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Thread: Ideas for Children

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    Ideas for Children

    I have been asked to teach my granddaughters kindergarten class how to sew on the machine. My granddaughter started to sew on my machine at the age of 3 and has made 3 small quilts to date. Since the project will need to be completed in 1or 2 sessions, I am not sure what to do. I have a pattern to make napkins that when folded they make a Christmas Tree, and they are really cute, but if I do the decorative stitching around the edges it might take them up to 20 minutes per napkin per child. I thought these would be cute for them to make, but they would need to make at the very least 2. Any ideas any one has would be greatly appreciated. The things we do for our grandchildren!!

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    What kind of machine did your granddaughter learn on?? Curious since my GS was 3 in August -

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    A finshed product in two days...I would do a pillow case. Fun, useable and super simple! That being said whose providing the fabric? That makes a difference.
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    Janome 6500. I made sure the speed control was on slow when she first learned.

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    I will supply the fabric which I don't have a problem with. I did think about a pillowcase too.

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    What about making a placemat? Cut strips ahead of time out of Christmas fabric - really wide, then they can sew them together. Flip and Sew QAYG style onto a fabric foundation.

    Make extra wide "binding" they can fold in half leghtwise, then tuck edges to center of lengthwise. With being really wide, and tucking into the center against the fold, even if they sew it on all wonky, it should still catch.

    Make the length about twice as long as needed, so it can be tied into a bow at the top of the square to make a "gift box" placemat.

    Maybe be sure that the fabric for the binding is near the center of the strips. Before adding the binding, add one strip horizontally across all fabrics (tuck edges under, they can sew on both edges to secure). This would add to the look of the gift box.
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    Sounds like fun. My DGDs are to far away (MO) for me to be involved like that. Lucky you.
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    How about those cute tissue holders. They are so easy to do and you only need to fabrics.
    Main fabric 6 1/2" x 5 1/2", liner 7 1/2 x 5 1/2. There is a tutorial here, I just don't know how to post it on this new site yet.

    http://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com...s/t/15617.aspx

    Looks like the link came through! Enjoy!
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    Why not make bean bags and have a box with a hole in the top that they can use as a target. It is obviously an indoor toss and throw game with each child making his bean bag to toss. Good to teach to sew, quick for their attention span, makes a game they can use indoors at school all year, good for coordination.

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    I taught Kinder for seven years. They would love beanbags. Maybe two each so they can play against someone at home.

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