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    After promising for TWO YEARS that I would teach him how to sew, I finally had my DGS and DGD (who in the interim decided she wanted to learn, too) over to make pillowcases. I started by having them watch Jenny's YouTube tutorial on the Million Pillowcase challenge. This is what they did - some froggy stitching, but overall a nice job. He's 9, she's 7. I've been working on their baby brother's quilt, which I'm hoping to finish this weekend. They both seemed to enjoy themselves - sure would be nice to see them derive the same joy from sewing that I do.

    What are your tips for teaching children to sew/quilt?

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    Default Re: the Next Generation

    No tips, but you have very cute grandchildren.

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    I have no advece because my granddaughters have learned to sew with my sister who is a teacher of dressmaking and has had an academy, but her grandchildren are very willing to learn and you can see them happy with your jobs, I am sure you´ll get them to love sewing

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    Follow their lead. I'd see if they wanted to make a charm square quilt next.
    Katrina


    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
    ― Maya Angelou

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    Two of my gc wanted to sew and I even got them machine but three years later they are showing no interest. Don't dispair! They are well rounded and as I recall, my grandmother helped me sew and then I moved on to other thoughts. I came full circle three or four times. I have been known to go ten or more years without any sewing then I get the bug and off I go again. Just plant the seed and you'll real the rewards

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    Your grands are adorable. I love the pretty pillow cases they. How fun for you to spend a day with your grand kids teaching them to make them and they will remember the time you spent.
    A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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    Tip? Make sure they are having fun. If they aren't having fun they aren't going to be interested for long.
    You gots to risk it to gets the biscuit-

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    Let them pick out the fabric they like and project they want to make. And take baby steps. I taught a camp at my sister's daycare several years ago, kids from 7-9. For some, I had to kneel down and guide the fabric, while they pressed the presser foot. It was also important to watch their attention span and not try to do too much at one sitting. It took us all week, for each to do a pillowcase dress, with me completing parts of it. I handled any curved seems and the cutting of armholes, so they only had to do straight seams.

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    The kids did a great job. Like Terry said, you planted the seed. They will know they can do it if they become interested in years to come.

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