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Kid + Sewing = Teaching

2014 November 7
by elizabeth_admin

Hey sewing peeps!

In sewing news around here, I mean besides Halloween costumes and the such, I have started to teach a kindergartener how to sew.  How cute is that?

She is very interested in learning.  Before our first lesson she had already cut and glued together her first dress.  When her mom showed me a picture, I couldn’t believe how well she cut out the dress.  The neck hole and arm holes were perfect.  She has a very intuitive sense of turning a 2D fabric into a 3D shape.  I was very impressed.

For our first lesson, I taught her how to thread a machine and to sew on straight lines and curvy lines and how to pivot with the needle down.  Then we made a fleece pillow and sleeping bag for her Barbie.  She was a little afraid of the needle on the machine and kept her hands way far away, but she is getting more brave with each lesson.

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For our second lesson, we made a reversible a-line skirt for her doll.  She used her new skill of pivoting the fabric while the needle was down.

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Then for our 3rd and 4th lesson, we made a skirt to complement her doll’s skirt with the same fabrics but different pattern, an elasticized waist gathered skirt in two layers.  She was so pleased to put on her new skirt when we finished it today.  It fit perfectly and fell at just the right point under her knees.  SO CUTE!!!!  I hope she shows off her new skirt tomorrow at school.  😉

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Initially, I thought that maybe she was too young to teach at 6 years old, but she is very motivated, has an intense interest and is a great student.  She soaks up the information and retains it from week to week.  She is getting much braver with the machine too.  I’m so pleased with her progress.

Now I have to figure out what we’ll make for her next lesson.  I better get a whole curriculum together!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Carol Mendoza permalink
    November 7, 2014

    Elizabeth, I think this is fabulous that you are doing this! It is great that she is so interested and is so smart! My grandson is 8 and he is only interested in watching the sewing machine stitch out embroidery designs for some strange reason! He is intrigued by that.

    When I saw your first post about you teaching to this little girl, I immediately thought about what our American Sewing Guild is doing for their community service – TAG – Teach Another Generation to sew. Our ASG chapter is teaming up with Ann Tillage, a local fashion designer and owner of the Mobile Fashion Camps, to help her while holding these camps. I thought of her when I saw your post, especially when you mention needing to get a curriculum together! Her website is http://www.fashioncamps.org. I thought you might be interested and possibly find some ideas for future projects. The mobile camps are for children ages 7 – 17 years old. Ann is speaking at our ASG meeting in January to give us more information. We are really excited about teaming up with her.

    Again, I just wanted to tell you that you are awesome!! I can’t wait to see what she sews next!

  2. November 7, 2014

    How cute! Her projects look awesome. I think it would have been really great to have someone to teach me how to sew when I was younger – I always wanted to make costumes and doll clothes and fun things like that, but none of my geographically close relatives knew how to sew, and there weren’t really a lot of options for kids in my area when I was growing up. Very cool to be inspiring the next generation though. Hopefully you both keep having fun with your lessons!

  3. Kristen permalink
    November 7, 2014

    That is awesome! I learned to sew when I was in second grade and it stuck! What a cutie she is….

  4. November 8, 2014

    Great work! Get them while they’re young 😉

    My mother used to sew when I was young and neither I nor my brother and sister even remember having to learn things like basic threading and the correct way to sit at a sewing machine. But I also did two one semester stints of teaching sewing to teenagers and that’s when I realized that sewing in a straight line is, apparently, a learned skill…

  5. Judi permalink
    November 8, 2014

    Fun! Would you maybe want to teach sewing full time?

  6. November 9, 2014

    She is a gem! She has already accomplished a lot and I am glad you two found each other.

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