Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Refreshed and Revitalized

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.


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

How fun! I love nearly five and babies...ohhhh....the best!

I read about a four year old that made a dress with her mom's help on Dressaday.

Knitted Gems said...

I'm so glad you took the time and patience to teach the 5-year-old to sew and craft. It's a great age to get them involved. I always take my niece and nephew aside when they visit and teach them a new craft. The latest was scrapbooking. It was a lot of fun, but very messy!

jo2308 said...

It sounds like a lovely day - what a great idea to get the Mom's and kids together for one project. My son's 7 and loves making thigs with me - more so than if I give him a project on his own and it's such a lovely thing to share.

Glorious Hats said...

Thanks for the warm and welcome comments.

It does take preparation time and patience while doing the project, but oh so worth it for both old and young involved.

This was mostly just a taste for her on cutting fabric and using an iron to press. Next time we will revisit some of these skills and add a few new ideas.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Hi Jane!
Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Would you be willing to post a comment on my blog about how Lincoln's birthday was celebrated in school when you were a child? I am interested in learning how different parts of the country celebrated the date.