Teaching Grace to Sew...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Today is was rather fickle weather with it pouring one minute, then sunshine the next. Grace and I decided after a trip to the supermarket that there wasn't much point heading to the park (as we had planned) and instead sat down for a Mother-Daughter sewing session.

Grace really likes to watch me sew — she likes to help me choose the fabric (from the multitudes that I have as you can imagine), play with the buttons and zippers but most of all, she marvels at how something just a short time ago was a flat piece of fabric and is now a purse/skirt/bag/hat/top/shorts etc. "that's very clever Mummy" she states rather matter-of-factly as she checks herself out in the mirror usually.

Well, today I was feeling particularly patient and I thought it might be fun to show her how to make stuff too. I had been chatting to Heleen from Ruby in the Dust at the last Devonport Craft Market, about how she had been teaching her son to sew, and I just thought that was so awesome!

I had a whole pile of felt (waiting to be made into little Christmas decorations for our tree this year) so I cut a length with a pointed edge so that Grace could make a little purse. I pinned it in the middle to hold it in place, and drew dots along the edge so that she could see where to put the needle. I had thought about teaching her to go in from one side, then through the underside with a running stitch, but being her first attempt I wanted to keep it easy and we just did a diagonal stitch around the edges.

She was concentrating so hard! It was so sweet when she was finished, the pride was just beaming from her face as you can see. I sewed on a button for her and cut a button hole. Her new purse is now full of her Barbie shoes "to keep them safe Mum" she tells me.

Go Grace!!

Grace getting the hang of sewing her little purse...

Ta Daa!! That's one happy little lady

Bee  – (October 18, 2009 at 5:30 PM)  

Oh adorable, I can see the little look of determination on her face. Great to start them while they are young.

"she states rather matter-of-factly as she checks herself out in the mirror.." ha! that made me laugh. I have a 4yr old niece so I know exactly what you mean!

The Devonport Craft Market / Cotton Kiwi  – (October 18, 2009 at 7:13 PM)  

What a great idea to do the little dots around the edge! I'll definately be doing this with Madeleine. Thanks for sharing!

Evie  – (October 18, 2009 at 8:44 PM)  

Aww too sweet and I love the purse! Grace will be crafting and blogging in no time - she's a real cutie. Lucky you!

Ruby in the Dust  – (October 18, 2009 at 9:28 PM)  

aaah, so cute! i should show daniel this :)

Bam Bam Creative  – (October 18, 2009 at 9:59 PM)  

thanks team! She is a little cutie, and had so much fun! I'll have to get her on the job for Bam Bam stuff soon ;)

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Bam Bam Creative makes boutique and vintage inspired homewares and childrens homewares — all made by hand with a lot of love and attention.

Making fabric Covered Wall Art, Magnets and Brooches, coordinating Bunting, Throw Cushions, Zipper Purses and soon to debut — Mobiles & Quilts — all made with an individual quality that you will love to look at and treasure for years to come.