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!
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.
Some of the things my hands have been stitching lately…
I’m currently working on a 50th anniversary commission and I’m so excited with how these little people turned out. It was a rough start to figure out how to do their faces, but I think I got it figured out!
Custom embroidery on a baptismal gown
I’m still stitching up shoes…
An animal nursery set
I updated a version of some lyrics from Hillsong United’s Oceans song.
Another floral birth announcement
Continuing with my button stars series, I stitched up a portion of a song by Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings
And I participated in the Freaky Flower Swap on the &stitches blog
And I leave you with a picture of my silly campers. This was my first time doing a sewing camp and wow! was it ever exhausting but fun. This one was called Mustaches, Monsters and Masks.