One Christmas when I was a little girl, I saw a big box under the Christmas tree with my name on it. I was so excited to open it! In our house, big Christmas presents were rare.
On Christmas Eve at midnight we celebrated — as all good Mexicans do — and we gathered around the Christmas tree to begin opening our gifts. When it was finally my turn, I ripped the gift wrap off and to my disappointment, saw a sewing machine. I tried to disguise my disappointment, but I am not good at faking things. I tried though, because I knew my father had worked hard to purchase it for me.
I wondered why in the world my father thought that buying this big, expensive sewing machine for me was a good gift idea for a little girl. Well, in his mind, his mother sewed and her mother sewed and, well, you get the point. He thought it was a good skill that I too should acquire. He also knew I loved making doll clothes, but because it was much easier to do that by hand, the machine just sat there. I played with the sewing machine and I tried to use it, but my mother didn’t know how to sew and neither did my dad so I ended up “breaking it” and it was returned.
Years later in middle school, I took Home Economics and my love for sewing grew once I figured out how to work the beast. I believe that Christmas present, my sewing machine, planted a seed of interest and love for sewing in me. But it wasn’t until the home economics course that it all came together. By then I had already decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. I loved drawing and I enjoyed sewing. I had notebooks filled with my chic fashion line of ladies clothing.
This was how my love for sewing, fashion and fabric design grew into a wonderful hobby, and not the fashion design career I dreamed of as a child. I did, however, make a lot of my clothes in high school and college.
Here are ten easy sewing projects you can do with your kids for beginner to intermediate levels. Remember, sewing can be an art that both boys and girls enjoy, so don’t be afraid to let your boys try out some of these fun projects. Also, I found these tips helpful from Ikat Bag on what to teach your child about sewing.
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