Our group has never done this before so it was a learning experience for us, as well. Starting out small and simple, it was decided to have a 2 part sewing class...the first one being machine sewing.
Not really trying to teach everything about sewing machines in just a 3 hour class - but more to give the kids a sewing experience and a chance to finish a project.
There were 9 signed up for the class...all girls!
The first project was a pillowcase... lot's of simple straight line stitching. Here are a few of the finished ones...
My friend, Sandy, had a nice lunch ready for the kids, so we took a break. Then, the afternoon project was sewing a padded coaster (like for drinks).
The young lady I was assisting had brought her own machine. Her grandmother had given it to her but she hadn't sewn on it yet. She had been a little uneasy about using it on her own.
Well she took right to it like a duck takes to water!
She is 11 years old. She told me she really enjoys making all kinds of things and watches videos online to learn about different kinds of sewing and crafts.
In the photo above, she is working on her coaster, which she planned to give as a gift to her older sister who will be moving away to college next month. How sweet!
Now, in 2 weeks we will have the second class, which will focus more on hand sewing. It's really fun working with these girls!