Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sewing with my three year old!

Sewing with my three year old!
Whenever Serenity sees me sewing, she asks if she can help too.  I’ve tried lots of ways to get her involved in my projects.  I let her hand me things, put pins on the pincushion, and even press the foot pedal of the machine for me.  She loves helping, and does a really good job paying attention when we’re working.  When I was doing some hand stitching, she even would take turns pulling thread through after I’d take a stitch.  So when I saw little felt buttons at Jo-Ann’s, I knew it was the perfect way to get her started with her own project!

At first we started with a rectangle of cream felt, and I cut out a heart from light pink felt for her to appliqué.  I used embroidery floss and a big needle.  We tried it with plastic and dull needles at first, and while it worked, it turned out to just be easier with a regular poky needle.  She is very careful not to touch the sharp part of the needle, and I make her sit very still so she doesn’t accidentally poke anything.  I hold the fabric while she sews.  Her stitches are random and all over the place, but it is just the cutest thing =)  Eventually we’ll work on that but right now she’s just going straight up and down through the fabric.

Then she chose where she wanted to sew on the felt buttons and flowers, and she did it!  I helped her find the first hole sometimes, and helped her to sew knots to tie it off.  She can cut her own thread too.

She was so excited she took her sewing in to show and tell.  She said she was going to tell her friends “I love it!  You take the needle and DON”T TOUCH THE POKY PART!” 

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