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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…


Drawstring Bag or Drawstring Backpack?   I love the Kids Can Sew  Level 1 drawstring bag!  It is so useful, I have several around my house to store things in.  My students love making it into a drawstring backpack for carrying their pattern books and supplies to class.  It is so simple to do!    Follow KCS Level 1 Drawstring Bag pattern as indicated with exception to the strings.  We use clothesline rope that is found in your big box stores Read more…


 LETS TIE A PRETTY BOW!   For the 19 Aug 2014 blog we were sewing sashes to embellish our Kids Can Sew dresses! My students love sashes and the big bows. We have them on dresses, aprons, tops, and so much more!  Many students and parents have asked how to tie such pretty straight bows.   It is so easy and with a little practice you can tie the perfect bow too!   1. Wrap the sash smoothly and straight around Read more…


How to Cut Felt I just came across the BEST tutorial on cutting felt!  I am excited to try this on my next felt project.  Felt is a staple around my sewing school.  We embellish as much as we can using felt.  We hope you find this useful too!  Big thanks to Benzie Design for this wonderful tutorial!  You can find the felt tutorial here. Happy felt cutting!! ~Lyndee

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