Friday, January 30, 2009

Sewing Straight Lines

The thing that seems to frustrate my girls the most is sewing a straight line. Unfortunately they inherited my inability to sew, cut, or draw a straight line! It is so hard to do a craft project and not run into straight lines at some point in the process.

The girls are working on sewing skirts. Well, yesterday they were suppose to sew up the back seam, a straight line. Well, we only had to rip out parts of the seams twice, and it's still not straight but it is passable. We ripped out the parts that we couldn't get away with.

I think that these tiny little imperfections make the items even more precious. You can definitely tell that they were made by the girls. The girls are excited that they are doing it all themselves! If I was going to be as critical with their sewing as I am with my own it wouldn't be worth trying to teach them.

After all they are only 6 and 7, they are just starting out. They are not professionals, they are still learning. There will be plenty of time for them to be critical about their own work. Now is not the time. They should be free to have fun and learn.

I don't feel that it should be so stressful for them that they end up dreading sewing. I want it to be fun and relaxing and get them excited to learn and try new things.

I will make sure to post pictures of them wearing the completed skirts when they are finished. I bet you won't even be able to tell from the pictures where the little imperfections are!

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