Now that our group has split and are attending 2 different dance troops, we don't have a s much time together as we used to. So we committed to offer our kids traditional fun style 'camp days' together this Summer! We're calling them 'Mom Camp Days' and what we are looking to do is to bring back traditional crafting and art skills that no longer seem to get taught. With the rise in electronic and STEM camps, sometimes the things that give our kids longer lasting memories get left in the dust. So we're making the effort to make sure our kids get them this Summer.
One of the things we want to instill is sewing.
Our kids all have their own machines now, and while they are beginner models,they allow them to do the basics. But we are also focusing on hand sewing, because you never know when you need to fix a hem, want to make some decorations, or just darn a sock!
This new book is one that we will be using:
Are you looking for the perfect guide to teach your child to sew? Look no further! Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Sewing starts with the absolute basics about stitching, beginning with simple hand sewing, then gradually introduces skills and techniques until kids are sewing safely and confidently at a sewing machine. Founders of The Sewing Tree, Janith Bergeron and Christine Ecker will guide you and your children through creative and fun sewing projects. With over 200 photos and clear, concise instructions in language easily understood by grade-school kids, you're going to be creating crafty sewing projects with your child in no time! Each project lists the sewing skills that will be exercised in making it and projects are rated for difficulty, so kids can learn and grow as they develop dexterity and coordination. Your children will learn to sew by making simple projects and building skills by practicing the essentials, and this book provides a sound foundation for a lifetime of sewing enjoyment.
this is a great book! it takes you, and your child, from the basics of hand sewing to machine sewing, with plenty of photos to explain EACH step in the process of making an item. And the projects are ones that kids will love to make, either for themselves, or to give as presents! Check out samples from the hand sewing section:
The machine sewing section starts off with paper sewing, to master straight lines and how to pivot with a needle (templates included). This is a very important step. I can remember my grandmother having me do the same thing (only she drew lines on a piece of paper with a ruler- no printers then! LOL). Then it is on to simple projects like a pot holder, frame, bag and cape. All of which teach basic skills.
Then the projects get a little more time consuming and harder. Each project is noted with an hour glass on the first page, telling you how long the project takes- helpful when you have a limited amount of time. These projects include sewing pockets for a bedside organizer, sewing a quilted bag and a pillow with a secret zipper compartment (for their diary!). Again, the sewing skills progress based on what they have already learned.
The last section allows for the creativity to come out and for kids to sew clothes, like shorts, a kimono and a poncho, that again stretch their skills, teaching them to follow simple patterns, learning to cut/sew on curves, and how you can alter patterns. The appendix then follows up with sewing machine basics, and Tool Kit and Fabric explanations. personally I think those last 3 should be in the beginning, and we started with them after we finished hand-sewing. it's up to you, but we wanted to make sure the kids knew the basics before they started sewing projects.
This is a fun book and we highly recommend it!
About the Authors:
Janith Bergeron and Christine Ecker founded The Sewing Tree in the spring of 2003 and enjoy teaching sewing to people of all ages and interests. They have developed a very comprehensive method of teaching from beginner to advanced students.
Janith Bergeron founded Designs by Janith in 1991, specializing in creating beautiful, custom-designed garments. She teaches classes at various sewing-related businesses and schools, striving to bring fun into every stitch and a sense of accomplishment into every project. Janith was the founder of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Sewing Guild in 2001. A Master Certified Sewing Educator-SEA (2008), a Trained Sewing Educator/S&CA since 2002, and a 4-H educator/leader, Janith has been a contributor to Threads magazine's Pattern Review since 2003. Janith lives in Barrington, New Hampshire.
Christine Ecker began sewing as a young child with her grandmother. Primarily self-taught, her sewing interests include specialty dresses, costumes, children's clothes, home decor, crafts, bags, and machine embroidery. As the owner of Stolen Time Creations, Christine worked closely with a local Portsmouth, New Hampshire, designer creating one-of-a-kind handbags. Christine was an active member of the board for the New Hampshire chapter of the American Sewing Guild. She has been a Trained Sewing Educator/ S&CA since 2004. Christine lives in Dover, New Hampshire.