Now that I have three daughters, I find it a balancing act of teaching a skill to them that is fun or shoving a skill down their throat that they don't really care about.
At the moment, we have found a nice groove and some fun projects that they are happy to sew and learn. The key seems to be "make something we like" or something that is quick and also easily given away to friends. Friends are good and giving something of value that you made with your own little hands is even better!
In our small town we have a community program called "Lighthouses" and is organized by a talented woman who has become a friend of ours. We pitched the idea of doing sewing after hours at the school so that we could gauge interest with girls in the community. We are doing three classes and only have one left. Afterwards, we can continue sewing at my home for those that are showing more interest.
|Have to add that this was not a beginner pillow, BUT it was a pattern that my 16 year old found on the internet and decided to do one day while I was out. Not too shabby!|
|Isn't this funny? Picasa put hearts on this photo of our dog enjoying the new pillow.|
|Head bands and YoYo's|
Remember ~ when sewing with creative youngsters, let them be creative and don't stress on the mess! They are soaking up knowledge and having a good experience. They will either keep using the skills or may come back to them later on.