Teaching your child to sew can be an amazing experience. From giving them a new way to expressing themselves creatively to teaching them a valuable skill that they can enjoy for all of their life. Sewing can be both fun and a learning process for everyone. This article will outline six tips to help improve your child’s sewing skills. Let’s learn how to make this experience even more fun and exciting!
With these six tips, you can help your children improve their sewing skills with simple and natural methods that are easy to perform. It’s important to keep it fun for everyone involved so that your child has a lasting interest in sewing, even if they grow out of the hobby.
Do Not Overwhelm Them
For beginners, it’s better to start with a simple thing. For example, cut out a simple pattern. Begin with something that will give them the experience they need but still keep the frustration level to a minimum. This way they can start slowly and work their way up to more difficult tasks as they get better at sewing.
You do not want to overwhelm your child with the variety of jargon used in sewing. Think back to when you first began to sew. You didn’t know anyone who knew how to explain the difference between a zipper and a button and you never really understood it either. You just knew that it was something used in clothing you bought at the store.
Choose Projects Matching Their Abilities
Any project can be made simple by removing unnecessary steps and using basic materials to construct the project. If your child is starting out, you can let them start with very simple projects. This way they can get used to the fundamentals of sewing techniques without getting overwhelmed. It’s important that you keep the learning curve easy for everyone.
If you are just starting out with your child, start with something as simple as a patchwork bag for their stuffed animals or googly eye star dress for their doll or action figure.
From my experience, kids between 10 – 12 years old do best with patterns and beginner level projects like totes and pillows.
Kids that are 13+ are typically ready for step-by step guides or quilt kits. Just remember to help break sewing lessons into small manageable chunks.
Give Them a Goal
It’s very important to give your child something to work towards other than just making a project with no purpose. When they are learning how to sew, let them set their own goals. Does your child want to make a bag that they can use every day or a pillowcase to use when they go backpacking in the summer?
It’s easier for kids to focus on making something they can use instead of just making it because it looks pretty. It’s very important for them to be able to go out and buy their finished items.
Give Them Tools To Excel
Once your child starts getting into sewing, you want them to be able to keep up with the latest trends and technologies. If you taught them to sew by hand an they have taken an interest, consider getting them a sewing machine for kids. You don’t want them to feel like they are being left behind in a world that is moving at such a quick pace.
Let them learn the basics before you throw advanced concepts at them. For example, once they have mastered sewing on a straight line, it’s time for them to learn how make a square or circle.
Turn Mistakes into Lessons
It’s hard to focus on improving your skills when you’re falling all over the place or not completing a project correctly. Let them try to make a mistake, solve it and then do better.
Let them try, fail and learn from their mistakes so that when they get it right, it feels like a big accomplishment. I would suggest letting them keep their mistakes as mementos of their learning experience. My kids loved keeping the sewing mistakes from their first stuffed animal bag because they thought they were so cute.
Emphasize Their Improvement
One of the best ways to improve their interest in sewing is by giving them a sense of accomplishment when they are done with an activity.
Have your child make a stuffed animal bag using different parts of the pattern and then have them show you where they went wrong in their sewing. Then let them take it from there and do better next time.
Try to give them positive reinforcement every step of the way. Always keep a level head so that you can keep your child focused on making progress instead of getting frustrated or discouraged.
Teaching children how to sew can be a great experience for both parties. Not only will your child learn a valuable skill, but they’ll learn that they can do just about anything they put their mind to. Just remember to start with simple projects so that your child doesn’t get overwhelmed. Becoming frustrated is no good for anyone involved. Lastly, try to make it fun.