Teaching a child to sew – A Grandmother’s Tale – Part 2 (Organizing a Sewing Kit)

I love to plan, I love new things and I love organizing so it has been fun organizing a Sewing Kit for Luci.   I may not “love” to sew, but I sure love getting ready to sew.

(If you download and print the pdf, it will be easier for you to read) -> Sewing Kit pdf

I started with the basics:

If you ever sewed or ever were around anyone who sewed you probably remember the red tomato pincushion with the strawberry hanging off.     (The concept pretty much messed up my expectations as a gardener.  I’ve spent decades looking for a tomato/strawberry plant).  What I didn’t realize (until I read the little flap on the bag the tomato came in) was that the strawberry is hanging there for a reason!!  If your needle becomes dull, you just poke it in the strawberry a few times, and it will sharpen your needle!!  Who knew?

I bought a pink tomato for Luci.  We’ll pretend it’s an heirloom tomato…

This isn’t very sexy, but you will want to have these things so you can make sure the machine is running smoothly.

White and black thread are mandatory.

But colored thread is much more fun.

You will want to be sure to have extra bobbins.  I vaguely remembered that I HATED winding bobbins.   Also, I don’t think I want to spend time teaching Luci how to wind a bobbin in her first lessons.

Quilt blocks of cotton fabric are a perfect size and fun colors and designs.  I guarantee this is much easier than standing in line at a fabric store with several bolts of material in your arms.

The best material for beginning sewers is felt.  It doesn’t fray, it’s already cut to a manageable size and there are so many beautiful colors!!

There are even patterns (this will be used for Luci’s first sewing project – a needle book).

I also thought it would be fun for Luci to have some labels to attach to her creations.

This was much easier to do than I had thought.  Follow along, and you can make some cute little labels for all your sewing projects!!!

You need 7/8″ satin ribbon, a template of the labels, an iron and scissors.  That’s it.

After you print out the labels (I’ve included a template…keep reading) on to transfer paper (making sure you flip the page so that the image is mirrored), cut the paper along the faint lines.

Lay the paper on your ironing board, design side up.

Lay the ribbon on top of the image, dull side down.  You may wish to tape the ribbon on to the ironing board so it doesn’t slide around.

Put paper on top of the ribbon/transfer paper and iron for about 30 seconds (read the instructions on the transfer paper).

I’m quite sure this would NEVER happen to you, but just in case you forget to put the paper on top of your ribbon/transfer paper, you can get the glue off your iron by applying a paste of baking soda and vinegar.

Don’t even think of asking why I know that.

Carefully peel the paper from the ribbon.

I was going to make you your own personalized template, but I seem to have forgotten your name.  I think “Me” works for all occasions.  I just knew you’d understand.

How to Make a Sewing Label – with templates





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