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Old 02-10-2007, 01:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Dd just turned 5 a few days ago. I like to sew and she has a keen interest in hand stitching right now. I've only taught her the prickstitch, as until very recently, that was the only stitch she could remember well. I'd like to teach her more as she becomes more proficient, but I'm not a great seamstress and I honestly don't do much hand stitching. I'm still learning, too. I was wondering if anyone has any products you could suggest to help teach dd simple hand stitching techniques. I've looked in the typical places like Michaels and Joanne. I'd also like to get some organic fabric for her to work with that isn't outrageous in price. Does anyone have online resources for any of this?
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"family fun" magazine had an idea for a pocket scarf made out of fleece. . . it uses a backstitch and some buttons.

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and...&craftid=11593
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Simply love that idea!!!

Dd #1 is turning 5 and got a sewing machine for Christmas. We will be doing a rag quilt for her first project. Easy straight stitches with frayed edges... super first project.
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Thanks for the ideas!! Wonderful!
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I learned to sew as a kid mostly from watching Sewing With Nancy on PBS. I inherrited my GM's fabric stash (she died before teaching me.) It was full of swatches of brocades and jacuards from when she worked at a fabrice store, so I made evening gowns for my stuffed animals.

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My daughter has loved The Mary Frances Sewing Book. It is a sweet story, and includes a full course on hand-sewing. There is also a pocket full of doll clothes patterns in the back, but most of them are fairly advanced and sized for (I think) a porcelain doll.

Another good resource for smaller children is Feltcraft. It has lots of small projects that are fun to make and give good results, a few of the patterns are good for five year olds, and the rest will be grown into soon enough. We use wool or wool blend felt, and my daughter has enjoyed tracing the patterns and making little gnomes, etc. Felt bookmarks are also a good project, as she can applique little felt shapes onto a single layer of felt, then blanket stitch on the backing (cotton or felt depending on the weight of the felt you are using. Wool felt is readily available at our Joann fabric store.

I also keep a basket of fabric scraps on the floor for my girls to play with. Dd1 can thread her own needle and likes to experiment with freeform fabric sculpture. Yesterday she stitched together a very-cool-for-a-five-year-old toucan from scraps she had cut, tied, and sewn together.

A couple of her other projects underway are a doll quilt that she hand pieced using a running stitch. I ran the thread through the layers for tying it, and she cut it and is tying it (over halfway done), then she'll whipstitch the binding on to finish it. She is also sewing a dress for her waldorf-style doll. I helped her cut the pattern (lots of curves), and I pink the edges and iron when she finishes a seam, but I haven't put in a stitch. She really enjoys making things, and I'm glad she is inspired and imaginative.

Have fun!
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My first sewing project was in brownies. We made a felt owl with blanket stitch all around the outside, one 2 hole button and one shank button for eyes and a satin stitch beak. We outlined the wings in running stitch and stuffed him. I loved my owl til he wore out. I am starting my daughter sewing soon and our first project will be a felt needle book to keep her needles in. I think we will probably adapt one of the purse patterns in Felt Wee Folk. I think it is an very important skill to teach. So many young adults now have no idea how to sew on a button or hem a pair of pants or mend the most basic of things. I am determined that my daughter won't be one of those!
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