Questions I’m asked about teaching sewing classes to kids or running a sewing club at school.
How many students should I have in my class?
How long should the class be?
What supplies do I need?
Where do I begin?
What age should I start from?
What should their first project be?
What if one of the kids keeps sewing wonky stitches?
What stitches should I teach?
Whats my favourite tool?
One last piece of advice
The other day a mum stopped to tell me that her daughter was going to her best friend’s wedding that very weekend. She wanted to remind me that the girls had met each other in my sewing workshops many years before and had stayed the closest of friends ever since.
That story summed-up for me the things I love most about teaching sewing to kids. The workshops are very social and relaxing. The girls sit in circles and chat as they work on their projects. They show each other their work and oftentimes, they will work together and design their projects together, they ‘copy’ each other but always in their own way…and I love that.
Those kids are working in a supportive non-competitive environment, an environment that’s usually very different to other learning contexts they’re used to, they make their own decisions and they are the ones who have to decide what their project should look like. And I love that in my all-day-workshops when it’s time for the kids to have a break and eat some morning tea or their lunch the most common question after 5 minutes is…can we go back inside and finish our sewing. That’s been my enduring experience as a sewing teacher to young kids and that’s what keeps me teaching kids sewing.