My precocious 2 1/2 year old daughter LOVES my sewing machine. She loves to sit right next to me and watch me when I'm sewing and I frequently catch her trying to sneak up and touch the machine when she thinks I'm not looking. She is in utter awe and delight. I would like to foster her interest in sewing, but obviously she's too young to use the machine. Does anyone have any creative ideas for including her in the sewing process or materials she can safely use to do her own sewing?
When my son was three I helped him to make a raglan sweatshirt for him. It's a lot of straight seams which made it easy for him. I showed him where to place his hands and explained the needle would hurt him if he moved his hands under it. I then placed my hands next to him to guide the fabric. I sewed the neck and sleeve bands, but he "did" the rest.
He was so proud of that shirt, and when it was time to pass it down to his sister he did it joyfully, telling her all about his sewing experience. Since then he's designed more outfits and we've worked on them together.
Another idea I'm planning on implementing is having a box of scrap fabric for the kids. It will have scissors to cut fabric and pre-threaded needles so I don't have to stop what I'm doing to thread needles for them. When my kids were around your daughter's age I let them use scissors with the caution that they might cut themselves. I've found that they can handle scissors easily at that age.
I hope these ideas can help you!
SAHM to DS BuggaBoo 12/07, and DD Doozer 03/10. Sharing life with The Hubby since 01/05.