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Five Reasons to Teach Your Children to Sew

Karen Flournoy

Posted on December 28 2018

Five Reasons to Teach Your Children to Sew

At Chateau Sew & Sew, we are a family who sews. For generations, our family has taught our children, and our children’s children, to sew. And while these days it’s unlikely your child will need to hand-sew a wardrobe full of clothes, the benefits of teaching your child the lifelong skill of sewing goes far beyond the obvious benefit of being able to sew on a button or hem a pair of pants.

 

Teaching your child to sew:

  1. Helps develop and mature their finger dexterity and fine motor skills;
  2. Builds self-confidence;
  3. Teaches them patience, perseverance and problem solving;  
  4. Improves hand-eye coordination;
  5. Sparks creativity and passion.

 

If you'd like to learn how to sew with us, please sign up for an upcoming class, which are open to all ages and skill levels. We hope to see you in the shop soon!

 Seven Tips to Teach Your Child to Sew

 In our family, sewing is a lifelong passion and hobby, and with each new generation, we have kept the tradition of sewing alive. My mom taught me how to sew at age 7, and I started teaching my son to sew when he was 4. While teaching your children to sew takes time and patience, we have seven tried and true steps to help get you started:

 

  • Start small.Pick a project that will keep your child's attention, and can be completed without taking terribly long. 
  • Use precut fabrics.This will save you tons of time!
  • Start simple.You don’t want your child to feel overwhelmed. There are lots of moving parts in sewing. 
  • Go slow.Let your child decide on his/her pace.
  • Be patient.Remember, it’s about the process!
  • Imperfection is okay.Forget trying to make anything perfect and do not point out sloppy work unless it is going to ruin the project.
  • Take pictures.Whether this is a hobby your child ends up taking into adulthood or not, the pictures will be amazing to have to look back on.

 

It's never too early (or too late!), to learn how to sew. If you’d like more tips for how to teach kids how to sew, or need fun and easy starter projects, pop by our shop for ideas!

Fondly,

Karen

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