The most difficult part of summer vacations is finding something to do for your active kiddo so he/she will not get bored with so much free time at hand. Since you cannot be there 100% of the time to keep an eye, you must think up a way on how you can keep your children busy while they are being productive. For girls, stitching is a nice craft you could start them on.
Sewing could be real fun for young kids, especially girls who have a zest for creating. Once they are able to make something, they will get hooked. For this particular craft project that involves tools, which could be safety hazards, starting your child at 8 or 9 is ideal. By then, they will have an idea how to handle delicate stitching tools such as needles and pins.
How to get started
The best way to start a girl into sewing is by teaching her the basic concepts. Begin with hand sewing before you move on to bigger and more challenging projects. It is also very important to keep in mind that by teaching the stitching principles, you are giving your girl the liberty to make her creativity work to the fullest. So instead of telling her what to do and what not to do, tell her how it works.
Pick suitable fabrics
For beginners, felt is the most suitable fabric because it is easy to work with. Afterwards, however, you may introduce your child to other materials like flannel, knit, and others. When you choose a fabric, make sure that it is not only age appropriate but also project appropriate. If you are letting her make a patchwork, find a soft, cotton cloth that will not only look good but also feel good to the touch. The design and pattern of your material also matters, especially when your girl is going greater length with her sewing abilities.
Let their imagination work
By immersing in this craft project, your child will use her creativity. Let her so. After teaching her the basic concepts, she will be able to picture out how things go, from creating a pattern to executing that to become a sewing masterpiece.
Give them a nice equipment
A set of needles and some standard threads are enough to fill a starter’s sewing kit. When picking supplies, be sure that you always go for quality. Then, if you think she is ready to work with a machine, trust only Bernina sewing machines, which are very easy to work with.