Mini-Me…the 5yr Old Sewist

Teaching sewing skills is what I do to spread the joy of sewing to other interested, crafty, creative folks.  I have taught young and old alike.  My heart leaps at the sight of a satisfied newbie. 

When I see their faces light up as the new project takes shape, I get so excited, that it encourages me to overlook the hiccups along the way.  All things just seem to be right with the world when they get to the point of completion.

All that to say, it has been such satisfaction to watch my granddaughter blossom into the sewist she is today.
We started her really early, at three, when I bought her her first sewing machine; a “Hello Kitty” machine I found on  It was for her third birthday.  While others were outside celebrating her special day, she and I were at the kitchen table learning to thread her new machine.  What fond memories these are.

Fast forward several years and we come to now, at almost 6 years old, when she is cutting her own patterns and sewing up her very own outfits.  And I should add, not only is she sewing them up, but she is telling me how to design what she wants,  although she lacks the design/sewing terms, she knows what it is she is wanting.  She has no fear of fabrics nor notions, only just to say, what it is to be sewn into, or what it is to be used for in making something.  She does not hesitate at the suggestion of making something however difficult it might seem.

She insisted I allow her to select the embroidery design on my Bernina 640 sewing machine.  It was so easy and intuitive, that she was able to load the hoop and select all the necessary features and thread colors for the design.

I love how she watches and listened to everything I say and do, especially, when I’m in my sewing room. 

 I may actually be in the presence of a future well known and acclaimed designer.  Oh my! What a joy.

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  1. Oh how cute! I would love to have my grand daughter join me in sewing too! That must be a great feeling!

  2. My goodness, I love this! I've been wondering how & when to teach my daughters how to sew. Ha, I guess when I have it perfected! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

  3. Hey! I'm in Houston Texas too. we should get together and sew or fabric shop sometime. you can email me at becki dot chitwood at live dot com.
    I have been dying to see other accomplished seamstresses teaching the next generation to sew, it doesn't happen often enough.
    I saw youon Rhonda's blog, its nice to meet you.

  4. You have fantastic sewing skills to share with your beautiful GD! She is so lucky...J

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    1. I see how much you teach children on your blog. It is all so rewarding.


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