Kid + Sewing = Teaching
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.
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.
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. 😉
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!