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Learn to Sew with Pre-Cut Kits

Teaching children to sew is easier if you can skip the cutting step and begin with pre-cut kits. -- The Lost Apron
Teaching children to sew is easier if you can skip the cutting step and begin with pre-cut kits.

Cutting the fabric could be the scariest part of sewing --The Lost Apron
Children have a difficult time pinning a pattern and then cutting on the line.

Since I have taught children to sew over the years, my methods have changed as children have changed.  

Pinning and cutting the pattern used to be required in any sewing class.  Now students would rather just skip that part-- The Lost Apron

 Before, children used to sign up for a week-long camp to make pajamas or a skirt.  We would:

  • Learn all the parts of the machine
  • Learn to wind the bobbin and thread the machine
  • Learn about sewing tools
  • Practice sewing on paper discovering the different stitches and stitch lengths
  • Make the The Instant Gratification Pillow
  • Learn about picking fabrics and design
  • Learn the grain, selvage, nap, fold and sides of the fabric
  • Learn how to read a pattern, sizing,  and lay out the pattern on the fabric
  • Learn about pinning and cutting of fabric
  • Learn about sewing seams and importance of the correct seam allowance
  • Learn to use the iron safely and properly and how to iron seams open
  • Learn to make a casing and feeding elastic through
  • Learn to make a hem
  • Learn about fit, sizing, design and finishing
  • Learn safety techniques
  • How to use their sewing skills in the future
  • Learn to do simple repairs if a student brought something in
  • We would do a service project using their new skills.  
  • Other weeks of camp were making other garments
  • A fashion show of student runway models was the pride of every grandma in the audience.

Students love the satisfaction that comes from making their first project:  The Instant Gratification Pillow -- The Lost Apron
Given all that.....

The most exciting time of the whole camp was the end of the first day when they completed The Instant Gratification Pillow.  Although it was exciting to finish their skirt and wear it, there is something special about making your first project.  You can say "I made this!"  

The Instant Gratification Pillow was always something I had cut and pinned for them (a pre-cut kit). --The Lost Apron
The Instant Gratification Pillow
 was always something I had cut and pinned for them (a pre-cut kit).     It didn't matter that they didn't pin the pattern.  It didn't matter that they didn't cut it.  It didn't matter that they didn't make the folds and put the right sides together.  It didn't matter that they didn't pin and prepare the seam to be sewn.  It didn't matter that they didn't iron it.  All that matters is that if they did the sewing, they could proudly say, "I made this!"

Sewing with pre-cut sewing kits makes learning to sew a lot easier -- The Lost Apron
Now, how I teach children to sew has changed.  Children now live in a world where everything is "Instant."  If things don't move fast enough, they lose interest.   I have now started doing the cutting and prepping for several more projects.  

Use Wonder Clips instead of pins to teach children to sew --The Lost Apron
Now I also use Wonder Clips instead of pins.  Children find these easier to remove as they are sewing and there are a lot less ouches.

Students now are more interested in learning to sew quick simple projects.  Pre-cut kits makes this an even faster way of learning -- The Lost Apron

Now the reason for learning to sew has changed.  People do not want to learn to sew to make their own garments any more when there is Target and Forever21 stores that offer clothing at a much lower cost than making it yourself.  People want to learn to sew to make quilts or simple projects they have seen on Pinterest.  If they enjoy sewing, then they continue on to make other projects and then go on to make clothing if they desire.  If they are so frustrated with their first ever project, they may never grow to love sewing.

Learning to sew with pre-cut kits makes learning easy and fun -- The Lost Apron
The most recent sewing camp I conducted was for my 3 nieces.  They were visiting together and wanted to learn to sew.  In one morning they learned to sew and made all these projects.

Learn to Sew with Pre-cut Kits --The Lost Apron
 This could only be accomplished by having  my Pre-Cut Kits ready to go.   This was definitely An Instant Gratification Camp!

If you are teaching your children to sew, consider making your own pre-cut kits to teach them -- The Lost Apron
If you are teaching your children to sew, consider making your own pre-cut kits to teach them.

If you are teaching yourself to sew, learning to sew can be intimidating.  There are many online resources that make it easier to learn to sew on your own but fear of cutting the fabric wrong can be a big stumbling block in your learning.  Consider using pre-cut kits to learn.  Be careful of sewing kits sold online.  Some of these are "kits" which means they include everything you need to make a project but the fabric is not cut for you.    Be sure to read the descriptions to find out.

Please visit Pre-Cut Sewing Kits for resources.

Learn to Sew with Pre-cut Kits --The Lost Apron

 

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