Huck & Milo’s First Sewing Projects!
I want to quickly share the boys’ first sewing projects. Milo (age 5, on the left) and Huck (age 7, on the right) have been asking me if they could learn to sew on my sewing machine for a really long time. The idea made me a little nervous, but they are very persistent kids. So, finally, I decided we should go ahead and give it a whirl! I’m glad we did, because it went very smoothly, and they are so proud of these pillows that they made.
First, we picked out fabrics together from my stash. Huck liked this gingham and Mickey Mouse fabric, and he carefully chose a solid green for the back fabric. Milo wanted to decorate his pillow, so we chose white fabric and I handed him so fabric markers and let him go to town with those. While Milo drew, I sat Huck in front of the sewing machine and told him about the different parts and how it worked. We talked about “right sides” and feed dogs and bobbins. Then I scooted into the chair right behind him and showed him how to hold his hands on the fabric, how to move his foot on the presser, and we started sewing! I’ve been sewing for so many years now that I don’t think to much about how it all works. It was interesting to me to look at the process with fresh eyes. Here’s how you put the foot down, here’s how you do a reverse stitch and why. Here’s how you lift the foot and pivot, etc., etc. My machine has a nice feature where you can set the speed to slow, medium or fast, so we started on the slowest setting to let him get used to feeling the way the fabric moved under the needle. For the third side, we sped it up a bit, and then I showed him how to trim the corners, turn the fabric, and then handed him a big bag of poly fill while I set Milo up for his turn on the machine. I closed the pillows by hand and we marveled at their handiwork.
It was a neat experience for all of us, and I flashed back to my childhood and learning how to sew with my grandma. They both say that they are ready for bigger projects.