Recently I was asked at what age should I teach my child to sew? Well, I guess this really depends on the child and their ability to learn fine motor skills and the time you have available to teach them. You can have your child hand sewing with wool on a piece of craft hessian at quite a young age. I have a piece that Alyssa worked on at Kindergarten when she was 4 years old (check out the photo to the right) and this is a great place to start as it teaches the very basics of pushing and pulling a needle and thread through fabric. When my son was about 5 years old, I took a piece of felt and cut it into the shape of a shirt. Brodie then stitched a pocket, collar and buttons onto the felt. This piece of art work is still on display on his bookshelf today (see photo below).
If your child is at the stage where they can use a sewing machine but you are not sure how to go about teaching them (or simply don’t have the time), my ‘How to Make Doll Clothes’ video course is perfect. It covers everything from the basic stitches, working with different types of fabric, through to attaching frills and collars. The course is split over 6 weeks and the videos are super easy to follow. They can work at their own pace and Mom is there to offer support and encouragement along the way. So find out more about my How to Make Doll Clothes video course today.