Teaching My Kid to Sew

My five-year-old son started to learn sewing and I am very happy about it! He is always interested in his father’s job what I can understand: he works in a lab where he sometimes takes our son to and they check out cool stuff under the microscope. What little boy wouldn’t love that, right? I can totally understand his enthusiasm and this is why I was really happy when he asked if he could try out my sewing machine. I have something cool, too! But before I let him try that out I encouraged him to try sewing by hand.

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He did not love it as much because the progress is slow but he finished a few projects and I am extremely proud of him! When he finishes something by hand I let him on the sewing machine as a reward. His first project was the heart on the black paper where I punched the holes prior to his sewing: I made it very easy for him so he could have a quick successful project and would hopefully want an other one. And so he did. The next was the heart from felt: isn’t he adorable showing proudly his work?

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Then we tried some buttons: the button tree on the right bottom picture is actually our inspiration from the Internet but he made a very similar one. I shipped it to his great grandma for Christmas and forgot to take a picture but you get the idea. After that he made a “maze” with the sewing machine. He really enjoyed that particular project. I put a bucket upside down under the sewing desk and put the pedal on top of that because his legs aren’t long enough to reach the floor if he is sitting on the chair properly. It was fun for both of us. But also difficult for me because I needed to remind myself that his work doesn’t have to be perfect, he just needs to have fun right now. It was so difficult to keep my hands away and not to correct every little mistake he made. But I think he is a quick learner and he still shows interest which is great!

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Our current project is a sleeping bag for his dragon. My son sleeps with a stuffed dragon and he always tucks it into his own sleeping bag, right over his chest which is getting uncomfortable for him. Although the dragon is my son’s best buddy he certainly needs his own sleeping bag. We started the project by machine sewing and it went really well and my son enjoyed the fact that it went so quickly! But now I told him to hand stitch the sides which slowed the project down very much. When he is in the mood (not very often), he says he would do 5 stitches then he puts it away again. Progress is slow but we surely will get to the end eventually.
The funny thing is that now he thinks that I have some kind of superpower and tells me to make him a REAL astronaut suit or just simply sew him “furniture for his aircraft” what he is going to build. I told him that I’ll do that when the aircraft is ready… 😀 Sewing IS a superpower!

Do you remember what was your first sewing project or what did you teach to your little one?

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3 thoughts on “Teaching My Kid to Sew

  1. Yes, my mother still has (and uses) the pin cushion I made for her in 1973 when I was five! It is a fine balance teaching kids the correct method and allowing little mistakes to pass without comment. Keeping the enthusiasm is the most important thing as technique will follow. Looks like you’re doing a great job with him!

  2. A sleeping bag for his dragon is a great idea, and so cute! My Mum taught me to sew too and it was her inspiration, and patience, that left me with the lifelong enjoyment. And she learnt from he grandmother. We still have some of the table cloths that he Nanna sewed.

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