Over the course of my short vacation, I’ve visited a Montessori school of one of nieces where they were actually teaching their Grade 1 students how to sew. That was one of the quietest rooms I’ve witnessed that’s full of kids!
The kids there were probably around 6 to 7 years old, both girls and boys, all attentively minding their every stitch. This my major takeaway from the trip and started exploring ways to also teach the kids around our block basic stitching. I know for sure that kids easily get curious with the sewing machine. They want to learn it, ASAP. But when it comes to sewing newbies, adults included, it’s always best to start learning and loving the hand stitch first.
It’s been a week since I started my ’&sewing for kids’ summer workshop in our community. It has been a truly fun and rewarding experience, so far. Here some pointers that may help you if you want to take on a similar sewing project, as well, whether it’s for an entire group of kids or just for your sons and daughters at home.
Like any beginnings, always start with small and simple projects. Small in this case means something that is not too grand, in order to prevent overwhelming your tiny sewing learner. As for my case, I gave them a plain white fabric to play around with. I drew a different pattern that they can follow using the straight stitch. Make sure to use a sturdier fabric for this project to make it easier for the kids.
Color it up
I also made sure to make the workshop as fun and colorful as possible, by allowing them to use different colors of threads for a single pattern. This likewise taught them well how to knot, lock, and start over with putting the thread inside the needle. The color harmony may not have been the best but the look on their fascinated faces say that it’s a good one.
I know I’ve recently talked about starting with small projects. Now, this should be complimented with bigger materials, from the needle, fabric, scissors, tapes, etc. This is simply for the safety of your young learners. For instance, in my workshops, I first introduced them to tapestry needle. This way, I am more confident for them to not lose the needle at any point on the activity.
One mom, who also taught her kids how to sew actually used paper plate for their first few training. Paper plate makes a really stable canvass, which ensures their safety while sewing. Be creative in the materials, because it will look even more interesting for the kids, as well.
Introduce the sewing machine
We all know that the end goal of these kids when it comes to learning the craft of sewing is to also get their hands on that sewing machine, eventually. Once they finish their first few projects, take them on a mini sewing machine tour. Let them touch it, and explain what each part does. Chances are they’ll hold off the sewing machine experience for a little longer.