Teaching Kids Sewing Camp

I’m super excited about next week. I’ll be teaching 11 kids the basics of sewing! Each day we’ll work on a new project, up until the last 2 days when we’ll be working on piecing a quilt. Details here at the Quiltique website.

Here are some of the projects the kids will be working on.

I was able to teach this class last year, and had a total blast. The kids were all eager to learn, and it reminded me when I was that age. My mom sent me to Quilt Camp at age 13. I went to Quilt in a Day in San Marcos. On the first day I cut open my finger with a rotary cutter and needed 2 stitches. BUT I also finished my first quilt top. And was hooked.

My mom was smart enough to send me off to quilt camp, even though she is a pretty accomplished seamstress. You’d think that she could have taught me what she knew… but you’re forgetting that I was THIRTEEN. At that age, parents know nothing. Except that it is wiser to send your kid off to be taught by something else.

Next month, I’ll be teaching an advanced sewing camp for kids who already know their way around a sewing machine, and would like to learn some more advanced techniques. Like putting in a zipper, and tackling projects with pattern pieces.

Nothing energizes me to sew like the enthusiasm of these kids!  I feel fortunate to be able to pass on what I learned from the wonderful sewing teachers I’ve had, and start these kids off with a love of creating with fabric!

Always,

Comments

  1. Oh that is so cool! What is the ages for the camp? I was looking at putting my oldest 2 in the JoAnns sewing class, so I will have to keep yours in mind for next year!

  2. What a wonderful idea. I have no idea how to sew but my grandma taught me to Crochet when I was 7 and I am so glad that she did.

  3. How fun! As someone who’s never really learned how to sew, I think it’s great for kids to learn it at a young age. So much cool stuff you’re going to do with them.

  4. Congratulations! I know you’re going to have a great time and so will the students. It’s an essential task that is really going to benefit them in their own lives. I taught my daughters to sew when they reached nine. There was no thread in the needle and I used those really bold coloring book pages of simple objects to teach them how to stop and start the machine needle exactly where they wanted it to stop. When they could show me a finished picture that had all the holes within the lines, then they got a simple pattern. My oldest took off and decided to make her own overalls, with pockets, zippers, etc., and did a bang-up job using Hee-Haw material. My youngest started designing her dolls clothes and make some gorgeous Barbie outfits. I figured, if those little minds could figure out the rules to Monopoly, they could run a straight seam (and work the washing machine, as well). It was better to make mistakes when they were young so they could make really neat clothes for jr and sr high school. Their friends couldn’t get over what they could do on a machine. Come visit when you can.

  5. I would love to learn to sew! Do you think this 30 something could pass as a kid? 😉 Hopefully you will still be teaching this camp when Alina is old enough to take it!

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