Summer vacation is kicking off this month for many kids across the United States. I have many happy memories from my childhood of spending hours upon hours looking for ways to expend the creative energy that was bottled up inside of me! My sister and I were lucky to have access to lots of old books full of fun DIY ideas; tons of crayons, paper, scissors, glue, fabric scraps and cardboard with which to experiment; and a mother who wholeheartedly encouraged our creative endeavors!
Today, my own daughter is getting old enough to participate in craft time, and I love watching her create her own works of art – she is so proud of herself! I look forward to many summer vacations of creating together as a family.
Summer is the perfect time for kicking off a new hobby or indulging in handmade entertainment during a “stay-cation.” Do you have a child who’s excited to start sewing? Here is some great “getting started” advice for them from the new book Sewing for Kids by Ginny Farquhar and Alice Butcher:
• Make sure your hands are clean, and work on a clear, flat surface.
• Pack ongoing projects away in a bag to prevent them from getting lost or dirty.
• It’s OK to make mistakes because that is how you learn. Simply undo the mistake and start again.
• You do not have to make the project in the same colors as shown. It’s fun to get creative and use your own favorite colors.
• Make the projects your own – you may not wish to make an entire project, but may just prefer to just make up one part.
• It’s good to ask for help from an adult or older sibling. You may need help initially with threading needles and tying knots – but once practiced, you can do this unaided.
• Take your time and don’t rush – you don’t have to finish the project in one go. Some projects will be quick, but others may take a number of weeks to complete.
• Your stitches don’t have to be perfect – you will improve with practice.
• Take great care when using scissors, pins and needles, as they are very sharp!