Do you want to teach your child to sew, but don’t know where to start? Alice Butcher and Ginny Farquhar talk about the inspiration behind their latest book, Sewing for Kids, and the best ways to introduce your child to sewing.
Alice Butcher and Ginny Farquhar have worked together for years and now run a variety of craft and textile workshops for adults and children. Discover more about Alice and Ginny, and their passion for sewing in my Alice Butcher & Ginny Farquhar interview.
Their latest book, Sewing For Kids, teaches basic sewing techniques and features 17 easy projects including bags, toys and accessories. I asked Alice and Ginny for their tips on introducing your child to sewing:
Keep the projects simple but don’t dumb down. Children are very capable of achieving good results if they have the correct equipment and enough time to complete projects.
Encourage creativity and individuality. Allow your children to add their own ideas to the projects; there is no right or wrong way if they are learning and having fun. Give lots of praise, support more experienced children by encouraging them to improve their technical skills.”
Choosing the perfect project to start with is critical to keep your child interested and engaged with sewing. I asked Alice and Ginny about the projects featured in the book:
“The Spooky Softies project (available as a kit) is one that younger children can sew by hand with just a little supervision. The age range for the book is very wide and therefore there are also some more challenging projects for older children such as the Clip Clop Pony. There are also very comprehensive instructions on Sewing Machine Basics for those children who are lucky enough to have access to their own machine.
We very much wanted this to be a book for all ages, including adults. We hope that small children will make the projects with the help of an adult or older sibling but older children will claim ownership of the book and make the projects themselves or use elements of a project to design and create their own.”
Find loads of great projects for your child in Alice Butcher and Ginny Farquhar’s latest book, Sewing for Kids. It’s available as a downloadable PDF ebook, and there are individual downloadable projects and a fun range of children’s craft kits too! Take a look at their website for more information about their classes, and don’t forget to look out for updates on their Facebook and Twitter.
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What will you create today?
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