Hello, today I am bringing home a guest post that I did this summer over at the Crafty Kitty as part of Stephanie's Sewing with Kids series. Violet, Henry and I had so much fun making these together, but the best part is seeing them play with them and their dolls...
Hello there! I'm Jane and I blog over at Buzzmills where you'll find me most days sewing, crafting or going on adventures with my two kids. Today, I'm happy to join you here at The Crafty Kitty with a little sewing with kids project.... A while back we found a sweet little (and inexpensive) antique doll bed. We spied it just as my daughter was beginning to really play with dolls. We brought it home with the intention to make a mattress and quilt for it, but, alas, we temporarily placed some old blankets on it and they worked out fine, albeit not perfectly.
But now, thanks to Stephanie and a little push from her Sewing With Kids series, we've got two new mattresses and two new quilts for a doll bed and cradle. To start, we measured the base of the bed and cradle, easy enough. Next, we picked out fabric! The kids always love that part. I pick out a few ideas as suggestions, but they got to pick what they wanted to use. I did the ironing and cutting and pinning, but they did the sewing. Our kids craft table is not quite conducive to kid sewing, plus I'm not quite sure, at 3 and 5, that they would be able to control the speed of the foot pedal very well...so each sat on my lap, but we went slowly and I allowed them to hold and guide the fabric through the machine. There was quite a bit of steering to get back on track and in a straight line, but they were excited to be giving it a try.
We started with the mattresses. After each was sewn, they carefully removed the pins, flipped it right side out (with a bit of help from me to poke out the corners), and began to stuff... After I sewed up the opening on the mattress we moved on to the quilts. I briefly explained to each of them why the fabric was sandwiched together the way it was, although that concept is still a bit difficult for them to grasp, it's always a bit of a surprise for them at the end, but it's kind of like that for me too sometimes, so...
Violet (five years old) was making her doll quilt using Heather Ross Nursery Versery patchwork which was perfect because it already had straight lines for her to follow. I had her quilt down after every four squares, any more than that then I was afraid she would get bored. Afterward, when it was completed she looked at it, proudly, and declared "look how pretty the stitches look!"Henry (three years old) quilted his quilt by hand with a running stitch in a similar fashion as Violet did with a pillow last summer. I knew he would loose patience with sewing lines on the machine fairly quickly, as he already had with sewing his mattress and quilt together.
*An important note when sewing with kids know your audience...know what they will be interested in trying and don't push the things that they aren't interested in trying.
We didn't bind our quilts but instead, for ease, sewed them right sides together and then flipped the right sides out, pressed and then top-stitched.
The pillows in the doll beds are Violet and Henry's first baby pillows. (If you can tell me what the fabric with the girl and the roosters is I'll love you forever! I no longer have the selvedge and I love it oh so much and would love to get some more!)
I'd say Violet and Henry are happy and proud of their sewing projects too. And, it was a great way for us to all spend the morning together.
Thanks so much Stephanie for letting me stop by and for nudging me to get sewing with my kids!
Have a great day!