Sunday, May 25, 2014

a sewing weekend






What better gift is there than teaching someone a useful, life-long skill? I received this gift this weekend when my aunt visited and spent the better part of two days teaching me how to sew.

It was my seven-year-old who inspired me. As her sewing passion and skill increase, and she seeks to work at home on the lessons she learns in her weekly sewing class at our local fiber shop, I thought it was worthwhile to buy a beginner home sewing machine. Under Auntie's great weekend tutelage, I learned how to use the machine and create simple projects--like mama-made pillows to match each child's bedroom in the new house.

Now, I will do my best to follow my daughter, as she creates cute skirts and tops and has declared her plan to make an entire wardrobe. I have no doubt she will. And who knows: with a few more pointers from Auntie and a few quiet evenings, I might even be able to join her.

Oh, what a gift!

4 comments:

  1. I own a pretty good sewing machine, but we never have the room to pull it out. I'll have to start the girls on some simple projects to get them interested. I love that you started with pillows. Super easy and they can make a big statement!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Mary! Yes, the pillows were so fulfilling!

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  2. What a wonderful gift! My children inspired me to begin sewing again; when they were very small I felt like I only had time for creative outlets that resulted in something useful, and what is more useful than children's clothing? (If you'd like recommendations for cute, easy patterns for girls' clothing, let me know...) xo

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    1. Meghann, this is such a good point: that a mom's creative pursuits are often focused on making useful, family-focused goods. I think that's so true. I am so excited about sewing -- and would love your recommendations! :)

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