This summer I had the joy of leading two sewing camps for kids ages 2nd grade on up. The first week, I had a Sewing 101 camp with two sessions: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I had two awesome groups of campers and as always I walked away with amazement at the creativity so many of these kiddos had. Here’s a sampling of some of their projects:
Learning how to use the sewing machine for the very first time!
Making a banner for her room.
For the first year I had boys! They were awesome!
Fairy dolls and Pirates.
For a few years now I’ve wanted to try a Fashion Camp, but was super nervous about it. This year I bit the bullet and did it and I’m so glad I did. I had an awesome group of girls and we made so many great things – and all of them came together so well! They were super proud of all they made and I was super excited that everything fit!
We ended the week making dresses using Sis Boom’s Molly Peasant dress. I modified it a little bit for our purposes; leaving out the waist elastic. It ended up being an awesome first garment project.
We made some Purl Bee City Gym Shorts, which turned out so great. This actually ended up being a pretty challenging project with the bias binding, but they did so great. I pre-made all the binding for the girls, but they pinned it on themselves and for the most part sewed it on all by themselves.
In between projects the girls got creative. They worked together and made a little fruit basket and helped a friend make a family of monsters.
Overall they both came together well and I looked forward to another summer of sewing in 2018!
I recently finished up teaching a preschool class that I labeled “Sew a Story.” The premise was: we read a few books on a theme and then do a few pre-sewing activities that correlate with the theme. While it ended up being a much bigger class to prep for that I had anticipated, I have to say that it went really well and my little group of preschoolers did awesome (not to mention their awesome parents who stayed and helped!)
Here’s a glimpse into some of the activities we did. I’m hoping to either put together an e-book of activities or a series of posts here sometime in 2017 because so many of the sewing activities that we did are just too fun not to share!
Rainbows: we did some weaving
Gardens: we made some sunflowers and a small flower garden
Spiders: we made some webs
It was a 10 week class and we did about 2-3 activities with 2-3 books per class. I’m excited to put the whole curriculum together into some form to share. Check back in the new year!
This Saturday I am embarking on teaching my second all day School of Sewing class. The class is basically a combination of 3 classes that I’ve taught over the past few years for adults: pattern reading, get to know your sewing machine and a simple sewing 101 for adults. It’s a six hour session where we start out at the very beginning and work our way through so much information and end with making simple elastic skirts.
I combined information from the excellent book by Shea Henderson called School of Sewing and Abby Glassenberg’s also excellent Get to Know Your Sewing Machine e-book along with my own experience and some help from other blogs online and created this packet that I use for teaching my class.
One of my favorite parts of the class it talking through pattern envelopes, different types of fabrics and just general fabric vocabulary.
I created this interactive activity where each person receives a set of fabric squares and other fabrics making this a hands on activity. There’s nothing like being able to actually touch the different types of something that makes learning a little bit easier. I’ve also found that talking through the different vocabulary of fabric (grainline, selvage, bias etc) is most helpful when students can actually hold the bias and pull it etc.
Interested in working through the packet yourself or even sharing it with your own class? Here’s a schoolofsewingpacket just for you!
And because I have to say it – please don’t copy these and sell them.
It’s actually been a quiet year when it comes to sewing classes, but with all my new responsibilities this past year I’ve honestly been a bit relieved. That said, it’s been good to start teaching again.
I’ve had a couple of private lessons with some little ladies over the past few months and it’s such fun to work with them on a one to one basis rather than trying to split myself 8 ways in a group class.
The biggest perk has been being able to teach in my new space. I moved back downstairs to our basement this past fall and I’m still in the process of figuring out how to organize it and decorate my little corner.
A few weekends ago I did my first 5 hour School of Sewing intensive and it was such fun.
We worked through the basics of how our sewing machines work all the way up to making skirts in the end.
I’ve got a few Saturday Sewing classes for youth coming up this Spring; one per month from April to June.
And then I’ve got one kids sewing camp in July.
You can find all the info and registration here.
I love hand embroidery and I love teaching it more than anything.
I’m super excited to finally have my first embroidery workshop set up and ready for this spring!
Come learn the basics of getting started and walk away with your own embroidered pendant necklace!
This is a great workshop for ALL levels – whether you love to sew or have never even held a needle.
Here’s the details!
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Where: Everett Senior Center Art Room; Maryville, TN
Feel free to bring a snack (and a friend) and let’s enjoy an awesome night out!
All supplies are included with the fee.