It was girls’ weekend while Doug was out of town, so we spent it watching movies, eating ice cream, and sewing. My three-year-old has been very into sewing.
Lane comes running whenever she hears the sewing machine, and she wants to help with every “making something.” It’s nice when she sits on my lap to watch the machine whirring, and scary when she wields the fabric scissors. Her job is to cut the threads.
We started her off with some rainbow yarn, blunt needles, and plastic canvas (like what my granny’s tissue box covers are made from). Burlap or wide-weave linen in a hoop work well too.
They are quick little activities that are easy to take with us, and later I just pull out the yarn for next time.
She practices with the sharp needles by stringing the buttons into necklaces.
What’s more fun than the sewing is hearing her talk about it. Needles are called noodles, buttons are bun-duns, and every button necklace is going to be for the pirate party she’s planning.
She’s caught on to the idea that she can make the things that she sees at the store. Every finished thing makes her smile with pride so big that I think my heart is going to burst.
Most importantly, we don’t take it too seriously. So when she wakes up at 6:30 in the morning wanting to sew a pink party hat like the one she saw the night before, I pull out the stapler and glue gun, and we call that sewing too. I don’t want her to be so concerned about doing something the right way that she hesitates to start. So far, she’s been ready to jump right in.
A few kid-friendly sewing project ideas:
Handmade Felt Food group on Flickr
Coloring Pasta and Making Necklaces from Make and Takes
Butterfly Mobile from the Long Thread
Festive Bunting and Many More Ideas from Sew, Mama, Sew
Wild West Gear and Fake Mustaches from Little Birdie Secrets