theme, “Made by Me” and found a book by that name. It seemed perfect for a small person to enjoy some hand-sewing time so I ordered it. I loved the little projects and clear instructions, so I decided to send it to my granddaughter for her seventh birthday.
But I didn’t just send the book, I assembled and sent
things she would need, in order to do some of the projects. This is what I remember including:
- about 8 skeins of craft yarn in different colours;
- a small felt needle book I had made,
with several large eye needles and a few pins inside the pages;
- a small embroidery hoop;
- a drawstring bag filled with buttons;
- a half a yard of fun fabric with little dogs all over it;
- several pieces of felt in various colours and a little bit of polyester stuffing.
I knew she had scissors at home so I didn’t include a pair.
I also cut out a small white felt owl to which I had already sewn some buttons for eyes.. All she had to do was hand sew the front and back of the owl together at the edges, push in the stuffing just before she was done, and then sew the hole shut. That was the first project she did and after that you couldn’t stop her.
She saw a decorated T-shirt in the book and she found one
of her own and sewed buttons around the neckline, and also stitched some embroidery along the hem.
Her other grandma was coming for a visit and she decided she wanted to make a needle
book for her like the one I had sent along. She needed a little help knotting
the end of her thread, but then got busy and sewed on the button; attached some
yarn to wrap around the button as a fastener, and sewed down the center to
make a spine and attach a double page inside.
finished needle book.
Do you think she looks proud of herself? She also sewed
her skirt on my sewing machine when she
visited our house one weekend.
Tutorial for this skirt can be found at http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/04/how-to-sew-skirt-when-you-are-5-years.html