Her name is Katie. Isn’t she cute? She’s 8 and wanted to learn how to sew so she comes over once a week after school and we sew. Her mom and sisters play with the boys and it’s just a perfect arrangement. I kept my old sewing machine because I secretly hoped that I could teach someone to sew on it one day – either my boys or someone else. And now Katie uses it!
I was a little worried about how to teach, since I’ve never taught a child to sew, but Susan had some wonderful suggestions, since her girls are taking sewing lessons. See the little pink and green pincushion? We made that on the first day. You want to hear another one of Susan’s awesome ideas? She suggested drawing a line on paper and having Katie sew on it without thread, then pull the paper out and see if all the needle holes fell on the line. Brilliant, Susan! Thanks.
Kimberly’s patterns for travelling knitting needle cases are also great for a beginner. They are intended for holding round needles and double pointed needles, and that’s what mine do, but I can think of a lot of other things a young girl could use them for. Click here for pictures of her cases. If you’re looking for a good starter sewing pattern complete with pictures, I recommend it.
Here are some corkboard wall pockets I made for Katie’s sisters. (See? I do have a running theme going here.) They look fabulous in their blue and white room.