My husband captured this scene from the other night. Even though I’ve only been a mother for six years, and I try never to rush the time by, I have to admit, I’ve always been anxious for my children to sew with me. My older two have both made a couple projects, but now even the littlest is anxious to sew with us! I think this is mommy’s dream come true. Now, that I’ve gushed a bit, let me show you our project!
We started with a 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle and I cut some little pictures out for my daughter to glue. I have her a little dish with some washable Elmer’s School Glue (we have used a glue stick in the past too, but glue sticks are harder for her to use with fabric). She positioned the fabrics where she wanted them with glue, and then I cut some extras to fill in the empty spaces.
After they were all glued, I ironed a piece of Pellon SF101 (woven interfacing) to the back of the panel. Then, we sat together at the machine and stitched around each piece. You could use a zigzag for more finished edges, but I like some fraying, so we just went around each piece 3 times. It took a LONG time, but we had fun sewing together, and I let her choose which piece to sew next!
When we’d sewn around all the pieces, we sewed the panel into a little drawstring bag using Svetlana of S.O.T.A.K. Handmade’s Drawstring Bag Tutorial. Between the interfacing and glue, the front of the pouch felt a little crunchy, so I tossed it in the wash with some sheets and then the dryer and it washed up great. I then trimmed all the frayed threads, so our bag had neat edges.
And here’s my little miss with the bag she made. Sure, I did most of the sewing, but what I love about this, is that most of the creative positioning was done by her, so she really feels like she made it, instead of just choosing fabrics! Now, while I’m going through scraps I’ve been choosing cute pieces and pre-cutting some fussy cuts to make another (and another) bag!
The best quote from the whole experience was when her dad announced bedtime and my daughter said, “I don’t want to go to bed, I just want to sew all day!”
If you have children, what do you sew with them? I’m always looking for fun ideas that suit my children’s ages (my middle girl is 4).