Sewing is a very useful skill that we can learn from home or at school. It used to be a skill people knew as part of their life. Kids can learn sewing and show their creativity as early as 4 years old. Now, how do you keep your child interested in sewing? Here are some helpful tips.
- You can begin by showing your child the many different things you can make through sewing. Show her some cute dresses or even little stuff toys that you can make. By doing this, you will be motivating your child to learn this valuable skill.
- Now it is time for you to introduce to your child the different materials used in sewing. Show the different sizes of needles and mention that these are pointed and sharp so they better be careful when using these. You also need to show the different colors of threads that they may use as they go on with sewing. Show them printed and plain fabrics as well to make them feel excited about learning this skill. You can also introduce your child to the sewing machine and its different parts.
- Now it is time to sew! Take a piece of cloth, place lines that will serve as a guide for where they will place the needle with their chosen thread. Remember that there are different stitches to choose from and you should always start with the most simplistic style, which is the running stitch. If you are doing this by hand, continuously remind the child to be careful with the pointed needle. You may choose to start with thick threads or yarn so it will be easier. Show the child how to get started by doing the first, second or even the third stitch until he gets the process. Kids can be very impatient with sewing and every time they feel this, you have to be able to give them enough motivation to continue what they started. Help your child in using the scissors as well when cutting the thread or through the fabric.
- Now, it is time to give the child their first fabric to sew on with a little or no help. Again, there should still be a pattern or line to be followed. Let your child practice the same stitch over and over again until it becomes an easy task. Remember to keep an eye on your child while doing this, whether it is by hand or by a sewing machine. After they have mastered this, you may teach the child other stitches like back stitch, hemming stitch, blanket stitch, etc.
- After your child learns how to sew on a small fabric, you can now move on to creating their first sewing project. You can make simple hand towels, table cloths, shirts and skirts. You can even be more creative with your child as you work on a project by making unique pillow cases, napkins and pouches. You may also make use of old clothes and turn them into something wonderful like caps, bags, animal figures, stuff toys, etc.
Sewing is a wonderful skill that you may use as a bonding activity for you and your child. They will be able to showcase and grow their talent and creativity. It will also help them develop patience and perseverance. It will not only be useful today while they go to school and finish their projects but it will certainly be something that they will be able to use in the future. If your child has fun sewing, they will definitely do it again.
After they have mastered hand sewing I you might want to get them a sewing machine. The best sewing machine for a child is one that is easy to use, inexpensive and reliable.
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