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Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sew

Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sew

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!

Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sewTeaching Bunny and Flossy to sewTeaching Bunny and Flossy to sew 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.

Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sew Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sew Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sew

Next up Bunny wants to learn to make a tshirt, and I quite literally can’t wait!

Teaching Bunny and Flossy to sew

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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lin
4 years ago

What a joy. My grandmothers taught me to sew and there were Home Ec. classes then. I taught my daughter to sew along with 4-H. My daughter’s friends are always amazed that she can sew. She mostly does Home Dec for herself.

alladesigns2018
4 years ago

How inspiring :) My 10 year old would like to earn a Brownie/Guide badge for sewing so I think my journey is about to start too.

Hilary
4 years ago

Reading this made my heart swell! I feel your pride and wonder! How gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing the t-shirt. :)

Melinda
4 years ago

Isn’t it wonderful! Bunny and Flossie are going to love their skirts, they may need to make some leggings to go under them next, with this cold weather!

My daughter wanted to sew on and off over the years, but has really taken an interest since she turned 19 and started in cosplay. So much so that I had to upgrade my sewing machine last Christmas so she could have my old one. Oh the sacrifice… LOL. I’m so proud of what she’s done and how much she has learned.