I finally got around to putting together a little sewing basket for my daughter and this is what I came up with…
This basket was completely inspired by Siv Jane’s own version.
From left to right: Some fabric scraps and a wooden play dough tool (just like mama’s rotary cutter!); embroidery hoop with organic cotton voile (left over from this and this); wool needle (blunt) and a piece of wool with a button on the end; bag of buttons (from old clothes); second piece of wool with button on the end; sewing cards (printable from mini-eco).
Oh my word, did she love this! I did try her with the sewing cards a fair few months ago and she did show some interest, but I don’t remember her enjoying it as much as sewing buttons on to this piece of fabric! Perhaps her fine motor skills have developed to the point where it is the right age for her to do this sort of thing, or maybe she actually takes it in when I am sewing!
I set up this basket, as I was meant to be attempting to make progress on hand quilting the large blanket (in background), that I started making for Isaac…. *goes to try and figure out when the quilt was started*… in DECEMBER… yeesh! It is obviously turning into one of THOSE projects! Of course I then divided my time between, demonstrating sewing, helping when the needle came off the thread, taking photos and of course sweating under the fleece of the quilt on my lap. I also would like to be able to do some quiet, creative tasks, during Isaac’s nap time. This will give us the chance to spend time together, but also give me a few minutes in the day, to squeeze in some sewing!
I always try really hard to figure out how a leftie does things, I demonstrated by getting her to use her dominant hand for the needle and less dominant hand holding the frame, as this is how I would do it. Of course she swapped back and forth, but I think I also do that, sometimes. Hopefully she will just figure it out by herself, but I wouldn’t want her to lose interest in ANY activity because she thinks she “can’t do it” due to attempting it right handed and struglling as it isn’t the right way around for her! I would get my mum (another leftie) to help, but I’m pretty sure she was forced to learn these sorts of things right handed! The kids are off to stay with my folks for a few days so I will have to remember to ask her!
I love the look of intense focus on her face! Needless to say, Lily achieve much more sewing than I did as Isaac decided he wasn’t going to nap properly today and all I managed to do was pin the binding on to the quilt.
Here is the finished piece! I actually really like it and I am almost tempted to put it in a frame and maybe put it up in my sewing studio! I don’t know if in the future Lily will share my interest in fabric and sewing, but this will serve as a reminder of a time when we bonded over a shared interest!
Lily also wanted to try out the sewing cards, but lost focus after about 5-10 minutes, maybe she found the punched holes a bit constraining, or maybe it was just enough sewing for the day, or she really wanted to watch the programme on telly! I must remember to print out these retro-inspired sewing cards!