Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Monique is here today to show us how letting go as a parent can at times open up a world of possibilities for our children…

My grandmother was an amazing quilter – hand stitched only – and my mother used to sew her own clothes.  She even made my wedding dress.  Their finished projects were always beautiful and professionally done with fine details.  I was amazed.  There didn’t seem to be anything they couldn’t create.  But me?  I could barely sew a button on.  I taught myself sewing skills as an adult and was determined for my children to learn this valuable life skill.  They are well on their way…

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

This, however, will not be about how to teach your children to sew.  There are many wonderful resources out there for that already, like here and here.  This is about the lessons learned along the way, lessons that both my children and I have learned.  Important life lessons.

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Once my children expressed an interest in sewing projects of their own design, I set out to teach them how to do it “correctly”.  I gave it my best shot but quickly realized that I needed to let go.  To step back and let them have at it.  They had already learned basic sewing skills and had their own vision and the desire to create.  Yet again, I found myself amazed.

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Through bringing their ideas to life, they were practicing not just sewing skills but problem solving and creative thinking.  They were testing their hand-eye coordination, focusing intently, and sequencing the necessary steps.  They were learning through trial and error.  Their confidence was growing.  And when they complete their projects… oh, how the look of accomplishment and pride on their faces makes my heart swell!

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

So, yes, teach your children sewing skills.  It is a valuable tool!

 

Monique

Monique Barker is an empowered mama, homeschooling superstar, and Early Intervention Specialist. Sharing her love of nature and healthy living keeps Monique creating rich learning experiences for students around the world. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and a Counseling Certification from the University of New England. When she’s not mothering her three lovelies, Monique enjoys hiking, getting crafty, long days at the beach, and quiet time with her husband and cat at their home in Maine. You can enjoy more of her work over at, Green Acorns.

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  1. Great reminder. I am often saying “nah, not today…” when my kids ask if they can sew with me. My son loves the machine, because he’s a mechanical thinker, my daughter loves to do any craft. I really need to just let the lessons go and let them be. Excellent encouragement.
    Sarah M

    1. Sarah, I too have had many days when the thought of letting my children having free creative reign seemed like more of a chore for me, but as I have learned to let go I have seen my children blossom in this area. I’m sure you will be amazed at what your children can create too!

  2. I just love this. I am an early childhood educator and mother who is now opening a fabric and sewing store. I think that the concept of perfectionism in any craft turns so many young children off. Letting go and letting them explore the medium is so crucial. Thank you for writing this!

    1. Marcia, thank you for comments! I agree… children learn through exploration and without the confinement of trying to get it “right” and produce a per-determined finished product, new worlds can be opened up to them.

      Good luck with your shop!

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