No photos to show. Just a note to say that yesterday afternoon one of my friends, a young mom, her almost 5 year old and a 6 week old came over for a fabric crafting day. The little one slept - providing a delightful few baby sounds and smells to the afternoon and giving us older ones focused crafting time. We made Valentine theme place mats and a baby bib. The place mats - red with tiny white polka dots on one side and a thick ivory cotton on the other - were almost finished when they arrived. The near 5 had not seen a sewing matching at work - so she watched the top-stitching for a bit and learned a little about the sewing machine. Then she joined her mom cutting out hearts from fabrics backed with no sew iron-on adhesive.
Once the place mats were ready, near 5 created a design on the polka dot side of one place mat with the cut out hearts. She and I then took it to the ironing table and pressed the hearts in place using a travel iron. We both held the iron in place while she counted to 10. We did this over and over because there were lots of hearts, usually 3 layers of hearts and 3 place mats. The 4th place mat went home blank to be completed later. To break up the routine, we also sewed up a bib in the same color scheme, and decorated it with hearts. Near 5 did the turning after sewing and the decorating. Then got to help with setting a snap.
It was so much fun to participate in Near 5's introduction to fabric crafting. I'm even ready to whip up some new place mats for my own kitchen table. Will, try and get some progress photos to make a tutorial as this is a great project for introducing children to sewing. And would love to see others have fun with it too.