Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sewing with Children

I've been doing a lot of hand sewing lately and Princess has been eyeing my needle and thread rather longingly. I finally got myself together and got her some sewing supplies. I bought all of these supplies at JoAnn's. I don't have yarn, thus my purchase of these little spools--they were right next to the plastic canvases and were $1 each, except for the ones that were clearanced.

HOWEVER, don't be fooled (like me!) and buy the children's needles that also are stocked right next to the canvases because they don't actually fit through the holes on the plastic! So frustrating! Luckily I had a fairly blunt regular needle (a tapestry needle--not that I've ever sewed a tapestry) in my supplies that she was able to use.
Be sure to check the thrift stores, too! My St. Vincent de Paul had this bag of square canvases for less than a dollar! They had a bunch of other ones, too.
She was thrilled and got the hang of it right away. I threaded the needle (because the yarn really was too big for the eye of the needles I have) and tied a knot on the end of the yarn, and that was it!
She was so excited to be "sewing like Mama!!"
I had to kick her out of the house and make her go play outside--she wanted to stay inside and sew her little heart out!
The proud little seamstress with her first sewing project. I'm keeping it forever! She now is hard at work on a creation of her own design--alternating pink and purple rows on a square canvas.

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12 comments:

Jaime @ Our Journey said...

So cute!! That look of concentration on her face is precious!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

She looks so proud. Precious!

daniii♥ said...

That's awesome!! I remember when I was little and learned how to sew on those things, too. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough (though she does try to use my crochet hooks).

Darlene said...

What a great idea and she did an awesome job!!! LOVE it!!!

Connie Weiss said...

What a fabulous idea! I can't wait to do this with my kids.

Carrie said...

Oh how great!!!!

Karen and Chris said...

Soooo precious! I can't wait for my cupcake to be old enough to sew alongside me. This idea is brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

That is so awesome! She has that look in her eye...she's been bitten by the sewing bug!

vanessa said...

What a great idea. I will have to look for those plastic things. Your daughter's project turned out beautifully!

Kim said...

Oh, I loved doing these kind of crafts when I was little. It did turn out great! She will be one talented seamstress if she keeps this up. :-)

Karri said...

Such a proud girl!!! So cute! Miss N would love that - she adores patterns. I am trying to teach her to knit, but its slooow progress.
Was that just a plastic yarn needle you bought? It looks like the ones I use for weaving in my ends of my knitting. That would be why they were so huge.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

No, Karri, not a yarn needle--it is a "children's needle" and sold right alongside the canvases--there is NO other sewing stuff in that area in my JoAnn's. These needles clearly were marketed to be sold with the canvases that they don't fit in. Crazy!

~ Sarah