Sewing is not only an important skill that everyone needs at some point in their lives but it also has many other unexpected side effects.
Here are a few “side effects”
- Teaches your children to have another self-sufficient life skill. That is our goal after all. We love them everyday, provide for them, while teaching them to love and how to provide for themselves.
- Teach them to sit still and pay attention
- Teaching hand-eye coordination
I took the time to teach not only my daughters but also my sons how to sew. The reality of life is that whether you need to repair a sock, check the oil in your car, change a flat tire or cook yourself a healthy meal your gender has nothing to do with it. In another blog I will share what happened when my kids wanted to join the local boxing club. Yep, boys and girls.
Have you ever heard of promise stitching? I took a Saturday 4 week class. That class ended up teaching me a life long calming hobby that I passed on to one of my daughters and later she passed it on to her Autistic son. And it was only $20. I though that was a great bargain.
So I started out teaching them when they were about 3 or 4 years old. In the picture you can see how few supplies I ended up needing.
- A heavy stock of paper. I used an old school file folder. It was only $0.50 new.
- A plastic yarn needle. This can be purchased just about anywhere. I purchased mine at my local Walmart. I paid $1.29 for 2 needles. Having 2 needles is better so you can do your project right along side of them. Using a plastic yarn needle is much safer and larger for beginners.
- One pair of scissors. Kid scissors work better for their little hands when trying to cut out a shape.
- A cheap dollar store hole punch.
- Yarn. Any type of yarn works. In a pinch I used embroidery thread and that works too.
Okay SUPERMOM, let’s get started.
- It is best to draw a shape on your thick paper. You want to do one that is simple the first time. Stars are hard because the points tear easily. I recommend a heart or circle. have them draw dots around the edge. This is where you will be using the hole punch later.
- Now cut it with the scissors.
- Then thread your needle. I found that feeding it through and tying a not at the bottom where the 2 strings was the best for first timers. They don’t have to try to keep their “thread” tightened.
- Now take the hole punch and carefully go over each dot cutting it out with the punch.
- With your threaded needle begin at the bottom coming up from the back feeding your needle through. Now go up – over – under – over. Now you are sewing like a pro.