I have always wondered if or when my kids would show interest in learning to sew. Obviously I love sewing, but I was worried about pushing them into a hobby just because i happen to be freakishly obsessed with it.
So i waited… and waited. And this year Bunny asked me if I could teach her to make something with her best friend Flossy who had been doing some sewing projects with her grandma. You can imagine my excitement!
These are confident and smart girls, so I wanted to give them a first project that they could not only accomplish on their own, but that would challenge them and that they could also wear and enjoy afterwards. I decided on a simple gathered skirt with an elastic waist.
The girls chose some fabric from my stash, they are both chose thrifted sheets, which is beyond adorable and i’m wondering why i bother to buy new fabric! Both girls wanted to make knee length skirts. Birdie wanted in on the action too, and to my great surprise she chose an offcut of a rather expensive digital cotton print I had used for this dress years ago, and requested strongly that it be maxi length. Evidently expensive tastes and strong aesthetic begin at age 4.
I sewed Birdie’s skirt at the same time as the girls, so that I could show them each step together. They did all the measuring, cutting, pinning and sewing. And I am SO proud of them and what they achieved in just a few hours! I think it worked really well, and they were so proud of their makes that they put them on immediately after they finished making them.
Next up Bunny wants to learn to make a tshirt, and I quite literally can’t wait!