Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sewing School: pandas and a pig
I gave Sewing School to my daughter for her 6th birthday. We had fun looking through it initially, but it's been collecting dust for months. "I don't like to sew," she said the few times I brought it up. CRINGE. I kept my reaction to myself... hoping she'd come around, because it's such a fabulous book. In fact, it's one of the best introductions to sewing for children I've seen. I was certain that she'd take to it, but I waited quietly. Tuesday night after dinner she picked it up. I held my breath. "Will you read this with me, Mama?" My casual "Let's" had a giddiness just beneath the surface. She realized instantly that her reading skills had improved immensely since the last time she'd opened it up. Being able to read the step by step instructions really excited her, but the speech bubbles filled with quotes from real young sewers sealed the deal. This page, in particular, got her itching to hold a needle and thread.
As an avid stuffed animal collector, the idea of designing and making her own stuffie was inspiring.
We had all the materials needed, and she proceeded to read aloud each step before doing it.
Bedtime was nearing, but she was so enthusiastic. And we all know that feeling of not being able to stop. I let her keep going. Proudly using the whipstitch for the first time, she completed her mama and baby panda and climbed into bed with them. A little later than usual... but happy as could be.
And what were her final words before falling asleep? "Can I sew another tomorrow"
Well, that snow day provided just the right backdrop for her next stuffie... she's calling him Pigalicious... and he's covered in mud.
Sewing School- if you've got children, definitely check out this fine resource for beginning sewing. It makes a lovely birthday gift... I'm certain my daughter would agree.