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? Read on to find out.



Is your child a perfectionist, or does she have a "that's good enough" attitude?

Does he get frustrated easily when things aren't working out, or is he able to understand and correct a mistake after you quietly talk about why it happened?


How long will your sewing sessions be?


Is he bored? 



Does she like having specific directions, or does she want to make her own rules?

Is he able to stay on task for long periods of time, or does he learn in spurts?

What does she want to sew?

Why does he want to sew?


What colour would she like her next sewing project to be?




These questions came to me over time as I worked with kids in my sewing studio. I noticed that not everyone learns or thinks the same way or even likes the same colours. 

Everyone who approaches the sewing table does so with his own personality, preferences, abilities, both physical and mental, and individual manner and style. It's important that you find out what your child's qualities are so that you can adjust your guidance accordingly. 


You will be able to gather some details simply by asking direct questions. What colour would you like your next project to be, blue or white or purple? 


While other information will require your quiet observation. Is she bored? 

The answers to this list of questions will determine your role as a guide. In other words it will help you become better at helping your specific child learn to sew. The more you know about the way he thinks the easier it will be to tailor your approach to sewing. 

The first step to teaching a child to sew is to take the time to teach safety. Remind and coach as long as it takes for your youngster to feel comfortable with her skills, and for you to be satisfies that she's not going to hurt herself. 


Also, break sewing techniques down into simple, short steps when you are showing them. This way the steps will build one on another (some more smoothly than others) until a complete sewing task is learned. 

For example, one of the firsts thing I show kids is how to cut the right amount of thread in 5 teeny tiny steps.

Then, start asking questions. There are no right or wrong answers. The purpose is to be a detective and really get to bottom of understanding your child so everyone has a positive sewing experience.  

Expect responses to change over time. 

Expect yourself to make a few blunders, especially if you are new to this  


Follow your child’s lead, and above all and have fun together.


Happy stitching!

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