Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I didn't start her off with embroidery (she doesn't have the patience for it), but with working with a pattern and grainlines because she started begging when I was cutting out. And truthfully, she wants to make clothes--just like Aunt Laura. Every time I cut out when she's here , we go over how to pin (we're still working on that due to fine motor coordination!) and what the arrows on patterns need to line up with. I've allowed her to help cut with my hand over hers, because, frankly, my sewing scissors are too heavy for her, and she's not an accurate cutter yet. Last week, we learned how to make hand basting stitches because I was doing pleats (tutorial to come). She's chosen both fabric and patterns for projects, and with her standing between my legs, she's sewn her own seams. I have a small sewing machine that I bought at a yard sale that I'm keeping for when she gets a little older. I figure I'll take it to my fixit guy for a tune up and then give it to her sometime next year. Soon, we're going to start making clothes to fit her dolls together. Maybe four is too young, but she wants to learn. In the meantime, I'm keeping an eye out for vintage hand-crank toy machines. Considering the fact that she's inherited mine, my mom's and her mom's lack of grace, I'm a little unwilling to let her just have at on a powered machine!
So what age do you start teaching a child to sew?