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Sewing with your kids

myca99 | Posted in General Discussion on

The article link posted in Ckbklady’s post really inspired me to incorporate my son more into my sewing activities. I love the idea that it will boost his creativity. He is only 3, but if he hears me ripping fabric, he comes running in there so he can do it. Now I save all the ripping for him. Anybody else have anything their young kids can excel at in the sewing room?

-Michele-

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    blondie2sew | | #1

    Hi Michelle,As you may see in other threads I have posted...Both my girls sew..I have a 10 year old and a 5 year old...Check out a thread Called " A New Arrival" This is a thread I started when I upgraded my 10 year old's machine...But to answer your question...Yes my 5 year old when she was as bit younger..likes to push my tack off button/needle up and down button on my machine..she would stand on my chair behind me where I was sitting just watching and waiting to push those buttons as I sewed..she would have her sweet arm around my shoulders and her head to one side of my head...Wow those were sweet moments I will always cherish..but as of now since she like to sit down her self cutting..and sewing on her machine well I don't get that as often...But that is were it started with her..my oldest well she just at the age of 7 I believe wanted to
    sit down and sew..so there it began with herBut check out that thread I mentioned and there are a lot of others around about kids and sewing I and others have posted on just to get you ideas boosted!!Have fun!! And this way you get to sew a bit more as they will let you because you are making them apart of that and they still have that time with mommy!!

  2. Ckbklady | | #2

    I am grateful too, to cafms, for posting the article, and I don't even have kids! :) It is a pleasure to think that the accomplishment of sewing does so much for kids in this passive, computerized, drive-thru world.

    :) Mary

  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    My grandkids are older, 10, 13, 15.  The boys and 1 girl all love to embroider and sew and do many crafts.  They trim off all the "jump stitches" from my machine embroidery which is great. 

    If there is a homeschooling or teachers supply store in your town they may have age appropriate kits.  Doing any crafts with your child will teach them creativity and how to put things together.

      We always had age appropriate craft supplies available with rounded scissors, felt and fabric squares with different textures and prints, nontoxic glue and gluesticks, washable paints and markers, papers, cardboard, beads, buttons, yarn, tongue depressers sticks, rocks, fake flowers, etc.  We kept one box that they could sort through on thier own and one that was kept out of thier reach so we could supervise with things like scissors and sewing needles and such.  There are even dull plastic needles for cross stitching.  This gave them skills and confidence in lots of creative endeavors. 

    Letting them pick out patterns from patternbooks, letting them stuff the toys I made,  letting them pick out fabrics even if it is just for a pillowcase trim helps them be a part of it. 

    Also, as Blondie said, letting them push a button and sit nearby is fun for them too.  I still have the habit of unplugging my machines and putting the presser foot on the table...you can guess why! 

    I think as long as you remember to keep it short and sweet and age appropriate, you will enjoy this special time together.   Just remember that short attention span and let him decide when it is time to go discover other things! 

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