S’s Sewing Diaries

Hello! I think it’s about time I updated you on S, my 6-year-old’s, sewing adventures.
She has made two more things on her little yellow sewing machine since I shared her teddy, Mr Buttons, with you.
Firstly, and quite some time ago, she made a string of padded hearts. This is what one of you lovely people recommended she makes!

Padded hearts

This kept her occupied for a good couple of hours. She spent ages choosing fabrics from my scrap bag and cutting hearts out.

She made them by sewingย wrong sides together – no fiddly turning right-side-out –ย leaving a gap, stuffing, then sewing up the gap.

Padded heart

I rather like the shabby chic look of them!

I helped her string them together (I punched a hole in each with a hole punch (LOL) and threaded some twine through!)

padded hearts

She’s really happy with them and they are hung on the back of her dining chair!

padded hearts

Then last week she wanted to make some clothes for her best friend,ย Teddy. She wanted to make a top or a dress but I managed to persuade her to make a skirt that doesn’t need fastenings.

So she made a simple elasticated skirt – and it’s so darn cute!

Teddy's skirt

Featuring the cute animal fabric for the third time in a row on this blog! It must be almost finished now… I only had about 80cm of it – we’ve done well with it.

teddy's skirt

I helped her with pressing the casing and hem (helped her as in I did all of it…) and she did the sewing.

I think she did really well considering she hasn’t learnt to sew in straight lines yet!! I just had to unpick a bit once as it’s pretty important to keep the line of stitching on the casing straight so that the elastic will fit in!

teddy skirt

She wanted to add a ribbon bow – in pink, because it’s Teddy’s favourite colour. So before inserting the elastic, she sewed a long piece of ribbon starting in the middle, going all around to the middle again. We placed it just under the casing and I think it worked rather well! She used a zigzag stitch because that’s much more fun than a boring straight stitch, isn’t it?

I threaded the elastic for her as she got in a tizz about that, but she did do the majority of it!

teddy skirt

Now she wants to make a top because of course Teddy can’t go topless. Hmm I guess we could make something with Velcro to fasten at the back….

Keep an eye out for the next instalment of S’s Sewing Diaries!!

Beth x

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35 thoughts on “S’s Sewing Diaries

  1. She is really getting good. It is not easy sewing a small heart shape effectively. And good choices of fabrics. I am itching to teach the four year old to sew on the same little yellow machine that I bought after seeing your post. Even the one year old is interested in sewing machines….

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    • You’re right, it must be one of the hardest shapes to sew! Oh you will have a lot of fun. Haha before my little one was walking she’d crawl under the table and play with the foot pedal!

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  2. Wow – I’m so impressed. A 6 year old who can sew all that deserves to be applauded! I can’t see my 6 year old doing this somehow – attention span of a gnat!

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  3. How great is that? I love to see kids learn how to sew. It’s a sort of magic, isn’t it, turning fabric into clothing for your teddy friend? Lots of fun and lots of learning, too.

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  4. She has obviously inherited your sewing skills! I love the hearts and the skirt and it is so good to see little ones getting interested in making stuff. I knew the new WordPress layout I’d chosen for my blog was familiar – I wasn’t copying, honestly!

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    • Oh that’s a good idea. Thank you. Hmm you reminded me, I’ve seen a lot of peasant style dresses for girls, with the elastic necklines… Why didn’t I think of that?! Oh Teddy will have quite a wardrobe soon!

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