Whether your kids are going back to school, or you homeschool and are planning a new year, the end of summer and beginning of fall are memory making times. The ideas gathered here will help ease the transition and are fun projects to work on together. Enjoy!
I really love these stitched doilies and think it's such a great way to upcycle these items that aren't always easy to do. These precise, symmetrical stitches are wonderful but I think random abstract stitches would make a nice contrast too. If you're looking for a good side-by-side project to do with the kids then this might be it and just think how great they will look displayed together for wall art! Found at Wholly Kao. P.S. If you don't happen to have any doilies on hand, then make a run to the thrift store!
Maybe you've made cereal box notebooks before but have you thought about making them extra special with a bit stitchery? Julep has a tutorial for the stitching and making notebooks from cereal box cardboard.
The two winners of Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing! are Annette who said "I love the first sewing school book. This is sure to be great!" and Stefanie who said "My daughter loves crafts and is now showing interest in sewing! This book would be awesome to help her get started!!" Congratulations!
The first Sewing School
was all about sewing by hand, Sewing School 2 is all about sewing by machine. The projects are organized in a step-up manner, meaning each project builds upon the skills learned in a previous one. There are 12 lessons in the "Getting Started" section and then a "Pop Quiz" where kids can put their skills to the test with three sewing accessory projects. After completing those, you know you'll be able to do all the other projects in the book. Cool, huh? Let's take a look at some of the projects...
Tag Along Kids will love picking fabric for their Tag Along - just think of all the cute Japanese prints to choose from!
eHold Make a cover for your tech gadgets... super for boys and girls, useful, gift-worthy, and perfect for tweens.
Patchwork Scarf This is the last project in the book - what a great gift for your handmade holiday this year!
I checked the reviews on Amazon in preparing this post and was happy to see that the reviews were all positive, yay! One reviewer wished the book had information about choosing a sewing machine for kids which was a surprise because, well, there's a whole chapter just on that, even a recommendation for the Janome Sew Mini! Anyway, I asked Amie if she could give me the condensed version of what to look for when shopping for sewing machines for kids:
The authors, Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle, have tons of experience teaching sewing to kids and they've taken their time to present each project with step-by-step instructions and photos. There's also neat little tips, notes to adults, and a review of skills needed for each project.
I love that kids are encouraged to "Make It Yours" with suggestions for details that can be changed or added to make it unique to the child. That's the thrill of learning to sew after all, customizing and designing patterns that are exclusive to you!
I'm often asked for recommendations for sewing books for kids and I'm always happy to be able to recommend Sewing School, and now Sewing School 2, as the projects and information are solid and I know the user will have success. Lots of fun too!
Be sure to check out the Sewing School blog and all the other blogs in the tour for more information...
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I received a complimentary copy of the book to look over for this review but all opinions are my own and how I really feel, I couldn't live with myself otherwise. This post also contains affiliate ads which means if you make a purchase through those links I'll get a small percentage of the sale without costing you a penny extra - thank you!
This stitchery is very kid-friendly since you are using burlap and yarn and stitching with a running stitch, probably the easiest stitch there is. Younger kids can learn how to pull the strings to make the fringe and then older ones can work on the stitching - a real family project!
You can also see I made a few red burlap coasters which involve no stitching at all. Just cut the burlap squares a little larger than you want for the coaster (these measure 6"x6" including the fringe), and then pull the threads for the fringe. Run a line of glue around the edges, just like the table runner, to prevent unraveling.
4th of July Sashiko Table Runner
Materials: white or red burlap (purchase by the yard from the fabric store) red, white, and blue yarn tapestry needle (has a large eye and dullish tip) glue that dries clear scissors iron for pressing measuring tape if desired
Directions: 1. Prepare the Burlap *Iron the burlap if necessary.
*Decide on the shape and size of your table runner then add about 2" on all sides. Cut it out.
*Working on one side at a time: pull threads from the edge of the burlap until you get one thread that runs the length of that side.
*Pull several more threads until you get a fringe length that you like; repeat on the other three sides.
*Run a line of glue at the base of the fringe to keep it from unraveling, let the glue dry. Repeat on the other three sides. The side with the glue will be the back of the runner.
*Cut a piece of yarn that is the length of your burlap and add about 6".
*Knot one end and thread the other into the tapestry needle.
*Insert your threaded needle into the top side of your burlap, then, using a running stitch (the kind that goes up and down through the fabric) make a straight line of stitches the length of the burlap. Tie a knot on top of the burlap when you reach the end.
*Repeat the running stitches parallel to each other in any combination of colors that you choose until you're done.