Getting Children Excited about Sewing

| 1/8/2009 4:59:37 PM

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Showing off a finished draw string bag.

Getting children interested in and passionate about sewing is more than just buying those huge plastic needles, colorful yarn, and throwing down some crisp construction paper. That just aint gonna fly next to all the other stuff competing for your child’s attention.

Having recently become foster-to-adopt parents, Josh (my husband) and I began working to come up with creative ways to get the children to take an active role in simple living. This is no easy task. Nope.

Helping make muffins

We started by taking baby steps: cooking, baking bread and cookies to give away, and making up a batch of homemade laundry detergent. The children loved each task and seemed to grasp the beauty of ownership when presenting their homemade goodies to friends and family. The words “I made these just for you” build so much confidence. Yet there was so much more to our lifestyle than simply cooking and creating household cleaners.

Just as any other thrifty and active family, we have a constantly growing mending pile. In fact, it expands to rapidly that one might think that it enjoys regular exposure to radioactive waste. As I pulled out my trusty sewing machine to tackle ripped jeans, torn sleeves, displaced pockets, split seams, missing or broken zippers, and countless button issues – I realized a huge department in our lives that we had yet to introduce to the children.


5/20/2012 4:18:47 PM

very good information, would love to see articles available in a pdf format so I could save on hard drive for later reading and reference.

1/17/2009 6:10:32 PM

My kids all started with drawstring bags. Unfortunately, the youngest didn't as we restructured our lives before she came along and have not done sewing. I should say, I haven't done much sewing, but the oldest has done alterations to her clothes and we did do a sewing class in which the two oldest did some sewing. The youngest will get her chance soon.

1/10/2009 9:53:08 PM

Hey Miss Lacy! We lovvvve Grit! I am going to pour through all of my magazines again before spring to see if I can glean anything new before the new planting season begins. Which will begin about two months earlier than last year for us. You are one rockin' cool lady, Miss Lacy! How exciting that all those way-cool things that you learned can now be passed on to your dear children. Awesome!!

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