My neighbor's grandson (age 8) and granddaughter (age 5) came to visit yesterday while I was putting together a "Turning Twelve" quilt for my grandson (almost 4 months). Naturally curious, they both wanted to try out my sewing machine. Turns out they really only wanted to operate the pedal.
So I pulled out a couple scraps, lined them up, and let Avery "drive." She did a great job, slowing down when she saw the end of the fabric approach the needle. One look at the two pieces we put together inspired me to add another, then another, and so on (all the while Avery drove), until we had a nice, random, 24" x 36" (approx) quilt. Wow!
Then it was Jackson's turn. He had a vision. "Can we take this piece and sew that piece on it, but leave one end open so it makes a pencil holder?" "Why sure, Jackson," I said as we sewed one piece to the other, rights sides together. The looks on his and his sister's faces were worth a million bucks as I turned the item right side out!
Their mother is an elementary school reading teacher; the two of us marveled at the excitement generated by this "old-fashioned" activity. We both thougth it would be fun for quilt- and sewing-shops to sponsor birthday parties, and the like, for young folks to have fun creating useful and beautiful fabric art with their own hands.
I'll snap photos of Avery's quilt and Jackson's pencil pocket later today and will upload to this post.
Another note about kids and projects. In our first issue, Lynda Hall's 7-year-old granddaughter Rebecca helped design the "Cold Days" project.
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on kids and sewing.