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Teaching your child to sew

Its been a delight to have a little time to sew for and with my daughter in the post Christmas breath and relax time. For far longer than I care to admit A has been asking me to make her some nappies for her dolls which wee. Disposable dolls nappies are shocking in price and yet it is so easy to make your own.

Create dolls nappies from fabric scraps and an old towel

I used the disposable dolls nappy as a template, an old towel and a variety of fabric to whip up a few. The overlocker objected to the towel but I coaxed it along!

  • Spark your child’s interest

Creating a practical item sparked her interest in sewing (I guess making her clothes seems too far removed from her skill level to relate to).  She decided she would like to make duvets for her dolls bunk beds.

Dolls duvet covers from pillowcases, teach your child to sew with projects they love

  • Focus on basic sewing skills

This was a great quick project, she practised using pins and sewing a straight line. This is a fun and quick project, great for learning basic sewing skills. You can imagine her delight when I explained that by using pillowcases they had three seams sewn for her:)!

Inspirational books for teaching your child to sew

  • Start with a project which inspires the child
Last year our neighbour kindly gave her a book all about learning to sew. I think its a great read but at the time it did not strike a chord for her. This year I bought her Martha Stewarts book Crafts for Kids, she is bookmarking projects she likes the look of. It has motivated her to design and hand sew up soft toys for her and her brother.

This has brought her great delight, she took one into school and has taken requests for making more:) She is using upcycled sweaters for her soft toys.

Upcycled cuddly toys, use former sweaters to inspire your child to sew

  • Create time

There is no rush, sewing can be a lifelong pleasure. Taking  a step from sewing for the Etsy shop (which is rather empty!) and blogging created time for us to enjoy sewing together and alongside one another.

Do you have any top tips for teaching children to sew? We are sticking to projects she wants to make, that are quick and simple.

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DIY Leaf Prints

DIY Leaf Prints
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A beautiful sunny day, combined with children objecting to a walk in the woods – whats one to do but find a craft orientated activity on pinterest and arm them with a bag for collecting the necessary resources!!

countryside walk

The day was a truly beautiful autumn day. I was delighted I had packed my camera:)

Autumn berries

Autumn fungi

For some time I had fancied having a go at leaf prints – basically hitting leaves with a hammer which transfers the natural juices from the leaf onto watercolour paper.

We collected a wealth of different leaves. The tutorial I read advised that some variety’s are more succesful than others.

Back at home my son patiently waited his turn for the hammer, creating beautiful arrangements with his collection of materials.

Leaves and accorns

He enjoyed his turn with the hammer.

hammer leaves, leaf prints

He was not deterred by an uneven unpredictable result. On virtually all prints it is easy to identify where the hammer hit the leaves.

Red leaves, leaf print

But that doesn’t matter – we had great fun:) What’s your favourite leaf craft activity?

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Cyanotype photograpy, summer holidays craft activity

Cyanotype photograpy, summer holidays craft activity
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Cyanotype photography is the use of light sensitive emulsion to create an image.

We have had great fun experimenting with this technique whilst staying at Kelling Heath – there are distinct advantages when staying at a large campsite including free craft activities!!  Adam Shawyer led a workshop, encouraging all ages to join in and have fun exploring the shapes made with a wide selection of materials.

Variety of materials

Objects are placed over the top of the paper coated in light sensitive emulsion, and then exposed to daylight. The objects block the sunlight leaving the paper white, where there is no object the paper changes colour thus creating a print.

The tot decided to place as many objects as he could on his piece. I particularly like the pattern the netting has created.

Experimenting with design

My daughter used paper shapes, natural plants and a couple of metal shapes to create a picture of flowers.

Once they had created their designs the materials were placed on the paper and a sheet of acetate clipped over the top to hold the items in place.

materials held in place with acetate

Next step to expose the paper to daylight (we were fortunate with a break in the rain!) for eight minutes. Finally the paper was washed in water.

rinse exposed picture

Our mission – to buy some light sensitive emulsion.

Cyanotype photography details

I highly recommend attending workshops led by Adam Shawyer – a great tutor for all ages. Plus a big thanks to Kelling Heath for supporting local artists as part of their ethos. This is the first time we have taken advantage of day time activities, despite staying many times before. Lets just say it was a rather rainy holiday:)

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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