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Teaching Sewing: Sewing IS Contagious - Articles Surfing

When the girls and I started getting the sewing bug, we began to notice an amazing phenomenon. It was highly contagious!! We would have friends over, and as the girls started playing with some of their completed projects, or their friends saw some lying around the house, it never failed, they would spend a portion of their time sewing together.

Now, you need to know that some of these completed projects that they presented were their own creations that had to be identified by the one who sewed it. This was especially the case with my 3 year old, at the time, in which almost everything fell into the three categories of purse, pillow, or blanket.

The point being, that it did not matter to their friends whether it was the beginning stages or an advanced case of sewing bug, they would catch the illness and immediately want to try the machines out.

This has made our sewing journey fantastic! It has been encouraging for the girls, myself, and for others. It never mattered how much we knew about sewing, what mattered is that we were doing it.

I would keep extra supplies around, still do, so that the girls could have their friends complete simple and quick projects while they were over. As we progressed in our abilities, we started having friends ask if they could sew with us on a regular basis.

Most of the time, we would make it into a social event where their moms would join us and we would have as afternoon of sewing and fellowship.

What was fun to watch, was that moms who felt like they didn't have the time to teach their kids to sew, were making time and enjoying it, as well.

The social aspect of sewing is not only fun for everyone, it is also a great way to motivate and encourage your own children. Over the years of sewing my girls have settled into their thoughts on sewing. My oldest has a passion for sewing, spending several days a week sewing for pleasure and for a new business she started. My youngest daughter loves the fact that if she wants to sew she can whip out a dress in no time. She probably sews on average once a month on her own. However, when we have friends over, especially our sewing groups, she is right in the middle enjoying every moment.

So make sure you have some extra supplies on hand, so that you are ready when friends come to visit.

Extra Bonus: Another added benefit is you become the "fun" house. The place where you let kids try things they have always wanted to try (within reason, of course). You become the place where your children's friends want to hang out. Through this, you get the opportunity to spend more time with their friends.

We bake, sew, bead. paint, sculpt... here at our house. I have one theory - "the messier you are, means the more fun you had". Along with one Main Rule - "you have to clean up when you're done".

So once you catch the sewing disease, make sure you pass it on. It is highly contagious, and benefits ALL involved!

Submitted by:

Kristi Borchardt

Kristi Borchardt

What Kristi wants to do, is share her journey in sewing; to help others know (with hindsight being 20/20) that the best way to learn is by doing. To learn MORE, from the '9 Secrets to Successfully Teach Your Child to Sew', through free articles full of tips, encouragement, suggestions, and projects with step by step directions and lots of photographs, go to http://www.sewingwithkids.com



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