Instead of just talking about teaching “the one” to sew we want to see what was made!
Which means that today we are opening up a linky party that will be left open all month! And when you have taught “the one” to sew please up load a picture of you, the project , or the student to the linky party and you (and your student) will be entered to win a pile of some really amazing prizes….(that we will tell you all about next week).
But what if you don’t have a blog or know how to upload a photo to the linky party???? Well, don’t despair! You can still participate and enter to win! Just leave a comment here on this post telling us what you did and BAM! Just like that you are entered to win!
We really want everyone to sew along with us this month and add some more creative minds to the sewing community! There’s always room for everyone at the sewing table and heaven knows the world could always use a few more quilters! So let’s start get this month long National Sewing Month party started! We can’t wait to see what you all do!
Taught my daughter to sew by teaching her how to sew a pillow.
My mom taught me how to do some alterations on a wedding dress, and I taught my daughter how to make a tote bag for school.
Norma Jean McDarmont says
I started out trying to teach a class of unwed or homeless women how to sew. I was very shocked that not one even knew how to thread a needle or tie a knot in the thread. They didn’t even know how to sew on a button. It wasn’t long before most dropped out accept one. She was almost to her due date to give birth but she tried very hard to learn the basics. We were very excited the day she finally accomplished sewing on a button.
The women come and go in the home so I have no pictures to show. I have had major back surgery so my classes had to stop for a while. As soon as I can I will start again with a new class. I have learned a lot since those days about teaching a sewing class. (Don’t try teaching a group of ladies at the dining room table. To many interuptions.) I didn’t have any sewing machines for them to use and now I have bought and had refurbished several machines to use.
I am not putting this in for a prize, I just wanted to share.
Norma Jean McDarmont
Fort Walton Beach,FL
jane d says
I taught my daughter to make a dress!
Jeanenne Nielsen says
I bought your rag doll and kit for my 10 year old granddaughter for her birthday for her to sew and fix up. Her mother says she loves to sew.
I taught my daughter how to sew a pillow. We used my serger and sewing machine. She stuffed the pillow and then hand sewed the opening shut. It was a lot of fun. It was hard to let go of my perfectionist tendencies and let her do it mistakes and all.
I taught a lady from church how to sew a ruffled skirt for her granddaughter.
I taught my daughter how to sew a pillow. Next we’re going to work on hand sewing so she can fix some of her beloved stuffed animals. She loves it and it’s so great to watch her learn!
I teach sewing in a high school. This semester I have 15 students. We just finished making a drawstring backpack and are starting in on our pajama pants. I look forward to next semester when I get to teach my advanced class about quilting.
Jen B says
I taught my two daughters to make skorts!
Amanda Shuler says
I have three girls (ages 9, 6, and 5). I taught my first to sew beginning at age 5 and my now 6 year old has followed suit! Hoping that my third will want to learn as well! They watch me sew all the time and they have a desire to make things too! I love how creatively they think about sewing! I hope I instill in them a life-long love of sewing they will pass down too!
I have been teaching my 9-year-old niece how to quilt a doll blanket using simple 6″ squares. She is doing a great job!
Rebecca Bristow says
I am teaching my daughter in law how to sew.
Rona McFadden says
I taught my youngest nephew’s mom how to sew an infinity scarf.
Teaching both of my daughters (ages 9 and 6) to sew. My 9 year old loves to sew softies but our first big project is a simple quilt using a charm pack. We’re learning how to sew a straight, consistent seam allowance. They are both loving it! Thanks for this great series!
Amy H says
My daughter sewed a simple bag. Next I want to teach her how to sew by hand. Maybe we can learn embroidery stitches together.
Amy H says
That is a great story and inspiration. Maybe that new mother will come back to learn more skills. I hope that this venture will become a huge success for younand your community. Good luck.
Afton Warrick says
I’ve been teaching my son how to turn his art projects into quilts.
Heidi Rupke says
I am teaching my six year old to sew. We made a doll quilt for her sister, a hand-embroidered throw pillow, a pencil case and a couple of napkins. She is startlingly good and will probably pass me up in skill-level.
Kristin M says
In August, I taught one of my nieces to sew a pillowcase with french seams. During the process, I gave some pointers to my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law. Just a couple of weeks ago, I lost my sister-in-law unexpectedly. I am glad to have had the chance to include her in the sewing lesson with her daughter. My niece is very proud of her first sewing project and has told me that she has been using her new pillowcase every night.
Penny D says
Well I taught myself to quilt, and I gave them to my boys, and as soon as I feel better I am going to sew one of your 3 seam dresses, because I keep gaining weight from the medication I am on, and I am going to sew them all another quilt that will really mean something to them, so they always have a hug from me, and when the good LORD takes me home, then they can just wrap them selves in that quilt and know that I am hugging them back, I don’t know how much time I have left, I know last year was a gift, I am 52 and we just had our 33 anniversary, but we both know it was a gift, and we take nothing for granted except we both know that our Good LORD will always keep care of us, but in the mean time, I need some clothes to wear and when you go from a size 8 to 3 x in a years time, its needless to say I need some clothes to wear to church on the days I can make it, but let me tell you, I have learned an awful truth in all this, and that is that this country very much discriminates against heavy people, and I would of never believed it until it has happened to me, it is very sad but true and I just want to thank you for your 3 seam dress, its easy and beautiful.
On Monday, I was a guest teacher at the North Strand Housing Shelter – brought in my Featherweights and worked with another woman, Rhonda, who volunteers there teaching 2 women how to put together a quilt top for the Quilts of Valor (www.qovf.org). QOVF provides quilts to Veterans free of charge. The two women had never been on machines before and by the time the hour was up, we had the quilt top 80% finished. We will go back again this coming Monday and finish. I will take pictures of our finished quilt top and their smiling faces. The women were totally hooked. Working on getting machines as a permanent fixture there is our next mission.
I taught myself how to sew. I was bound and determined to sew. I made a t-shirt quilt with my daughters athletic t-shirts. She absolutely loved the quilt!! When I started the quilt…i had no idea what interfacing was or a walking foot. So, it was made without either. I’ve learned alot with trails and error. The scariest part was cutting up the shirts… Because I could not replace them. I have fell in love with sewing since then. Starting the next quilted project now.
Over the years I have taught sewing to many girls. Others children, my children and grandchildren. I have been richly blessed through that experience. Last spring I spoke to a nine your girl at my church and told her I thought she could do well. She made simple shorts to begin with.
I offered to give her some lessons at my home. After being in remission for cancer for six years the cancer came back. I was unable to continue teaching this delightful nine year old. She loved sewing and her Mom gave her a book of patterns for making simple toys. She is not afraid to try anything, even sped signed her own patterns.
This week she brought me a birthday gift. She designed the pattern and stitched I Love You.
What a pleasure to see her interest in sewing. I will love her forever. As you teach sewing you also visit and form a bond of love.
Try it, it is so worthwhile!
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How do I send you photos of what the child gave me out of love?
Betsy Lobmeyer says
I am teaching my daughter Anna to sew using the ragged baby quilt tutorial.
I taught my 6 year old daughter how to sew a pillowcase for her Dad. And now she’s hooked!
I taught my son how to hand-stitch:
My niece, who is 9, and I are on a roll. We have made headbands and a pillowcase so far. But just because September is over doesn’t mean we are stopping. We are going fabric shopping to continue with a maxi skirt (to wear with a sweater for fall), a crossbody bag for her books during library trips, and a purse for her to use when we go to the store. She has requested other projects as well that we will work into our schedule as time permits! My daughter, who is 6 and didn’t have any interest before, has now seen all the cool things her cousin is making and wants me to teach her as well. We will start the way I started with my niece – sewing straight lines using my giant pile of scrap fabric. I really enjoy passing on this skill to my girls, as it is such a great love of mine even though I’m just at intermediate skill level myself 🙂
Sherry Dickman says
My granddaughter is only 5. She has a stuffed dog named “Chilling” because he just is chilling out all the time. She wanted to make a lead for Chilling. So we took strip of knit webbing that is wrapped around blankets when you purchase them, and sewed designs along the length. While I ran the machine, she pulled the fabric through, and also picked out the stitch. Sometimes she just want to push the pedal, and other small things that make her feel like she is creating lots of wonderful things. She is always looking for things to “sew’ down in my room. She asked for a “real, little” sewing machine for Christmas so she can “really” do things. How can I say no?
Laura D says
Started teaching my niece, Gracie to sew. She’s been begging for years, and now that she’s older, it was time. We’ve made three projects so far and done lots and lots of sewing through paper.
i am learning to sew this month and made my daughter a dress for her first day of school. I also made a makeup bag and a bib!
Michele Timms says
I am teaching my coworker to make quilts… The latest project is choosing fabrics for a table runner. Next week we will sew them up and decide the designs for hand quilting!! I love it that she is eager and loves fabric like me!! I don’t have a blog to post our p ogress though.
Cynthia Brewer says
Taught my 8 year old daughter how to sew a pair of pajama pants for her 18 ” doll. We found some left over fabric from a pair of pj’s that I had made for myself. So now my daughter got the pleasure of learning to sew with mom and the doll and I both have a pair of matching polk dots flannel pajama pants. What a hoot.!!!
Karly Nelson says
I’ll make sure to link up! My kids are always sewing little things with me and my friends daughter has been sooo excited to learn how to sew. She’s already made herself a skirt and has a bag half way sewn up. It’s been making me so happy to see her so excited! 😀