At what age should I introduce sewing to my child?
If you sew, then you have already introduced your child to sewing. They can be learning different aspects of sewing at every age. Teaching individual sewing skills should be done when they are ready. The following is my rough guide of appropriate sewing skills by age.
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Babies learn at first touch about textiles. Gauzes are comforting and satin ribbons on a tag blanket are intriguing. Textures are all new. See my picks here:
Distinct fabric prefences are formed by preschool age. They are learning about fastenings: zippers, buttons and Velcro. This is when lacings and lacing toys can be introduced. Lacing is actually the first motion that mimics hand sewing. See my picks here:
The coordination is finally there to handle a needle and thread. Felt, embroidery floss, fabric scraps, yarn, embroidery hoops and appropriate needles are perfect ways to introduce hand sewing.
If interest is displayed, once 2nd grade is completed, children have the coordination and ability to follow instructions to learn to sew on the sewing machine. With proper instruction on safety, they can begin without power by “walking” the sewing machine. Straight seam projects are best to start, then move into casings, and then pivots can be learned. They can work up to gradual curves.
The iron can be introduced with supervision. This can be done earlier if they have seen you ironing and understand the safety concerns.
More and more skills can be learned such as tighter curves, darts and zippers. Clothing patterns and larger scale projects are also appropriate.
A rotary cutter may be introduced with supervision.
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