My oldest daughter, Brynn, likes to watch me sew. She hovers nearby, entertaining me with her chatter, and watches every move I make. Sometimes she sits on my lap while I use the sewing machine and she calls it sewing school. I decided that age four (almost five) is not too young to start actually sewing, so I asked her if she wanted to work on a project with me. Oh, you should have seen the joy in her little face!
For her first try, we decided to sew a special pillowcase for little sister Blair. Brynn tried valiantly to cut the fabric, but my scissors are a little dull and her hands were a little too small so she let me handle that step.
She watched me place one pin and then she took over. "Pinning is EASY, Mom!" was her comment. I may have to call on her more often in the future!
Then we got to work on the actual sewing. I was in charge of the pedal, Brynnie handled the reverse button and together we fed the fabric through. It was a good sewing school system.
(Ian wanted to be involved, so he handled pressing the seams and photography. He was quite pleased that he thought of doing a close-up without me telling him.)
Then, we tested out our end product and were pleased that it fit a pillow perfectly.
Finally, Brynnie got to enjoy the best wrap-up to a project possible: excited appreciation from the person who received it.
Next up: Hemming Hankies (which I think was MY first sewing lesson.)
Happy sewing school, everyone!
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