Learn as much as you can
while you are young,
since life becomes too busy later.
~Dana Stewart Scott
I have had this post on my mind most of the summer. I taught 3 little sewing camps; two at the store and one at home. It took some time to plan, but I absolutely loved sharing my love of sewing with these little girls. They were so excited to have the opportunity to use a sewing machine and to create something that they could wear or use.
We did our camp in four days, four hours a day. Our first day we made aprons that I had personalized with their name in embroidery. The apron was made from a dish towel; we made a casing at the top and ran a ribbon through it for the ties; folded it to form pockets and sewed them down. I think they were precious, and the girls enjoyed having something the very first day that they could wear.
Our next project was a travel pillow. For the pillow I made sure that we had cute fabrics and a very basic pattern. We added a pocket to the front of the pillow and the girls used an edge foot to sew the pocket down with a straight topstitch. an added ribbon handle gave the project a little more color, and I know they used them for late summer vacations. Turning the pillow and stuffing it was next, and a very difficult task was closing the opening on the bottom with a hand sewn whipstitch. But they persevered and we we proud of our pillows.
Our third day was buttons and bows. We made hair bows that we sewed to a ready made headband, and learned how to sew a button onto a felt flower. Sweet Gracie went a step further with her button and made herself a ring!
Our final day was spent making a skirt. Each girl chose two coordinating fabrics and we made a gathered skirt with a two inch band at the bottom. Having precious models helped, but the fashion show with 5 little girls was a sight to behold!
The sight of these little ones at their machines just warms my heart. Everyone at the store said that it was evident who was enjoying the class the most....and I will give you a clue, it was not my little girls!