Today, I’m super excited to show
off to you the other project Kael completed from the C&T Publishing books. First, Kael picked a sewing project from A Kid’s Guide to Sewing by Sophie Kerr with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.
A Kid’s Guide to Sewing is, as the title indicates, written by a kid, Sophie. There are quite a few sewing projects, along with tips, throughout the book. Many are geared more towards girls, but that didn’t phase Kael at all. He had a number of pages bookmarked in the first five minutes of flipping through. The project he decided he wanted to do first is actually one that is touted in the book as a good “boy sew”, the Sleepover Bag
And the sewing? Yeah, he pretty much rocked it.
I went into this really thinking I would probably do the bulk of the actual sewing, with him hopefully being willing to help me guide the fabric. But nope, this kid sat down and took charge. I sewed two bar tacks at the drawstring opening and that’s it! Seriously. Kael did the rest. He even put in his first zipper, which made me crazy proud. Instagrammic proof of his zipper proficiency:
I feel like I need to add a few of these !!!!!!! to indicate the level of excitement I feel in sharing something I love and find so much joy from with my son, and having him “get” it! (!!!!) I did help him with the instructions, teaching him right- and wrong side of the fabric, which stitches to use, and whatnot. Also, he was really hesitant with the pins (see above and his issues with sharp things), so he’d sew, stop, I’d remove a pin before it got within 2 inches of his hand, then he’d sew again. And while he sewed we talked. A lot. It was awesome and I want to make this a regular thing for us.
And the finished product of his sewing?
He made this!!!
Okay, the bag. It’s kind of huge. In fact, at his brothers’ request, he carried his little sister in it for a few minutes. If we make it again, totally going smaller. But he loves it. Loves. It.
We added a shoulder strap, since the book doesn’t include instructions for any sort of handle or strap. He was super impressed with the idea that you can just add stuff to a pattern. Oh! How much I have to teach him!
Kael also opted to include the optional pocket, wherein he got to use those awesome zipper-sewing skills highlighted earlier.
It was so fun doing these projects with Kael. It really made a huge difference in his level of excitement that the books were for him, and he got to choose what to make. His brothers are all now requesting sewing nights with me, too.
So, how do we rate A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, and the FunStitch Studio concept of encouraging kids in the fiber arts?
We love them. Tons of great ideas, clear instructions with great pictures, and a good variety of projects that go beyond just machine sewing. Between the three books we were sent, A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, Paper Fabric Thread and Forest Fairy Crafts (more on that one another day. My younger boys especially are excited about that one), I have my Mom and Son Sewing Nights planned for a long time. Be sure to check out all these other “campers” participating in the FunStitch Studio Summer Camp. Each will be giving away copies of one of three books, and sharing awesome projects they’ve been working on with their kids
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Clean. During Quiet Time And don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for a free copy of Paper Fabric Thread on my last post HERE Now, go grab a FunStitch Studio book, a kid, and make stuff! I was sent A Kid’s Guide to Sewing to review. The opinions I’ve expressed are completely my own. FunStitch Studio is a children’s book imprint from C&T Publishing. Their main focus is encouraging kids to be creative through fiber arts and mixed media.