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    Old 07-04-2012, 02:45 PM
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    I always started the little ones off with a 9 patch. The pillow case is a great idea. Have fun. I love teaching kids.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 02:51 PM
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    Many years ago, our brownie scout leader had each of us make a simple bread basket liner. We were to give them to our Mom's for Mothers Day and so I did. I still have (and use) that breadliner today, more than 60 years later.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 04:22 PM
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    I totally that anyone under 10 is probably not ready to sew. I tried with my 7 year GD and she was not ready. I thought she could do a 9 patch by hand. I even marked the seam lines and she still wasn't ready. She did enjoy sewing buttons on scraps of fabric and helping sew a large print stuffed animal. She enjoyed stuffing it. I used to teach 7th graders to sew and believe me it involved lots of sewing without thread on lined paper just to figure out how to follow a line and guide a sewing machine. The 8 th grader after practice could probably handle a pillowcase. We used to do a simple stuffed animal in 7th grade.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 04:30 PM
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    I have been trying to yeah my 13year old grand daughter to sew, but our problem is that while I live in New Zealand she lives in Western Australia, I have cut out squares for her to sew sent samples etc the other problem is that patch workers use inches, and the children in our schools all learn metric. So we have two problems to over come.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 04:31 PM
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    I taught my Girls with squares and made dresser toppers.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 05:45 PM
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    I learned to sew by making clothes for my dolls. Looking back, they were probably awful, but I loved them. My children started with those simple 3"(?) cross stitch hangers with the stamped designs. Doll quilts and sit-upons would be good.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 05:49 PM
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    Originally Posted by ilovequilts34
    Last weekend a friend asked me if I would teach four or five little girls how to sew. Their ages are 5, 8 and three in the 8th grade. I taught first year 4-H sewing years ago, but I need some "modern" ideas of things for them to make. They are eager to learn how to sew, crochet, knit, and embroider, so I need some basic project suggestions. I will have two sewing machines for them to use and plenty of sewing supplies. I am so excited about helping teach these girls some lifetime skills Thanks for any comments and suggestions you might have to make this a successful experience.

    Can you find a really simple purse pattern?
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    Old 07-04-2012, 05:51 PM
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    Originally Posted by mucky
    I totally that anyone under 10 is probably not ready to sew. I tried with my 7 year GD and she was not ready. I thought she could do a 9 patch by hand. I even marked the seam lines and she still wasn't ready. She did enjoy sewing buttons on scraps of fabric and helping sew a large print stuffed animal. She enjoyed stuffing it. I used to teach 7th graders to sew and believe me it involved lots of sewing without thread on lined paper just to figure out how to follow a line and guide a sewing machine. The 8 th grader after practice could probably handle a pillowcase. We used to do a simple stuffed animal in 7th grade.

    LOL, I was making all my own clothes by age 10! A child who wants to learn can begin learning at 3 or 4.
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    Old 07-04-2012, 05:55 PM
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    Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
    Can you find a really simple purse pattern?
    What about this one?
    Oops I for got the link.

    Here it is.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpst4...layer_embedded
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    Old 07-05-2012, 01:34 AM
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    I'm teaching my 5 year old DGD to sew and she is eating it up. Last week, she "cut out" her pillow pattern and did an excellent job of it. This week, I began teaching my 7 year old DGS to sew. With just a few explanations, like how to "read" a 1/4" seam, he sewed his first small strips together. Man, that was the straightest stitching I've ever seen. He operated the foot pedal with machine on slow speed and held his fingers just so. He actually used the 1/4" line on the needle plate. I was quite impressed. He was then ready to move on to making a pillow out of a baseball panel but Mommy came early to pick him up. I am so proud of both of them!!
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