom, you taught me to read, now buy me a cookbook.) Or a sewing manual, etc. When she learned that patterns include lots of directions she was amazed that people needed to learn how to sew. I told her it was the little things like backstitching, that throw people off and she was amazed that some people never ever watched their moms sew. Ha! However, recently she called me and asked me how to put in a zipper. Hmm. Seems we accidentally missed a lesson there. 🙂 However, she knew enough I could just tell her, and it all made sense. Whew!! 🙂

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    • I’m sure my mother would have loved to teach me to sew. Unfortunately, I think she was limited in her own knowledge (her mother didn’t sew at all, so didn’t teach her) and her lack of time. Being a single mother is hard work.

      If she could have, I’m sure she would have loved teaching me. We do work on projects together occasionally though. Often, if I want to learn something, I look it up on YouTube and just figure it out on my own.

      I feel like Edison. I’ve found a thousand ways NOT to make a skirt. 🙂

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  3. This is awesome! I only have boys, but they’re interested in sewing. I’ve just never felt competent enough to teach them how (I sew fairly well, but teaching is whole other story!). I’ll definitely look at the sites you found for teaching kids to sew. 🙂

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  5. I absolutely love sewing, but was cautious not to push it onto my daughters. No need! They love it already. At 5 and 3, they share their own machine. Its very simple, and the needle only rises very low (so little fingers cant get poked).
    I give them scraps and away they go. I had started planning how to give them little lessons, but havent yet. They seem to thrive on deciding what they are making themselves and sewing little bits onto other bits.
    Cant wait until they can make things from patterns!

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