We are having lots of sewing fun at Heartful Owl’s children’s sewing classes! To start the year we have made aprons. The apron is a simple A Line design, using wide ribbon as waistband and ties. Children have used different fabric to make their own pocket.
We are using the same pattern today to make a skirt. It has an elasticated waist and a turned up hem.
The children love to use their sewing machines and this pattern is great for young sewers to sew on the sewing machine. When using a sewing machine, we have developed important safety rules, children can only sew when a sewing teacher is present to supervise their sewing. Over the last year that the children have been coming to lessons they have learnt some foundational sewing machine skills.
- How to thread a sewing machine
- How to sew straight seam using straight stitch.
- How to back stitch when starting and finishing a seam.
- How to pivot (turn the corner) when sewing.
- And importantly how to guide fabric and keep fingers away from needle!
The children also like to use zig zag and decorative stitches. They used these when they made christmas bags for their Christmas stall in 2015.
As well as sewing skirts today, the children are also starting on an Easter hand sewing project: a cute little Easter Bunny.
Felt is a great material for children to sew with, soft and easy to sew even with a fairly blunt ended needle. We use Chenille needles, with large eyes they are prefect for sewing felt and the needles still sew through felt quite easily. We use stranded or Perle embroidery cotton when sewing with felt. The children in my class love to make things at home, so I often give them the pattern to take home so they can continue sewing at home. Today they will take the skirt pattern and Bunny templates home so they can make more bunnies at home for their friends and maybe a skirt or two as well!!