Sewing With Kids — Week 7

My kids all want to learn to sew, and so we are on a sewing adventure, and they hope to end up with new quilts handmade at their own hands!  Join us as we sew through the summer each week!  Sewing with Kids — week 1week 2week 3week 4, week 5, and week 6.

This week, Sophia had a big week – she made her quilt top yesterday!  Look at this smile —

Earlier in the summer she had selected a Hoopla Layer Cake, and patiently waited until I gave her the green light to actually make it.  Over the weekend while I was working on my doll quilt, she was hovering; really wanted to be sewing.  So I had her pull out her Layer Cake and match up the pieces that she wanted to put side by side.  She set them in a pile and was happy to let me finish!

To sew this up, I helped add a couple pins so the layers would stay in place, then we talked about chain piecing, and put it into practice!

Sophia has been my helper off and on the last year, as she was home in the afternoons, and would cut apart my chains for me, and offer her insight on fabric decisions.  She’s quite familiar with the process, and was ready for the next step every time I turned around!

We sewed together 7 rows of 6 squares, Sophia decided where each piece would go, and made sure that each piece returned to the right spot after taking the row to the sewing machine.

After sewing the rows I did scan and rework a few seams, just to be certain that it stays together!  Gave her a lesson on using a seam ripper even.  Tomorrow Emmalie plans to make a similar quilt, in fabrics of her own selection, and hopefully we can get some fuzzy fabric soon to finish them both!  I just need to get Ella started on the quilt she selected from my book, and we will be set.

Have you been sewing with the kids in your life?


By |2017-02-06T09:18:33-07:00August 4th, 2011|Sewing with Kids|20 Comments


  1. tweal August 4, 2011 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Love this! I don’t have kids of my own but I’ve been thinking about holding a ‘learn to sew’ class or workshop for kids. When I was litt,e I would have been ecstatic to take a class like that, or to work on something like you showed here. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Tabatha August 4, 2011 at 7:06 am - Reply

    It’s so cool to see someone so young with a strong interest in sewing and design!

  3. Mitzi August 4, 2011 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Sophia’s smile says it all! She did a great job!

  4. Alli August 4, 2011 at 7:58 am - Reply

    That quilt is awesome! It’s wonderful that you’re having fun sewing with your kids! :)

  5. Linda Winters August 4, 2011 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Sophia, you did a great job!!!! Wow!
    And Mom, you also did a great job teaching her. I love that some of us are passing along our knowledge. That’s the way it should be!

  6. GRACIELA FERRARI August 4, 2011 at 8:03 am - Reply

    lovely, lovely, lovely !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    congratulations ♥♥♥

  7. Karin August 4, 2011 at 8:12 am - Reply

    oh, you are so lucky to have girls to sew with! (although that means sharing your quilting supplies!) I have two boys (very manly boys who wouldn’t even CONSIDER sewing because ‘sewing is for girls’ afterall, LOL)

  8. Sara August 4, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Your daughter is a great partner in crime!! You have a great quilter “in the making” on your hands. I bet you smile away when she sews.

    All the those colors are so wonderful together.

  9. Sallie August 4, 2011 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Great job, Sophia!

  10. Lynette August 4, 2011 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Awesome smile :D

  11. Amy August 4, 2011 at 9:22 am - Reply

    What is this chain piecing? I am SO looking that up. Anything that can potentially make my life easier…I am all in.

    And to Sophia….

    Your quilt top is a masterpiece and YOU are a rare and precious jewel ;) Tell your mom you want to take a trip to TX.

  12. Gmama jane August 4, 2011 at 9:23 am - Reply

    My Granddaughter and I are following along with you and sewing together. She loves sewing and wants a sewing machine for Christmas. She is a very mature 6 1/2 and I’m pondering whether she’s too young for her own beginner machine. I saw one that looked perfect but can’t remember where or what brand. I THINK it may have been Singer. What’s your opinion???
    Gmama Jane

  13. Ayana August 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Awww! I love it! I hope my daughter is as enthused about yours. She did such a great job.

  14. Becky August 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    SO much fun! She did such a great job! What fun childhood memories you’re building.

  15. Sue August 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    When I teach kids to sew the throat plate is a fingers off zone. I only mention this because Sophia’s little fingers are so close to the presser foot. One moment of inattention and…

    I had a student once who sewed right through her finger, and I was sitting right beside her, too! Thank goodness she missed the bone, but after a trip to the ER she swore off sewing and never came back.

    Please, be careful sweetie!

    The quilt is lovely by the way. Way to go!

  16. vicki August 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    You are a really good mom :)
    My son still hasn’t finished some potholders I started with him before Christmas. Maybe we will work on them over our last week of summer.

  17. Naomi Olson August 5, 2011 at 4:24 am - Reply

    Truly great seeing the quilting gene passed on to new generations. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next…

  18. Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts August 5, 2011 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Such a colorful fun quilt and a special memory made.

  19. Lynne August 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Lovely, Amy. Quite an accomplishment – well done.

    BTW, what do you do withthe other kids to get time with one?

  20. […] My kids all want to learn to sew, and so we are on a sewing adventure, and they hope to end up with new quilts handmade at their own hands! Check out what we made each week this summer!  Sewing with Kids — week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, and week 7. […]

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