I’ve started to obsess over teaching Jacket how to sew. I think she might love it. Especially if we start sewing Barbie clothes.
I’ve given up on swim lessons, dance lessons and I haven’t even bothered Jacket’s mom about music lessons. I’d like to teach Jacket something that she can learn within the constraints of our inconsistent get-togethers. Also, there’s a fantastic fabric shop 1 block from Jacket’s home that is owned by this really sweet South-East Asian family. I’m going to talk to them and see if they’ll let me leave a $20 credit for Jacket to buy fabric, buttons, etc. It’s one of those stores where they follow you around the whole time asking about what you are making so by default Jacket will get support.
I’d like for the arrangement to be that everytime Jacket brings in a finished product (I don’t care what the hell it is), I’ll put more money in her ‘account’. My fantasy is for Jacket to form a relationship with one or many of the family members of the store. Sewing might be a skill that she can learn, a creative outlet, a coping mechanism, etc. etc. etc.
As it turns out, my mother was a seamstress and as a kid I loved sewing but I hate it now (I just don’t have the patience). I think step one is to get her a loop and have her make patterns with embroidery floss. Any other ideas?
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- electrickitten said: Plastic canvas can be fun. No pattern needed just fill in the shape. Square, circle, heart. It is fairly portable. Pillows, purse, bows & drawstring bag can all be done in a day. Also look at finger knitting as a simple quiet activity I’ll post something.
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- katielouiselee said: Felt puppets or soft toys are a great beginner sewing project, and super-safe if you use a small punch to put holes for her to sew through so she only needs a plastic needle and some yarn.
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- yeahchloe said: all i have to say is jacket is very lucky to have u!!!!
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- gracelandmomma said: All the suggestions are great, I personnaly crochet and my daughter just picked it up now. Crafting is a great way to relieve stress and develop so many skill that will benefit her later in life.
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- carolineandco said: I used to love making those stretchy loop pot holders in girl scouts… a quick project, colorful, easy, and fun. You could also help her make her own blankets out of fleece - there are a lot of no-sew (very safe) options for that.
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- thesahmmy said: crochet is easy and inexpensive?
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- librarianpirate said: I bought the girls a kit at barnes and noble recently to make puppets - it had the fabric/yarn/needle/etc all in it. They LOVED it!
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- tumblewieds said: Oh, and check out the embroidery patterns by Sublime Stitching!
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- pickyourheartupoffthefloor said: i LOVE longstitch and there are tons of kids kits as well as other sewing/knitting/etc you can find tons of cheap kits on ebay. secretly i prefer the kids ones cuz the designs are better
- gloriaj said: might want to start with the basic potholder weaving loom, just to work on dexterity.
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- menwithearrings said: I’ve taken a liking to knitting but I know it’s not everybody’s thing. The advantage of knitting needles over sewing ones is they’re harder to lose and then step on, and generally finger pricking - not an issue. Knitting also makes practical items.
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