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Another sewing lesson for Katie

2014 February 10
by elizabeth_admin

While I’m in town, I couldn’t leave without giving Katie another sewing lesson, now could I?  More on that later because first I have to show you what she worked on by herself.  Her first project was to make a dress for her doll using the floral cotton I gifted her, but it was too small.  Did she moan and cry when her intended project didn’t turn out as she planned?  NO!  She turned that too small dress into a pillow, filled with scraps.



When I asked her about the pillow and her thought process in sewing it, Katie said that she wanted the raw edges exposed all around, not just the opening where she stuffed the scraps.  I told her how she could do that next time.  Too cute.

Her next project was a strap for her yoga mat.  Apparently, she knew instinctively that she would need a tougher, stronger fabric to make the strap heavy duty.  So her mom found some old jeans and Katie used them to back the floral cotton, sewing them together and adding velcro for the closure.  I have to say, I find her sewing thought process very inspiring.  She’s thinking through what she needs notions-wise and has a clear idea of what the finished product should look like and how it should be sewn.  Katie really has a feel for this craft, doesn’t she?  Katie’s a natural I think.







So on to Katie’s lesson.  I thought I would teach her to make a simple shirred dress for Abigail, her doll.  We measured, cut out the fabric (to match the dress I made her a couple of years ago), and started sewing.  Two side seams, two hems, and some elastic thread for the shirring and Katie had herself a doll’s dress.  Oh, but let’s not forget the trim I bought for the dress at Pacific Trimming.  Katie sewed that on too as the finishing touch.  Here’s Katie at the machine, hard at work.



Adding the trim

Adding the trim


Detail of the finished dress

Detail of the finished dress



Katie in the dress I made her with the dress she made for her doll. Sweet!


How awesome is that?  I’m so proud of her.  And more importantly is how proud she is.  She and her doll wore their coordinating dresses to her birthday party this weekend.  All Katie’s friends were so impressed.  🙂

I will post about the outfit I made as part of her birthday present this year later.

I have to say that it is quite fun to teach Katie how to  sew.  She is quick learner, takes initiative, and is confident in her creativity.  What better combo is there for a creative person?  It’s quite satisfying to teach a young person.  Seeing the possibility of a lifelong love of sewing in her eyes fills me with happiness.  Even if she doesn’t take to it like I did, she has a good foundation for using a sewing machine in the future.  I wish I hard started when I was as young as she is.

In non-sewing news, the kids decoupaged notebook covers at Katie’s party and of course, I couldn’t be left out.  Here’s my effort.




Happy sewing everyone!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. February 10, 2014

    What a great student! How totally adorable. I really wish my kid did more than scoff at my sewing ability.

  2. February 10, 2014

    Wow, I am super impressed! She’s a natural!

  3. February 10, 2014

    I’m really enjoying reading about Katie’s start in sewing & your part in her journey – she’s developing such useful skills & being able to turn her imaginings into reality must be incredible! I’ll need to get my son started on sewing at a young age too!

  4. Judi permalink
    February 11, 2014

    Sooo cute! You are giving Katie the “want to” by making sewing fun, not complicated or difficult. I love that you are supportive instead of “controlling”…you are letting her come up with her own ideas. Sweet!!!

  5. February 11, 2014

    Wow. I am so impressed by Katie’s perseverance and problem-solving skills. You did a good thing by introducing her to making stuff at such a young age. Kudos to both of you.

  6. April 22, 2014

    I am so impressed with your daughter’s sewing ability! My daughter has a few dolls the same size as the American Dolls and I just can’t justify the prices they charge for those little outfits! You just inspired me to teach her to make them for herself.

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