A friend recently told me that she wished her mother had taught her to sew, not just so that the knowledge of sewing would be with her now, but also so those memories would be available to cherish. My friend wants to teach her daughters to sew; she’s now learning to sew and quilt so she can do exactly that. I’m sure she and her daughters will make some wonderful memories along with their sewing projects. My friend may have to wait a couple years before her girls are old enough to start but she is looking forward to it!
If you have a daughter, summer is a great opportunity to take some time with your daughter and sew together.
This reversible Double Fun Skirt would be a good pattern to start with… it’s very quick to put together. Imagine how fun it will be for her to be able to wear her first sewing project.
Bloom Where You’re Planted is a wonderful mini quilt project that will give a youngster a chance to really play at the art of quilting. While you are both ”playing”, you can talk about the advice in the name of the quilt…. a great life lesson.
Totally Awesome Mini-Tote is a fun, practical pattern that offers a challenge or three for a new sewer. Guide her through adding a pocket, installing a zipper, and putting in a snap closure. Then enjoy her pride each time she uses the tote!
It doesn’t matter what pattern you choose or what fabrics you use, the real point is spending the time sharing the craft. Long ago, I took an after-school class and learned to sew an apron and a blouse. My two older sisters help me finish each of the projects. I don’t remember the class at all, but I have wonderful memories of stitching with each of my sisters.