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The Washington Post says: “Sewing is Back” and Sew News is offering a free e-Book, Sewing for Kids


"Eva Sophia Shimanski, 10, picked out the perfect thing to wear on the plane for her family’s trip to Colorado last week: the dress she had just made at sewing camp. “It’s really comfortable,” she said.  Eva Sophia is one of many kids who have recently discovered the old art of sewing. Camps and community centers are offering more sewing classes for kids, as are fabric stores, individual crafters and some schools.  “I think it makes me happy because I’m using my hands,” Eva Sophia said. “I’m not just saying, ‘I want this and will you make it for me or buy it for me.’ ”   read on


Sew News is offering a free e-Book, Sewing for Kids, that features three kid-friendly projects, as well as a helpful Q&A article about helping a child learn to safely use a sewing machine. Download your free PDF copy today.

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Comment by decemberbaby on November 22, 2011 at 2:33pm

Glad you picked up on this article, Susan. My daughter loves to handsew!

Comment by Delores Kling on August 8, 2011 at 5:39pm
I guess maybe it is time to get the Granddaughter involved.  
Comment by marsha on August 8, 2011 at 10:29am

great love it

marsha in tennessee


Comment by Michele P on August 8, 2011 at 8:53am

Thanks for this post.  I love to see articles that encourage kids to sew.


Comment by Bryden Shiells on August 7, 2011 at 5:52pm
so where is the dress?  
Comment by Debi Tullier on August 7, 2011 at 4:03pm

Love This so glad they are recognizing that sewing is back and here to stay. All of the people I teach want to make things that are uniquely them. I applaud this!


Comment by Londa Rohlfing on August 7, 2011 at 12:32pm
Holding sewing camps in a tourist family location is on my bucket list for retirement...some day. Used to do this at my shop and then from my basement...and now my schedule just doesn't allow...but just yesterday in cleaning my basement studio carefully packed all the notions I used in my camps...found it best for me to provide everything but fabric, that way everyone shared freely cuz it all belonged to the teacher anyway.
Comment by Jane Doe on August 7, 2011 at 10:33am

Sorry for this being so long, but sewing is my passion and if there are those that have that same passion and desire, I will gladly share with them....

for me...sewing has always  'been in style'.  Even when i could afford high end purchased clothes, i sewed.  Sewing has sustained my family during hard times.  But I sew for the LOVE of it.  I sew for charity to give back.  I am not a teacher but work in a high school and brought one of my little dresses in to show the sewing teacher, saying that this is what i make for charity.  A simple little dress, with one big pocket with a little simple doll that i make with a dress made with matching fabric!  She showed them to the sewing class and they wanted to sew for charity over making a hoodie or pj pants for themselves!   This class made 17 little dresses, they didn't have time to make the dolls and dresses for them, so i did that.  Those little dresses and dolls are now being loved by many little girls in Haiti. (one of our teachers is in the reserves and is presently stationed there for 6 months).  This teacher now wants each sewing class to make ONE project for charity...not only do these students learn sewing skills but they are learning to gift their sewing gifts!  I have created (I am not the sewing teacher, the department head asked me to do this) a few samples for the classes coming for September and February to decide on what they want to sew.   Some of the ideas I have that will go to Haiti (the ages are from 2 to 17, are the ages of 30 children that are in the orphanage that our teacher in the Canadian Army reserves is working with) bags with matching pencil case (made from fabric sample books from an upholstery/drapery store) - I made a few of these and last time and were a hit.  A messenger bag with a flap over for the older kids specifically boys made from recycled blue jeans.  Larger dress (instead of an external pocket, I make pockets in the seams and make a matching shoulder bag).  Boys:  t-shirts, shorts, shirts......

These are the projects that will be at the school on the first day for the students to be visually inspired so they can be inspired to sew, inspired to gift back, inspired to sew for themselves. 



Comment by Gloria Duerr on August 7, 2011 at 10:13am
I think it's WONDERFUL that folks are sewing again--it's a skill that ALL should have.  I'm proud to say that I never stopped sewing and hope to continue sewing and teaching sewing until the day I leave this earth!!!
Comment by Resweater on August 7, 2011 at 10:09am

Judith, i'm with you! Sewing has become more expensive than buying new clothes, if you buy new. I try to buy everything resale. I only paid $30 for my everyday (& I pretty much sew every day!) sewing machine, and use a lot of materials from resale locations. I love when I find great fabrics at garage sales! Mostly I work with recycled wool (aka felted sweaters), so i'm all about reusing.


I love that sewing is cool again. I can't wait to teach my son!

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