This is part of a series of instructions on how to teach your children to sew in the form of a camp. This series can also be used to teach yourself to sew. Click on the button below for the entire series. This will give you the supplies and materials needed.
Today I will go over the lesson and tutorials for your first day of your Summer Sewing Camp.
Day One: Straight Seams
Now that you know how to sew a straight seam, you are ready for your first sewing projects.
Download and print Pattern Here: Download TissuePackCoverPattern
Pin the pattern to a single layer of fabric. Pins should be just inside the line all the way around the pattern. Now cut on the line. I like to have just an edge of the line showing after it is cut, otherwise we are not sure how far inside the line they wandered.
Cut a piece of poster board or open file folder to 13" X 2". Use the strip to find 2 of the snips. This makes your first folding line. Use your Point Turner & Creaser to "press" the fold. Now press with an iron. Little fingers can be out of the way.
Now fold and iron flap down in half so that the cut edge is even with outside fold just made above. Only the right side of fabric is now visible.
Repeat the process on the other side, folding at the other set of snips, then folding flap back. There should be 2 folds that meet at the center.
Pin side edges together through all 3 layers. I like to use the Wonder Clips instead of pins for this first project. Stitch both seams using a 4/8" seam allowance. Be sure to backtack at the beginning and end of each seam. The only difference between sewing this and sewing on the practice paper is that you need to stop to remove pins/clips as you get close to each one. Be sure that the center folds stay down when sewing over them.
Turn right side out. Poke out corners using the Point Turner & Creaser. Iron flat and insert tissue pack.
Congratulations! You have just sewn your first project.
Some children at this point want to make many more of these for family and friends. This is a good project to do later when you have some down time. At this point keep going on your next project:
Download the complete Instructions and Tutorial Here: Download InstantGratificationPillow-PDF
The first project was cut from a pattern. I think its important that children learn to cut from patterns if they are going to go on to sew clothing from patterns. The pillow has two options:
Either way, with fabric on the fold cut the fabric 13" X 18". This makes the piece 13" X 36" when opened.
For speed on the first day, I always cut this for them, so they can move on with the sewing.
NEVER let children use the rotary cutter!
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