Monday, April 09, 2012

Sewing with boys...

It was bound to happen.  

My big guy (9 years old) wanted to work the machine.  MY machine.  

He had his first lesson in sewing with this Pillowcase Tutorial.   He was intent on choosing just the right fabrics.  Dragons, black and orange.   As for cutting and measuring, he could care less.   "Let's get on to the sewing already!" is what was screaming in his head as my voice droned on about selvedges, precision, straightening and measurements.  I had to make it somehow boring and mundane, right?   I needed to introduce something boring in this project.   He was about to use MY machine, and I really need to protect the one area in the house that no one really knows anything about.  
 He was so excited, so careful, and so like a man..how fast can this thing go? what does this button do? can I wind another bobbin?  can I cut the threads again with the button?  again? 
 We worked on lining up the edges with the presser foot.
 And yes, I let him iron!   Again, buttons and shiny objects (steam function) was a big hit!
 So proud! I sewed a pillowcase!
He was so chuffed -  so was I....

The pillowcase tutorial was super easy and quick!  I have a feeling this will not be the last sewing adventure with my big guy.   


13 comments:

  1. I love that he wanted to sew! That is awesome, keep encouraging him. Just buy another machine. Hehe

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  2. what a great starter project! and awesome fabric :o) I agree with Lisa...another machine is a great idea!!

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  3. He did an awesome job, and I love all the colors he chose!

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  4. How terrifying and exciting! Love the fabric - his pillowcase came out AWESOME!

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  5. Fantastic! It's a great skill to have....

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  6. He did a wonderful job and I love the fabric. I spent my March Break teaching my 10 year old nephew how to quilt and this past weekend my son helped me catch up on my UFOs. I think guys sewing is great!

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  7. Karen8:58 PM

    Awesome job -- I hope he keeps up with trying all sorts of things! Can't wait to can with him this summer. Move over, there's a new Martin Stewart on the block.

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  8. That is so great!!! He did such a good job too. Love the fabric he picked!!

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  9. Super cute post!

    ♥ Shia

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  10. I can completely understand that stress!

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  11. I love it! My boys want to sew things too. I have been trying to come up with some cool projects for boys to work on over the summer. I love his fabrics! Their so hyper masculine :-)
    And isn't it scary to let kids use your beloved machine?? I saved my old machine just for this reason.

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  12. It's funny, my son is nine years too, and he wants always sew on my machine. He has made himself a pillowcase too (with a fabric featuring a map of London) and looks similar cuddling like yours!

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  13. I loved this post! I think it is a great skill for boys to know how to use a sewing machine.

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