Kayla and I both have been wanting to learn to quilt for some time now. Just recently, I purchased a really cute patchwork quilt kit
for her to “practice” on. When she has completed it, she will have made her dolls this really nice baby blanket! She is totally excited. The kit is really cool too. It comes with all your quilt pieces already pre-cut. It also includes the needles, thread, batting, and your quilt back. All you have to do is sew it together. Using this kit, you can learn how to teach your daughter to sew a quilt.
A few nights ago, this is what I came across. At first, I was a bit confused, but then after watching, I was extremely amused.
I asked her what she was doing. She replied, “Exploring the sewing machine.” At that response, I had to laugh because she is totally her daddy in the fact that she loves to explore anything that is new to her. It is truly how she learns best.
She has been on her head to begin crafting her quilt, so we finally opened everything up last night. After about 15 minutes of me trying to figure out how to thread the dang machine, I broke down and called a friend who came over and within 5 minutes had us going! Since it was so late, we did not get to start sewing, but we did get started laying out our blocks!
After laying out the blocks, we went to bed and then got up the next morning to start on it again.
After laying out the block pattern that she wanted, it was time to get to work. First off, we had to iron all of our pieces out.
After you iron the pieces out, you can start sewing them together. If this is your child’s first time sewing, one of these kits are great because they get to practice straight stitches, keeping things lined up, etc.
After sewing one row together of the nine patch quilt, it was time for more ironing. The thing about sewing a 9 patch quilt is each row, each square has to be ironed otherwise, your seams will not match up.
As a parent, if your child is old enough to use the iron, just stand back and supervise. It truly is the best way to let them learn. I knew that she was very capable of it, so I just stood back and took pictures.
For the quilt, you continue in this manner with each 9 patch until you get them all done. Then once you get that done, sew them all together and when you get done, you will have a cute little doll blanket.
Teaching your daughter to sew is really very easy. It just takes time, practice, and lots of love.
What about you? What are you working on with your child?