Sewing with and for children
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.
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.
- 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:)!
- Start with a project which inspires the child
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.
- 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.