When I was little, my mom taught me and my brother to sew. Of course, this meant that I have always aspired to each my children to sew! Since I’ve been on such a sewing kick, I thought maybe V, who is 3 (almost 4) years old would like to start learning herself. She is very precise and particular when she cares about a project, and inspired by the Teach-a-Friend-to-Sew event on Sew Mama Sew, I thought, why not have her stitch a small pillow?
We decided to make a pillow for her beloved Duck. She chose yellow fabric and red thread. I cut out two rectangles, marked stitching dots, and threaded the needle. I showed her a stitch or two, instructing her to poke the needle down through the dot next-over from which the thread had just come.
The first session only lasted for several stitches, but I didn’t want her to get frustrated and quit altogether, so we stopped. But the next time we picked up the sewing, she really impressed me with her diligence! She stitched the rest of the way around the pillow, not giving up- even though she stuck her finger with the needle a number of times! Even though her fabric- and needle-holding techniques need a bit of work, she persisted in making sure her needle went right through the middle of each dot I’d marked for her.
The next step was stuffing the pillow, which I think was really fun for her!
After I repaired a few stitches that popped out due to vigorous stuffing, she stitched the opening closed.
After we did a little photo-shoot with it on the back deck…
…she ran with the pillow upstairs to present it to Duck!
I think Duck was pleased, especially when she “put him to bed” and sang him a lullaby…
She keeps telling me that Monkey needs a pillow now… so I have a feeling a brown pillow is in our future! 🙂