Photo Credit Sewing Jungle Unicorn Pattern Kids Can Sew Summer sewing camps for kids are quickly becoming more and more popular. They are fast paced, fun, AND educational. Here are 5 tips to help you plan your upcoming summer sewing camps.  Tip #1 – CHOOSE A THEME Every summer sewing camp should have a theme! People like themes. Themes get people excited. Unicorns, travel, mermaid…whatever your theme is, embrace it! Get creative and design your camp entirely around your chosen theme Read more…


Having been in the business of teaching kids to sew for over 35 years, we have learned a lot along the way. A lot! Some lessons we’ve learned are great….others….well, not-so-pretty. It’s all part of the process. With that in mind, we want to share with you how a sewing curriculum, specifically the Kids Can Sew curriculum, can help you in your business of teaching kids to sew. 1- TIME SAVINGS. This is one of the biggest benefits of using our Read more…


Are you wanting to teach your child to sew? Here is what you can expect (realistically) from your child when it come to sewing.  Ages 3-6 Between the ages of 3-6, lacing cards are fabulous! This helps them develop the fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination skills, and patience that sewing requires. Living Life and Learning has a great tutorial on making your own lacing cards here.  Another sewing activity that is great for this age group is sewing large buttons on Read more…


Teaching kids to sew can be both a rewarding and challenging endeavor. Here are a few tips to help you get started with this adventure.   TIP 1 – Select the right machine Your child’s experience with the sewing machine can make or break their entire sewing experience…no pressure, but choose wisely! – Use a full size sewing machine, NOT a toy machine. I repeat, DO NOT use a toy sewing machine under ANY circumstances. (trust me on this, I’m saving Read more…


Aprons are always fun to wear during the holidays.  They are functional and also very cute! These take very little fabric. This one uses a fat quarter as the main fabric and for these extra long ties with cute bottom band, you use 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric. Some of you are asking “What is a fat quarter”?  Good Question!  A fat quarter is a single piece of fabric that is 18″ x 22″.  It is equal to a quarter of Read more…


We have been making these great fabric candy trays! They are quick and could be done in 1 hr.  I precut everything to make it go quickly. You need: 2 – 10″ fabric squares 1 – 10″ non fusible fleece or batting 8 buttons or *1/2″ double fold bias tape; store bought or made from matching fabric Matching or contrasting thread *If using bias tape sew open side and cut 8 – 10″ strips. 1. Place 10″ fabric pieces pretty sides Read more…


Super easy fun Fall Pumpkin DIY tutorial. You won’t be able to stop making these once you start! ???? Happy Sewing!!!   STEP 1: Pick your fabric and find a circle template. You can use a large bowl, lampshade or whatever circular object you can find. Trace the circle directly on the wrong side of your fabric and cut out.   STEP 2: Once you’ve cut out your circle, thread a hand needle with button thread. I like to use button Read more…


A student asked if I would help make a few changes to the bag.  Here is how she added a zipper pocket to the inside of her bag. Here is what is needed to add the pocket: 10″x15″ piece of fabric 8″ or larger plastic zipper Cut out and sew center seams as pattern requires. As shown in photo above:  3″ below top of seam of the lining, draw a 7″ line.  3.5″ on each side of seam.  1/2″ below that Read more…


One of my favorite things is trimming our tree at Christmas.  I love going through all the ornaments with my grownup kids. They enjoy seeing ornaments that were given to them from Girl Scout leaders, sports coaches, teachers, and special people from their youth.  This year I am making ornaments for each of my students. I hope some day they will see it in their ornament collection and remember fondly their first experience with sewing! I saved a piece of scrap Read more…


Easy Fleece Cap We are making Fall and holiday gifts. Yes, even in Florida we can get a few weeks of cold weather. And a cap is great! This is another easy quick and inexpensive idea. You need: 1/3 yd fleece; thread; embellishments (optional) Measure students head. Fleece is stretchy so you don’t need to add more than your seam allowance. I have the students add 1 inch and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance. To embellish ours we used felt leaves Read more…

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