Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Teach sewing this summer

Here is a fantastic article I found while doing my research about sewing: Its worth taking the time to read, especially if you have children.....

Teach sewing this summer

Article by: Carol Boles has a master's degree in Special Reading and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has more than ten years experience teaching K-12 reading in public schools. She now manages her own business and is a member of The Lieurance Group, a freelance writer's cooperative. Find out more about her writing services at 

Summer has barely begun, even so you've probably already heard, "I'm bored." So, why not introduce your older children to sewing while teaching them a skill they will use the rest of their lives. 

Here are a few reasons I think sewing skills are important for children to learn: 

  • I encourage parents to not only teach their daughters but also include their sons in sewing lessons. My son used to ask, "Why don't you show me how to use the sewing machine?" He's always interested in what I'm sewing and eager to participate. Really, he's not particularly unusual, since so many famous fashion designers are men. 
  • Assembling any kind of garment or completing a sewing craft project requires reading instructions. Learning to read a pattern and it's accompanying directions teaches children how to read sequential instructions. 
  • Sewing involves math. Children will learn how to figure the amount of yards (of material) needed for a particular project and then accurately measure them out using either a ruler or tape measure. 
  • Sewing teaches children about different kinds of fabrics. As your children learn about fabrics they will learn how different fabrics are laundered. This naturally leads them into lessons on how to operate the washer and dryer and how to take care of their clothing. 
  • Ironing is a companion skill to sewing. As your children learn to sew a garment or craft project they will be introduced to ironing because it is usually required during and after construction. 
  • As your children become proficient at sewing they will be able repair pieces of their clothing. They will be able sew up torn seams and hem garments on perfectly good pieces of clothing which otherwise might have been thrown out or given away. 
  • Don't worry if you don't sew or own a sewing machine. Many fabric and quilt shops offer summer sewing camps for boys and girls. Classes are held once a week, for several weeks, where children are taught basic skills and complete a simple sewing project.
  • Break the summer boredom blues and teach your children a skill they can use the rest of their lives. They're going to be so proud of their finished products, and the best part, you're spending quality time with your children.