A Week of Sewing

My girls wanted to learn to sew. They in fact came to me and said, "teach us to sew"..."please."

Well, of course. Shall we sew by hand or do you lovely children wish to learn on a machine?

We'd like to learn both, please.

Well, alrighty then.

I'll just need to check your thumbprints first to make sure you are indeed my children.

Once that was settled, we gathered our materials, I picked up a few books from the library, taught them a few hand stitches, and well, we sewed...and sewed and sewed and sewed. Actually, they sewed. In fact, once these girls got started they couldn't be stopped. At one point we ran out of material and they looked up at me sort of funny...worried they might send me off in the car to purchase more I told them we could cut up old shirts for fabric and off they went to their closets yanking shirts off hangers.


OLD shirts, shirts that don't fit, shirts you don't want, shirts from your daddy's closet. Oh, we have some of those! And off they went to pillage and cut and sew...and then they sewed and sewed some more.

Really, girls, you must take a break. Have some lunch, watch some TV...how 'bout we make paper? Or learn to scrapbook?


So here's how we got started...we looked thru the project books and discussed what sorts of things they'd like to sew. We agreed on drawing and cutting out images on fabric to be made into pillows, working our way up to buttons and other various embellishments. We also agreed we would work on different stitches by hand before we moved over to the machine. After a few practice runs on felt, the girls drew and colored pictures on plain white cotton fabric (otherwise known as daddy's white shirt) and cut them out.

Then they put on headphones and completely tuned me out. At this point I grabbed a book and a bottle of wine and told them to call me if they need a band aid (or, ahem, ya know, if you have any questions about sewing).

After cutting out their pattens I showed them how to sew buttons for eyes. The liked the whip stitch best so they stitched around, stuffed the pillows with old fabric and other various fluffy recyclables, sewed up the opening and...repeated the project all over again.  

Dogs, ducks, bunnies...

...stars, peace signs, the fronts of old tshirts...after about a week of continuous hand-sewing these girls had quite the pillow collection to display on their beds. Little fluffy stuffed works of art.

We never did make it to the machine lessons. We've been waiting for a rainy day. Which at this point, considering the draught we're in, could be sometime late September. But we did pick out some groovy fabric. I'm also going to show them how to make a picnic blanket out of recycled jeans. Yes, I am. Just as soon as it rains. Until then, we shall continue making pillows out of old tshirts and cartoon drawings. Yes, we will.

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