When you are learning to sew, I recommend some basic sewing supplies.
This is part of a Summer Sewing Camp series:
This Summer Sewing Camp is intended for a mom to teach her child to sew. I recommend your child inviting one or two friends so that it becomes a class. There will be instructions and supplies for mom and for each child.
If you are using these instructions to teach yourself, just follow both parts.
Each child should have:
Box for Kit
Sewing Machine. I recommend using a sewing machine you have as long as it has a slow stitch setting. If not, I recommend the Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine. Read my review here: Janome Sew Mini
Start-To-Sew Kit. The easiest way to run your camp is if everyone has the same sewing kit. I have had students bring in gramma's sewing basket but it may not have what they need. The Dritz Start-To-Sew Kit found HERE is the best one I have found. The kit includes a pin cushion, tape measure, needle threader, marking pencil, seam gauge, hand needles, scissors, seam ripper, pins and thimble. The scissors in this kit are also perfect for the beginner because they are not too sharp but can cut through what they need to. The pins do not work that well and I substitute them with Multi Color Ball Point Pins. I have used several other sewing kits, including other ones sold on Amazon for less, but I have been disappointed. I have also bought kits from Michaels and JoAnns and none measure up to this one. Do NOT buy the sewing kits made by Simplicity, Singer or Sewing Basket.
Supply Box. Any kind of pencil box or supply box will work to put the Start-To-Sew kit in. Again, it is easier if they each have the same type of box. Different colors are great. I found that these from Michael's fit the scissors well and are only $1.00 and they carry these year-round. Target and Staples will have similar ones in the summer during their back-to-school sales.
If all children have the same supplies, the class will run more smoothly. You can go over all the tools at the same time with everyone. If one child brings in gramma's big sewing box, then everyone gets distracted trying to find things.
As the camp instructor you should supply the following items:
Extension cord and power strip
Rotary Cutting Set
Glass Head Pins
Rotary Cutting Set. This is for use by adults only. I recommend that the adult do the cutting for this camp. It gives such nice clean edges to cut fabrics that make it easy for little hands that are learning to sew their first projects. I have had a Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set for many years. This set includes an 18" x 24" mat, a rotary cutter and a 6 x 24" acrylic ruler. This set is all you need.
I have more recently purchased an OLFA 24" x 36" mat. This works very well with the Fiskars set. I enjoy having the extra space for my classes.
Point Turner. The Point Turner & Seam Creaser is very useful for turning out corners and "pressing" seams open before you iron. I have all the students share mine.
C-Thru Ruler. The C-Thru Ruler is 2 X 18 inches and marked in 1/8" lines. I use this to make sewing guides and paper patterns.
Wonder Clips.Wonder Clips work great for little hands to use instead of pins when sewing their first seams. These first came in red only and now come in pink. I introduced these to my new students a couple of years ago and they have absolutely loved these instead of pins.
Washi Tape. I always used clear Scotch Tape in the past but the girls love the Washi Tape. I used Martha Stewart Craft Tape. It comes in many colors and patterns. Pictured here are small jars from Michaels that I keep in my sewing kit. I love the pink pins. I use a floral make-up bag that I found at Forever 21. Similar HERE.
If you sew, you probably have most of these items. You can find many of these at your local craft or fabric store. These items are also available in The Lost Apron Sewing StoreHERE. You can view the store for more details on these items.
You don't want to miss the upcoming sewing tutorials and giveaways....... coming soon.
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