Learn to Sew with the Community Helper for Q

05 September

Our Community Helper for Q is Quilter. My first choice was Quarterback, but the girls are more interested in sewing then football right now.

As a matter of fact, they have been asking for months to learn how to sew, so this seemed like a good time to start!



The girls love quilts and looking at all the pretty colors and fabric combinations in them.

They have several baby quilts of their own, and I am sure they have all watched either me or their Grandma quilting at some point.  They know how long it takes to make all those little stitches!


Supplies to Introduce Sewing to Kids





I went with tapestry needles for a couple reasons. First, they are blunt; yay, no needle pricks! Second, they have large eyes, so even at a young age, kids can practice threading them.

An entire strand of embroidery floss will fit through the eye of the needle too. Makes it easier to use since you won't have to separate strands just yet.

Steps to Start Kids Sewing


I drew a few simple designs on the plates for them to try to follow with their thread.


They were thrilled to pick out some embroidery floss, thread their needles, and get started sewing!


They quickly realized that while it was easy to keep the thread on the lines in the front of the plate, it was much more difficult when moving back through.

Several times we had to back up because someone brought their needle back to the front to find the line creating a thread circling around the edge of the plate. Eventually they got the hang of it by holding the plates up to the light, so they could see the design and the needle behind the plate.




The other thing that gave them a few problems was keeping the correct tension on the embroidery floss.  If they pulled too hard it would just tear right through the plate.

I figured they would do a couple each and be satisfied, but they kept on going!

They had me draw more designs, and they drew some of their own until all my little styrofoam plates were gone!


They were still pretty excited about their sewing once we were done, so perhaps they will learn to quilt someday too! 


Until then, they hopefully understand a bit more about the time and effort that goes into quilting!

Next step...actual fabric in an embroidery hoop!

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