Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sewing Camp Wrap-up

Last week I held Let's Sew Together day camp for little girls from our parish. It was such fun! 

The girls, ages 7 to 10, are sweet and listened well. I emphasized safety every day. In fact, we started the morning with a review of safety and a little "warm-up" session of sewing on paper and scrap fabric. Then we got right to work. 

I ended up changing a few things that I'd planned. Because it was my first time teaching sewing, I wasn't sure how much we could cover in a day. It turns out that I was fairly close. Of course, I have enough experience teaching that I know how to speed things along or slow them down to fit my schedule.  

One of the best parts for me is that I could have fun. There's no curriculum with a state test required to pass. Just be safe and have fun sewing.

In the end, each student made several small projects: a drawstring bag, a hair band (I sewed the elastic), a small felt "purse" with clear plastic window, and a large pillowcase. At the very end there was just enough time to make a little pillow for a favorite doll or pet. 

We started the week with a little welcome bag, which included a pincushion that I'd made and they took on on Friday. I learned that a welcome bag is not that important when there's fun to be had. 

One of the grandmothers told me at mass this morning how much fun her little one had and, since both girls asked to be invited should I have another camp, I'll call it a success. What do you think? Maybe another camp later this summer?


Karen S said...

It looks like it went very well. Lots of happy faces!!! Well done.

Ann said...

I think you are wonderful! Thanks for teaching a new generation to love sewing and creativity.

jenclair said...

I love this! Yes, another camp, and then, maybe a sewing club! I'd love to take part myself, but even better for young ones to get the fun and the experience.

Children need this kind of hands on activity. They are learning a lot more than sewing: hand-eye coordination, following instructions, creative license, the satisfaction of making their own things. You are teaching them so much more than how to operate a machine!

Kaja said...

Good for you, Mary! This looks like a lot of fun and you are getting the next generation of sewers started too.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

I'm loving the positive responses from bloggy friends, everyone. It really was fun to work with young ones. Having Marley there really made a difference. I think it's the idea that if someone their age can do it, they can too. Plus it helps to go home with a project almost every day.
Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and encouragement. I may try another in July. The weather's really hot here, so some kids might enjoy an indoor camp with A/C.