Teaching Tinker-Fairy to sew
Little Tinker-Fairy is now old enough to sit with me when I do sewing. She has become fascinated by the fact that the sewing machine can make stitches and wants to learn to sew. I’m a little nervous to let her use needles though. However I found some really nice plastic ones at the local haberdashery. Now armed with a plastic needle, thin wool and a piece of hessian edged with masking tape to stop it from fraying, Tinker Fairy is free to experiment with stitching.
She did remarkably well. I am quite impressed. A little bit more practice and she’ll be able to start stitching basic patterns. For now we going to stick with the hessian. It is soft and easy to use, and a bit forgiving when stitching is not perfect. It’s also quite a bit cheaper that cross stitch fabric, we’ll work our way towards the more specialized materials.
Tinker Fairy’s sewing basket (once I have bought one) will contain the following ~ feel free to use this list if you’re putting together a sewing basket for your little one:
- blocks of hessian edged with masking tape to stop them from fraying. (i find this easier for little hands to work with than an embroidery hoop/ring)
- plastic needles – ones with a nice big eye
- little balls of thin wool, different colours
- large buttons with large holes
- small scissors (she is quite adept at using scissors, but if you feel nervous about letting your little one have access to a scissors then exclude it from your basket)
As she becomes more adept to sewing/hand stitching we’ll work on technique and work our way towards edging with a blanket stitch and making herself a little hessian bag/pouch. Once she has mastered that I believe she’ll be ready to graduate on to regular needles and fabric.
It’s quite exciting teaching her these things.