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Just For Fun

I spent the better part of the week in San Diego visiting friends and teaching a couple of the cutest girls on the planet how to sew! Oh my gosh! This is the stuff that makes my heart sing, and I just thought it was too cute not to share :)

This is Ava, Sam and Cora. Their mom, Maryanne, and I have been friends since Jr. High School…. That was just last year, so not really that long I guess ;) Where does the time go?! Maryanne used to tease me mercilessly about my obsession with sewing, and now her two older daughters (ages 4 and 6) are CRAZY about sewing! Hahaha!

We went to the fabric store so each one could pick out their very favorite fabric. Even little Cora got to pick something out. She wasn’t able to help with the sewing, but Ava and Sam made sure she was taken care of.

Ava wanted to make a star pillow for her bedroom, and she found a great sparkly set of star appliques to go in the middle.

We got to work cutting and sewing. She learned how to control the speed of the machine with the foot pedal and when to stop and pivot. She was impressively good at racing up to the next pin and screeching to a halt just before hitting it :)

She was careful with the iron while placing and pressing the appliques… just look at the tongue out concentration!

I wish I had taken a picture of her perfect little hand sewing stitches to close the pillow up after stuffing it. She was so attentive to the details, and grinning from ear to ear the whole time.

Sam loves dresses, and wanted to make one for herself and a matching one for her baby sis. We decided on a simple T shirt dress. It would be easy, it’s pretty much just a ruffled skirt sewn onto the bottom of a T shirt.

We did the ruffled skirt out of mermaid fabric, and she picked out a seashell applique to iron on the front. She, too, was giddy about how fast she could make the machine go :) girl after my own heart!

Just look at these two happy faces! Proud seamstresses in training.

We all went out for dinner just before I left, and the girls got to wear their dresses around town.

What a fun week, and soooo thrilling to be able to pass this love for sewing on to a new generation!

Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Unknown member
May 02, 2019

Thanks for sharing this sweet story made my day! My 2 granddaughters are in Alaska and I’m in Florida so this is something I dream about doing with them someday! Happy for those girls because I’m sure you sparked an interest for sewing in them they won’t forget! You’re awesome;)


Unknown member
Apr 24, 2019

I teach my granddaughter who is 6, to quilt. Picking fabric is her favourite part. I use the Nancy Zieman "I Sew For Fun Tools". The Safe Presser Foot is a real piece of mind when she uses the sewing machine with me. Learn so much from your website.


Unknown member
Apr 15, 2019

Thank you Krista for inspiring all of us--from age 4 to ???? (and I wish it was easier to log in in to leave a comment-some times I can't and some times I can, and sometimes I have to start all over from step one :-) ) But still love and admire you :-)


Unknown member
Apr 14, 2019

This is a great post! Those girls look so happy working on their projects and showing them when finished. And it looks like you had a great time teaching and helping them. I have two daughters and neither one have any interest in sewing. I wish they did, would love it!


Unknown member
Apr 14, 2019

I tried to teach my daughter to sew and she was not in any way interested even though she loved me making her clothes. My oldest son however loved sewing and later knitting which he still does.

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