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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Pack of scraps for teaching a 7-year-old to sew? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 7/26/12 1:46 PM

EDITED TO ADD: "Teaching to sew" in my subject line may be more ambitious and structured than my friend is thinking. "Inspired to play around with fabric" might be more accurate. Thanks!

A friend just emailed to tell me that she wants to put together a box of fabric scraps, trim, and simple sewing stuff for her 7-year-old granddaughter's birthday. She was asking for advice about what to include. I immediately volunteered my own stash, but have the same question--what to include? I asked what sizes and types of fabric she had in mind, but since she's not a seamstress, thought perhaps the PR folks might have some recommendations as well.

I dearly remember getting a similar pack of things when I was little (some of my grandma's scraps, or a jar of buttons), and being *enchanted* with it--more fondling than actual making it into stuff (which trend actually continued into adulthood! Ha! ), and loving the different patterns, textures, and colors, so I think a wide assortment is good. But I'm not sure on sizes. Charms? Larger? Should I cut the scraps to be of uniform size? Or leave them variable to spark more creativity? (I'm not going to just dump my scrap bin into a box; I want it to look nice, of course!)

Anyone have ideas or recommendations!

Thanks!! (This is my first opportunity to share my lifelong love of needlework with a little one, and I'm VERY excited!!)
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Date: 7/26/12 2:06 PM

I would take all sizes and all types of fabrics, cut them into neat squares/rectangles, fold them up and give. Maybe arrange by size or color or something fun for presentation. At 7, if she "sews" it will likely be for dolls/bears of all sizes and shapes so any pieces would work somewhere.
I think knits would be good, too, as she can just "cut to fit", make armholes and stretch/squish the fabric and doll into the "garment" .
I think a 7 year old would also love trims of all lengths: lace, rick-rack, whatever. They aren't picky and it's all just fun at that age.
And buttons, of course. Buttons just rock.

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Date: 7/26/12 3:02 PM

I save the elastic tops of worn out socks for granddaughter. She attaches her skirts to them and voila instant dresses.

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Date: 7/26/12 3:32 PM

Sister Stir,

You could include some Sewing Cards


I loved these when I was a kid! HERE'S how to make them!

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Date: 7/27/12 8:14 AM

I let my 7 year old son sew on my machine.( Although I think he was more fascinated by the machine than the sewing, he is now an engineer.) But I started him on fabric with stripes and plaids, and had him sew on the lines, to help him learn to sew straight. Then we made a pillow with plaid, and it also helped him sew on the lines and also produced a finished product. Then it was fabric with large circles to follow around. (I drew them). Then we made a pair of boxers. And that was the end of his sewing interest.

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Date: 7/27/12 8:19 AM

I was going to suggest squares and rectangles of cotton fabric, even a few circles for a challenge. And those sewing cards--I used to have some when I was little, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It's great to see them on the rise again.

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Date: 7/29/12 10:24 AM

What a wonderful idea!

Does the child have a special doll she might like to make a dress or skirt for? My DDs did not always sew a seam, but they enjoyed cutting and tying fabric in "high fashion" outfits on their dolls (Barbies). Short pieces of lace always helped for couture accessories!

They really enjoyed using remnants of "fancy fabrics" for those outfits.

They also enjoyed making sleeping bags for their stuffed animals and dolls. No hemming. Just rectangles sewn along 3 sides (or folded and sewn on two sides). Remnants of fleece were especially loved for making those.

Purses were the next step after sleeping bags. They were basically the sleeping bags with handles (and maybe a bow or two)! Remnants of whatever fabric was their favorite color at the time worked well for their "designer bags."

So much fun! I wish I had taken more pictures or their creations!

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Date: 7/30/12 12:12 PM

I have been working with my seven year old granddaughter for about 2 years now. For her seventh birthday I gave her a medium sized plastic storage box (Joann's at 50% off) that I filled with different sized fabric scraps, small balls of yarn, squares of felt, a jar of buttons, various ribbon and lace pieces, thread, large needles and a pair of good scissors that fit her hand. She was thrilled. Working with both her mother and me, she has made a variety of stuffed animals and cars for her younger brother(large cookie cutters make good patterns) out of the felt. Felt is great for young sewers...no raw edges to be concerned with. She uses the yarn to sew the pieces together, buttons for eyes, etc. Using my sewing machine, she has made a few pillowcases (for herself and her brother, usually a holiday theme) and is now making a skirt for herself out of quilting cotton. It has an elastic waist and three tiers of ruffles. She can run the machine and sews a fairly straight stitch by herself, although I am close by for guidance. She can thread a needle, make a knot and sew on a button with a little supervision. So far, she is very enthused, so I hope this keeps up. Her mother can sew, but does not like to sew. I love it and would love to pass this on to my dgd. I am being very cautious and trying not to push, but encourage. So far, so good.

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