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Date: 7/30/10 5:52 PM

My kids are home schooled and my 10 year old loves Project Runway so I would like to include some sewing classes with her regular school work. Im not sure where to start with her, any ideas would be great. Thanks!

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Date: 7/30/10 6:24 PM

go fabric shopping with her and let her pick out the fabrics she loves and ask her what she would like to do with it... or if you have a big stash of fabric go shopping in it .... if i had a daughter i would love to make some pillows , pillowcases , some easy quilts to start with , then maybe a dress , some decorations for the holidays, a table runner , a pencil case ...ect ...

hope you will have fun with your daughter teaching her to sew... and please show us some pics of the projects she will be doing

shirley

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Date: 7/30/10 6:26 PM

PJ pants could make a good first project or an elastic waist skirt.

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Date: 7/30/10 7:46 PM

Is she asking to learn to sew? It's so much easier if she wants to sew!

Go to the fabric store together and look at pattern books. Let her drive and just listen to her! Jot down all the patterns that she loves.

If she wants to do something extremely advanced, see if you can steer her to something similar but simpler. Or let her do it - she can practice new techniques on the fabric scraps.

Another suggestions is to let her sew for a larger doll (like American Girls) while she learns basic sewing machine skills - she can sew a comforter, a skirt, etc. for the doll (not sure if your 10 year old likes dolls.)

To me, it's all about the inspiration - if she loves the project, she'll be more motivated to do a good job!

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Date: 7/30/10 7:57 PM

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http://www.kwiksew.com/Catalog/cat_thumbs.cfm?Cat=Learn_to_Sew&Level=KWIK_Start&QL=KwikStart

Kwik Sew have an excellent range of Kwik Start patterns. The styles are basic to sew so don't forget the trims and embellishments. Tweens love this sort of thing.

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Date: 7/30/10 9:24 PM

I am teaching my daughter with the book Stitches and Pins. My daughter has several years of prior hand sewing experience, for which I used Winky Cherry's book, with all the little stuffed animals. She's been hand sewing things for her dolhouse, little pilllows for her bed, simple doll clothes. So now I am introducing her to the machine, first of all. Then we'll get started with the first project in there, which is a pillowcase. That book is fantastic imo if you want something simple, yet structured, open & go style teaching. All the supplies are inexpensive.

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Date: 7/31/10 7:57 AM

I would start with a pillow case, pj bottoms and then an apron. If she still loves it, then you an progress to an elastic waist skirt and then maybe one with a zipper. My 13 year old enjoys making flannel pj bottoms.

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Date: 7/31/10 8:16 AM

Not all that long ago, sewing was taught in schools and there are still textbooks available. Go to http://vintagesewing.info/index.html
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for some OLD texts that you could look at. Probably too old for you as they are mostly hand sewing. But the structure is interesting and the hand techiques are stil valid. You could google or look at your library for more recent texts. Simplicity (I think) had a child's sewing book at one time.

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Date: 7/31/10 8:50 AM

I just discovered that one of my favorite independent patterns company's has started a 'Learn to Sew' line of patterns. So far they have 2 - a small knapsack drawstring bag and a cloche hat:

Sew Chic Pattern Co. Etsy Shop

I'm not affiliated - I just like her patterns a lot.

JT

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Date: 7/31/10 9:44 AM

We use to always start with an apron, then a tote bag.. then the infamous A-line skirt.. eeks..

With all those quick sew patterns out there now, you can probably do better, although a tote is practical, and can be decorated up which is loads of fun for the children to do. As could an apron but not as practical, unless she also enjoys cooking...

I think the suggestion of pj bottoms is a good suggestion.. Paired with a T-shirt , that could also be decorated.

With Christmas around the corner, if she does enjoy sewing, you could possibly buy her a beginners machine, and some notions to give her a good start. Then the two of you could sew together.. I hope your DD enjoys sewing.. let us know how it goes.......

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