After numerous attempts trying to teach my girlie how to sew, we finally decided the best route for her to learn would be taking a class from someone else. I know that’s a bit strange coming from a homeschooler, but there are times our kids need the fresh encouragement from someone other than their mom. I’ve taught other kids how to sew, cook, and the love of reading and this time it was my time to turn the teaching over to another professional.
She’s been taking a little class at a local homeschool group and she loves it! Her attitude is completely different with someone else. It was hard for me to accept at first, but it’s okay. She’s having a great time and more importantly, she’s developing a love of sewing.
She decided to make a purse for my niece. She came up with the plan and pattern herself. I love what she made! She even came to me for a little assistance! Warmed my heart!
Anyway, here’s her first completed project.
My niece loves giraffes, so she found this fabric at JoAnne’s and thought it would be perfect. She cut two large rectangles from the giraffe fabric. She loves making pockets and little storage compartments. As you can see, she placed one pocket on the exterior. There is another pocket in the interior. Button holes have not come up yet, so she just cut a slit. She has learned how to sew a button on.
Every girl needs a coin purse, so she made a small coin purse to go with the purse.
She finished the purse with two ribbon shoulder straps. She used a 1″ wide ribbon and sewed it on. We discussed the fraying that can happen with ribbon so we purchase a tube of Fray Check at Joanne’s.
She’s also started a skirt to give away. Love seeing her working so hard on these projects!
Note: I think as a homeschool mom, I thought I could do a fairly decent job teaching, or at least introducing, arts and crafts along with educational material. I’ve realized, sometimes, our kids learn better from someone else and that’s okay. Having a friend who’s an excellent knitter is a great thing! She can teach your child to knit, perhaps easier than you can. I’ve had a number of moms send their kids to me to learn to cook and it’s an honor to pour into these little lives. Share you gifts with others in your homeschool community. I definitely could have used a seamstress friend!