Yesterday, I ran across these cute daisies and some other fun embellishments in my sewing box. I honestly think I picked them up way back when I was in high school; I have no idea how they managed to follow me for so long, but I’m glad they did.
Before Maddy went for her rest time, I taught her how to “spruce up” her old plain-Jane shorts. It was fun, and we’re going to make all of our plain clothes fancier as summer approaches.
- Sewing Daisies: Maddy’s 5 years old now, and she’s awesome with her tiny fingers, so with enough prompting from her end, I figured she’d be able to handle a needle and thread on her own–with me watching her, of course.
She watched me do the first one, and I really made it simple. I just clipped one daisy, pinned it to a pocket, doubled up the thread and sewed that little guy on. I got her started with the second one, but she was ready to do it on her own after I pushed the needle through the pocket. With a little bit of guidance and encouragement, she did a super job. Now, she wants to sew a little somethin’ pretty every day, and I’m totally up for it!
I’m not skilled at sewing by any means; I don’t own a machine and have never (cough) hemmed a pair of pants. But I do know that you can spruce up even the most boring, everyday pieces of clothing with a tiny touch here and there.
And talk about working those fine motor skills at the same time I’m teaching a life skill–sewing. While Owen and Cora will still love to play with our favorite Melissa & Doug sewing cards, I think we began a new chapter yesterday for my not-so-little Maddy. How fun!?