Summer brings a break in our normal schedule, so I invited two of my daughter's friends to a Summer Sewing School. I have two old sewing machines, so that was my limiting constraint. The girls brought the brightest spirits and a hunger to learn. They spoiled me as a teacher with their great attitude. Let me give you some details:
Felt from Heather Bailey's store.
Quilting cotton from The Sweetest Thing by Zoe Pearn and Riley Blake Designs.
(I purchased 1 yard cuts of almost the whole collection to give the girls a choice of fabrics.)
Sewing totes were discontinued, but can be found here.
Trim and buttons from Joann's. ( I purchased these in bulk to allow ample choices.)
Needle case pattern from My First Sewing Book edited by, Susan Akass
Bookmark - Self drafted pattern based on this Pinterest pin.
Owl Scissors holder - Self drafted pattern base on this Pinterest pin.
Drawstring pouch - Self drafted pattern
Keychain Self drafted pattern based on this Pinterest pin.
Pincushion pattern from My First Sewing Book edited by, Susan Akass
PJ Shorts - Self drafted pattern
PJ t-shirt embellishment - Each girl designed an original
Decoration of sewing totes based on pictures from Made by Me by, Jane Bull
We met six times for a few hours to work on our projects. Some of the handwork was assigned as homework. I had three sewing machines set up and plenty of workspace on my cutting table. The iron was supervised at all times. Six lessons was enough to introduce a few topics, but not gain expertise in anything. Nine year olds still need lots of supervision. I combined hand and machine sewing. One must learn both to be a great seamstress. After my projects were selected in the spring, a few really cute kids sewing books were published.......future schools.........I can see it...........
What I learned
When a little girl is interested in crafts and sewing, they have a huge appetite for it. The hardest part of planning a class is allotting the proper amount of time for each step and the pace of the worker. Running a good school isn't always about sewing knowledge, but how organized and prepared you are for the class period.
Enjoy my picture story of our class.
|Learning to use pins.|
|All attention on cutting.|
|Ironing with caution.|
|Crazy moments with the girls.|
|Showing the girls how to line up seams and pin.|
|Everyone on the sewing machines.|
|Marked our design with disappearing markers.|
|Adding buttons to our designs.|
|The girls made their PJ shorts and then hand embroidered a design on the purchased t-shirt.|
|Drawstring bags with embellishments.|
|All three pincushions.|
|Happy girls with their pincushion.|
|Felt needle case with cherries on front.|
|They were proud of their needle cases.|
|Felt owl scissor holders.|
|Hand-stitching these was tough. So happy to finish!|
|Lots of glue, trim, and buttons!|
|Cute original design for the inside of this box.|
|Love the sweet colors on this box.|
|Sewing cases ready for each girl.|
|All my projects by this sweetheart.|
|All my projects by another sweetheart.|
|All my projects from my daughter.|
Let's see what the future holds for more sewing schools.