Posted in Book Reviews, Homeschooling

Creative New Way To Teach Kids To Sew

Author Suzy Ultman has released a creative new book dedicated to teaching children simple sewing techniques. I remember many fun sewing projects that my mother, sister & I completed when I was growing up. Embroidery has become a lost art. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s one of the things that falls to the wayside unless it’s introduced, specifically, through caregivers.
But, the joys & benefits of sewing are often overlooked. Dexterity & patience are both strengthened with even the simplest project. Anyone who’s ever picked up a needle & thread knows it’s easier said than done. Those finished projects are visual memories that recipients or the maker themselves will keep for generations. I have the embroidered birth announcement that my mother created when I was born along with 4 framed needlepoint designs of the seasons that my mother-in-law crafted. These are cherished keepsakes.
If sewing is something you’d like to introduce in a home economics format in your homeschooling or just as a weekend activity, Suzy Ultman’s book is for you. Featuring 36 pages plus instructions, it contains 16 projects. Each page is made of punch-out cards. Simply push the cards out of the page to begin.
She’s included some pointers for needle threading and individual stitches, too. Don’t worry about complicated techniques. Even if you, yourself, haven’t ever sewn a thing, these introductory stitches are a breeze. You won’t need a basket full of extra materials either. Just have a yarn needle & some yarn/embroidery thread handy. That’s a big plus in my opinions. We have all purchased a craft book or science project book only to find out we needed a TON of items that we don’t have. Every project is open to imagination in regards to color combos & stitches.
I thought the cards for the ornaments where the best. What parent doesn’t love a hand-made ornament? The punch-outs for the greeting cards are thoughtful, too. Any of the projects would make a great art class project.

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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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