Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Cut Your First Buttonhole in Felt

If you made the gift card wallet  project from last week, did you wonder how your grown-up made that nice buttonhole? It was quite easy. If you are big enough to use sharp scissors, today you can learn to make your own buttonholes! This technique won't work with every kind of fabric, but it works really well with felt. It is so easy that after doing it once you will probably never need these instructions again! Here's how to do it in four easy steps.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sewing Project for Kids: How to Sew a Gift Card Wallet for Dad!

Kids who come to sew with me love making gifts for family. This year we are sewing a special gift for Father’s Day which, by the way, is coming up this weekend! If you are looking for a fun gift for Dad why not sew this special gift card wallet for him?

Monday, June 06, 2016

How to Sew a Lock Stitch, Technique #2: The Surgical Knot

Long ago I wrote about how to make a beginner's lock stitch. It is the first locking technique that I teach everyone who comes to my little sewing school in the country. The technique I'm writing about today is a little more difficult to do than that one.  BUT with plenty of practice it will be neater and less visible than the beginner technique.

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Sew a Hanging Heart Ornament with Kids!

Are you looking for a special sewing project to do with your little kinder-kins? With a bit of guidance from you, your kiddo can sew this hanging heart ornament by hand. It’s simple, cute and suits pretty much any occasion calling for a heartfelt gift.

Monday, May 23, 2016

How to Sew Your First Button

Do you want to know how to sew a button? There are many ways to do it. Sewing buttons on clothing is done one way, and sewing buttons on craft projects is done another way. 

This article explains how to sew a 4-hole button onto a plushy or anywhere else that you want it to lie flat against the fabric. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

How to Anchor Thread and Begin a Line of Stitching

The purpose of this article is to show you how to anchor thread at the beginning of a line of stitching.

Hi, I'm Sue. I use the Winky Cherry System to teach kids how to hand sew in my home studio and I like to write about it here. I've written previously about how to prep sewing projects for beginning sewers the Winky Cherry way, so I won’t be repeating it for this article, but you can check out the previous link to learn more.

Okay, let’s get started!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Project Tray

Yesterday's post from my home business website is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

I wanted to show parents of beginner hand sewers the kinds of things we do in class, so I photographed the details of one of my project trays for them.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A Safe Alternative to Straight Pins

Do you think your child is too small or lacks enough coordination to use straight pins? A few serious pokes from a pin could be enough to make you question safety. It may turn a child off of sewing, too.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to Sew a Whip Stitch

Welcome to Sewing With Kids! Today I'm going to explain how to teach your child to sew a whip stitch.

When you whip stitch, the thread loops around the edge of the fabric with each stitch. It's a strong stitch; strong enough to keep stuffing inside a stuffed toy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Understanding Your Child’s Sewing Personality

Is there a way to understand your child's sewing personality? Why would you want to? 
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