Welcome to Day 5 of SewCalGal's It's All About The Kids Blog Event! Lots of inspiration for kids and a few giveaways too. Head over to SewCalGal's to see the full list of blogs participating.
Because I enjoy it so much, I think it's important to make sewing available for kids. I spend some time every summer holding Kids Camps in our local fabric store. I think I have as much fun as the kids, though I have to keep moving to keep up with them!
Simplicity pattern 2164 last summer to make these cute bags. I chose it for its simple structure and purchased webbing for handles.
Pick out a project that is simple enough for a child. If they are overwhelmed, it won't be fun and they won't want to finish.
Take breaks. They have lots of energy, but it is hard to stay focused on most projects for more than a couple of hours.
Don't be too picky. If it holds together and there are no holes in the seams, it is ok, even if the seams aren't perfectly straight. You can guide them to try harder but don't discourage them by making them take out every seam. If it seems too hard they won't want to do it.
Help when needed. Even sewers with some experience need help occasionally, so don't worry that if you help with a tricky seam or turn handles right side out that they aren't making it themselves.
Thanks for joining me for this blogging event. I hope you are inspired to start a new project soon with your budding crafter/sewer.I'd love to hear about it when you do!