Summer Sewing Camp

I’m getting my girl time on Friday mornings in my studio, when five young ladies arrive to cut, stitch, and play their way to adorable, funky projects.  Here Olivia and Abby show off their handbags made from a shower curtain, caribiners, and bungee cording.  Who would have thought all those unlikely players could be so cute together?  So far we’ve made pillowcases, a green shopping bag (complete with pink monogram, of course), and the handbag above.  Projects to come include a beach backpack, American Girl doll clothes, and a zippered case.  I’m not sure who’s having more fun:  the girls or me.

Are you sharing your love of sewing and quilting with the young people in your life?   I shared my Top Ten Tips for teaching the next generation of Project Runway designers how to sew in the Teaching Your Kids/Grandkids Wise Money Choices chapter of The Frugal Fabriholic, and here are the top three:

  1. Small isn’t necessarily better.  Large projects use large pieces, easier for small fingers to manipulate
  2. Let them pick the fabric.  Period.  Get over it if it doesn’t match.
  3. Realize that not every sewing session needs to result in a finished product.  It took me a long time to understand that when my son said, “Mom I want to sew,” he didn’t want to make a project, he just wanted to sit on my lap at the sewing machine and use it.