Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Father's Day Gift Card Wallet

I hope all the dads had a happy Father's Day! Here are the super cute gift card wallets we made to help Dad celebrate. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Heart-ornament Tray Presentation

A pretty Mother's Day gift project from My First Sewing Lessons as it was presented to the kids in sewing class. As I've mentioned before, I really like to put together project trays to spark engagement and creativity in my students. :) 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

In class last week we sewed and stuffed heart-shaped ornaments in honour of Mother's Day.

The kiddos got super creative with their design element choices using stitch types, buttons and felt patches to embellish and personalize their ornaments for Mum.

We are so thankful for our mothers, and this was our way of saying a heartfelt 'Thanks, Mum!'

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hand Sewing Level 3

Level 3 Hand Sewing; I love this level.

So do the children!

At this level they are freer than ever before to explore, design and discover for themselves what works and what does not work ... and to enjoy being creative.

By level 3 the kids have learned, practised and mastered the skills from Levels 1 and 2. Now they are ready for the next step, to sew and embellish their first doll and accessories.

"A doll has a shape just like you.
It can look like you, or someone new!"
Winky Cherry

Monday, February 8, 2016

Dots and Pins and Little Birds

Felt birds are perfectly prepped and waiting to be whip stitched and stuffed pillowy soft! Which colour will YOU choose?

"Beginners need the dots to see exactly where each stitch should be!
Put pins in so edges match. Pins hold pieces together, while stitches attach!"
Winky Cherry

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Project Tray

Here is an example of a project tray from my beginner hand sewing lessons. This one is a felt Christmas-tree ornament.

I really enjoy making the trays interesting and attractive for the kids, and they like deciding how they will make use of the items.

Tray objects from left to right ~ A pincushion with a needle, and thread snips (we have already talked about how to use them safely).

~ A glass snowman dish, a perfect nest for jingle bells, hair clips (instead of straight pins) and thread.

~ 3 tins holding an assortment of buttons to sew on the tree - when the tray was first presented the tins were closed. Opening them to see what was inside encouraged engagement and choice making.

~ And lastly, pre-cut felt trees and a pair of tweezers available to pick up the little buttons, if wanted.

I am of the belief that sewing is more than simply putting stitches in fabric. It engages the senses ~ sight, touch and sometimes hearing (as when a button drops).

And sewing presents an opportunity to learn several thought processes including how to make choices and stick with them ... how to reach a goal - i.e. in what order to perform steps ... how to persist until a project is finished ... and how to resolve problems.

I wrote this article about why I love to sew with felt which explains my reasons for using it with kids.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Here's 8-year-old Sienna strutting her *ahem* stuff(ie) .... a charming felt heart, hand-stitched and stuffed plump.

Summer classes are over now, and it's back to school next week.

I can't wait to meet the next group of kids who want to learn to sew!

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