Sewing Day

Last week was a usual flurry of activity. Some days it rained. Thanks to Grandma M the Magic School Bus DVD collection became a top item in the house.

There was also spring skiing and a lot of creative play.

The kids spent a great afternoon with their Aunty B last Wednesday. She is teaching them how to sew using a sewing machine!

I can’t say how excited they were to learn.

Aunt B started them out with a great step by step process.

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First, the Sewing Maze on paper.

They started out learning the parts of the sewing machine. They wrote each new word down.

They started out learning the parts of the sewing machine. They wrote each new word down.

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They learned how how each part moves and works.

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Aunty gave them each a sewing maze sheet. They used this sheet to write down the parts of the machine. Then they learned how to sew using the maze. Here Thiery is in deep concentration.

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Ronan sewing his maze.

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Zahra came back to it a few times before she finished it all. Learning to control the speed takes practice.

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The first item they sewed was a personal pocket or puppet. They could choose what they wanted to use it for. I say he looks proud.

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Getting those straight lines down takes practice too.

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So does learning to sew backwards!

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Their final product Aunty B taught them to make – Lavender Pillows! They chose their own material.

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They sewed half of the bag before they filled it with lavender. Zahra is cutting away any extra pieces of thread.

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Ronan’s finished product. All three sleep with their pillows at night now.

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Thiery enjoying the smell of her new lavender pillow.

The kids are learning a great skill.

Sewing teaches planning.

It’s a step by step process.

They problem solved.

They used creative thinking.

They applied patterns and sequence.

But most of all, they had FUN.

I love that the kids look forward to bedtime so they could use their pillows.

Thank you Aunty.

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