I learned to sew as a young teen, many years ago. Back in those days, I could babysit for the neighborhood kids and make $2.00 and go to the little dime store downtown and buy a pattern and enough fabric to make a new dress. That was how I got new clothes! Through lots of years of trial and error, a few sewing classes along the way, and many opportunities to make clothing for myself and my family, sewing is just part of who I am. So when all of my daughters found other hobbies or interests, it was just part of like, knowing that “Mom will make that for me,” or “Mom will fix that for me.” I suppose when Mom can do it for you, why would you want to do it for yourself?
As my older daughters have become mamas themselves, there has been a bit of an interest in learning to sew, and my oldest daughter now sews beautiful dresses and skirts for herself and her two girls. So when three of our granddaughters expressed interest in learning to sew, that made this Grammie’s heart happy! Last weekend two of the granddaughters were here for a visit and the first thing they announced when they arrived was, “I want to learn to sew, Grandma!”
OK, well let’s work on that in the morning . . . and so we planned to “learn to sew.” Of course, with no understanding of what it really takes to be able to sew something rather complex, one of them said, “I want to make a skirt!” Hmmmmm . . . . . well, let me think about that for a minute. Of course I have tons of fabric for the girls to choose from so that wasn’t a problem. The other one then announced with enthusiasm, “I want to make a dress!” Time for Grandma to give some basic sewing advice: first you have to learn to sew before you can make something that complicated, and that will take a bit of time.
So let’s start by learning to stitch two pieces of fabric together using a needle and thread. We’ll eventually get to the skirts and dresses, but for today let’s just learn how to thread a needle and hand stitch a few seams. They were excited to learn how to do that, and I had a pile of 6″ squares in pretty fabric that I had left over from a previous project, so I got them started. I was surprised at how quickly they were able to master the stitches (especially since one of them is left-handed so I had to kind of wing it with her). So they sat in my sewing room for several hours stitching those squares together until they had several strips that they then asked me how to stitch together to make a doll quilt.
By the time they had to leave they both had stitched enough squares together to make a small “blanket” for their dolls and a little sewing kit each that we put together for them. They picked out three different fabrics and matching thread; we put that in a zip lock bag with a few pieces of ribbon, some straight pins and a couple of needs and a small pair of scissors. They were so excited! I told them that I will be up to see them in a couple of weeks and I’ll bring them each a few more things for their sewing “kits” and we’ll keep practicing. We might even have time to learn the basics of using a sewing machine and then we can really make a skirt or even a dress.
Here are a few super simple, basic beginner sewing projects that I found so that when I see the girls next time we can choose a project and work on it together. Another one of the granddaughters who is just a bit older than the two that came for a visit last weekend, also is interested in sewing. She has had some sewing experience through her participation in 4H, so she is ready for her own sewing machine. I’m planning to buy a beginner machine to take to her when I go visit them all and then we will have a fun day sewing, just Grammie and the Girls. I’ll be looking for more easy sewing projects in the next few weeks, and I’ll take pictures of our projects when they are finished. In the meantime, I hope you can join us for this week’s Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. See you there!
This is the one I’m most excited about! I can teach my girls what I have learned over the years, but it will be fun to get some ideas, advice, and wisdom from another mama who has been doing this for a long time, too. It’s going to be fun putting those sewing kits together! Have you taught your kids or grandkids to sew? I would love to hear about it! See you soon . . . . .
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