As a homeschool parent, I have the opportunity to expose my girls to lots of different learning opportunities. I wish I could have known in high school that I love sewing and art. I would have chosen a different major in college. I don’t regret my past however because it is the reason I am where I am today. The best part about learning new things, is that I get to learn right along with them! It is exciting to see them light up when they learn something new. One of the biggest things I want to teach my girls is to love learning and always continue learning.
We have taken glass blowing, cake decorating, pottery, and now block printing. While glass blowing was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed making beads, block printing really ignited my fire to create. In addition, block printing is much more applicable to sewing since printing on fabric is a lot of fun.
Here is the promised tutorial for the monogrammed pillow! I am planning to put tutorials for all of my sewing camp projects on my blog over the next few weeks. I am hopeful that you will use them to teach a child (or adult) how to sew.
When I was in high school Chemistry I had a teacher that answered all of my suggestions for a science project with “so?”. It was so frustrating that I dropped honors Chemistry. Maybe it was sign…SEW not SO! Over twenty years later, my daughter is taking chemistry and loving every minute. We are all gifted in different ways and chemistry was not one of my strengths. If only I’d known then what I know now I may have taken a different path. My heart and my joy is sewing. I love seeing children excited about sewing. I love teaching them how to create. I love coming up with projects that teach beginning sewing, but also produce a delightful finished product. These monogrammed pillows are just that sort of project. I used them to teach sewing machine control. As the kids continued to stitch around and around their letter, they quickly became more confident in turns and curves. Finishing the pillow teaches the concept of right sides together and seam allowances. They all learned how to take needle and thread in hand and close a hole. I hope to get a tutorial for the pillow together this week!