Most days as soon as we get back from school in the afternoon a certain young lady asks if she can play on the Nintendo DS, often she is allowed 10 minutes to play and then her sister has a go and then it gets put away. One day last week after school I said ‘no, no screen time today’ which means no DS, no watching and no x-box. I was not however banned from sewing and had been looking at something on line and Bethan started looking at Ayumi’s blog Pink Penguin and had spotted the lovely pincushions that she makes. Bethan decided that she would like to make one, so we printed off the template and Bethan then spent a happy half hour choosing scraps from the blue scrap box.
We had a little time for sewing before dinner, so I showed her what to do as she had never used the sewing machine before (that’s right I hog it!), and she managed to sew straight lines without too much trouble.
The project then got left until Saturday morning and she decided she would like to finish it so she could take it to school for Show and Tell on Monday. So a few more pieces of fabric sewn together and we were ready to stitch the front and back together. Bethan managed this bit quite well, although she forgot to stop before the first corner so I had to intervene and get her back on track, but other than that quite competently done.
The pincushion duly trimmed and turned the right way out, Leah came to assist with the stuffing (using polyfiber rather than potentially very messy crushed walnut shells!), I handstitched the pincushion closed at Bethan’s request and here it is:
To say she was pleased with herself is an understatement:
She then went on to help sew her Treasure Pocket Pants and yesterday spent a lot of time asking if she could have a turn. While I was pressing quilt blocks she quickly sat in my seat and sewed showing Leah how to do it and talking like a professional! She raided my textile recycling bag and picked out some very worn vintage sheets, it’s her new project, she’s been making notes and measuring and tells me she’s making a dress! Looks like we might have to invest in another machine or there might be arguments over whose turn it is.
You might be disappointed or pleased depending on your viewpoint that they spent a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon playing X-box while I sewed in peace!
So have you ever sewed with children? Can you recommend simple projects which would interest a 7yr old?
STOP PRESS: Bethan said last night while getting ready for bed that she wasn’t going to take the pincushion for Show and Tell because it looked silly without any pins in, so she’s going to take her Treasure Pocket Pants instead!
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