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WeAllSew welcomes Helen Spencer from Hello Sewing with a fun post about sewing with kids! Helen has some great suggestions for getting kids interested in sewing, and shows how you might use a simple bookmark as a first sewing project. Just cut the materials to size and let your kid experiment with hand stitches!

Every parent and child need at least a couple of treasured memories together. The day you taught your kid how to ride a bicycle, that time when he fell off a swing in the park and cut his head so you spent an entire day hiding the scar after the doc patched it up because you would have been murdered if your beautiful wife found out about it, the first time you cooked together. Lovely moments, wonderful times.

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But if you find an activity you’;ll do together for a prolonged period of time, you’;ll have a ton more precious memories like those behind you. And since you’;ll be spending some time while doing so, why not make that activity a craft or skill developing type? Have fun, make life long memories and provide your child with a handy and helpful ability that will certainly be useful to them at some point in their lives.

How can you do thatgifts for grandma, you ask? By sewing stuff together!

The Benefits

Sewing has a lot of benefits and it’;s quite an amazing craft because of that. Not only does it provide you to be more self-dependent by patching up, upgrading, or even creating entire wardrobe pieces, plush toys, various accessories and so much more all by yourself, it also brings a couple more positive things to the table.

It improves your child’;s hand to eye coordination and overall hand and finger dexterity. This means steady hands, precise fine movements, and less clumsiness. Which basically prepares them for professions ranging from surgeon to architect.

Just like any other skill, this one improves a person’;s self-confidence considerably. The more you can do, the less afraid of failure you get, and more often than not, that alone is sufficient to achieve something.

Sewing, especially by hand, is a great exercise for building up patience and perseverance. Fine, detailed work like embroidery or embellishment takes a lot of concentration and sometimes even a bit of anger management. And getting used to that with sewing projects will definitely help you when such characteristics become needed in real life situations.

And last but not least, sewing offers you a chance to really broaden your social life. Mingling with people who like the same thing as you do can be a lot of fun and a pretty effective way to gain some new friends. Just look at pubs and bars, they exploit that trick most effectively.

Now that we’;ve gone through the benefits,let’;s see how to put this plan of teaching your kids how to sew into action with these three easy steps.

The Spark

Before you start teaching your kid how to sew, you must first awake their interest in that craft. You can do this by showing them the supplies, the finished projects as well as mid work ones. Show them what can be made with this skill.

Another good method is to take your little one to the local craft store and sign them up for a sewing class. They’;ll learn the most basic sewing techniques and have fun while doing so. After they’;ve improved enough, they may move on to more difficult tasks that are done with a sewing machine.

The Flame

Now that they love the trade, you should nourish that feeling and let them continue practicing their hobby at home as well. Of course, since they’;re still beginners, make sure you stay by their side at all times, just in case.

Come up with ideas for their projects together and try to start with something simple and then gradually up the difficulty so that they improve bit by bit with each new task.

Let It Burn

After a while, if you see that your kid has gotten really good at sewing and is still enjoying it as much as he or she did at the beginning, you might want to consider buying them their own sewing machine. Nothing too fancy, the basic model will do.

Go on now, get crafty!

If you’;d like to read more about teaching kids to sew, check out these other articles at WeAllSew:

Teach Kids the Joy of Sewing

Tips for Sewing With Kids

Pillow Sewing Project for Kids

There are many elements which contribute to the French Country style home, but undoubtedly the main ingredient is a large helping of rustic charm. French Country style with its warm and casual feel, fits snugly into absolutely any home, and due to its jaunty almost thrown together feel, it doesn’t have to cost the earth.

The weekend is upon us and unless we are lucky, it could be turning a little cold (well it is September after all!) With this in mind and the knowledge that the colder half of the year is heading straight for us, we thought we would get you in the mood with some warm and cosy decorating ideas.

Last year I shared this DIY Cake Plate Tutorial with my friend Amy and her readers over on The Idea Room. Spending last week with Amy, I was reminded of this post and that I haven’t shared it with my readers yet. I had been wanting to make one of these DIY Cake Plates forever! Turns out it’s SUPER SIMPLE! Fun projects like this make Entertaining Made Simple.