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Keep Your Kids in Stitches

With drawstring bag

Getting children interested in and passionate about sewing is more than just buying those huge plastic needles, colorful yarn, and throwing down some crisp construction paper. That just aint gonna fly next to all the other stuff competing for your child’s attention.  But I’m not just worried about your child’s attention — I’m worried about yours!  That’s why I’m giving away a $25 gift card! Sorry, too late.

Happy Friday, y’all!  How about a little green to spice up your book shelf?  I’m all over it!  And I’m giving you THREE chances to win with only two comments!

Here’s what you do: comment on this week’s GRIT.com blog, Getting Children Excited About Sewing, and you’ll be entered twice Comment here and you’ll be entered once. Pretty easy, huh?  Tell your friends and readers to promote literacy and sewing — the last frontiers — by entering.  Winner to be announced Tuesday.

See?  Don’t you just love Fridays?

  • ellyn - I like Amazon gift cards. They are very pretty

    love the picture.

    I read the article on the other site. Great ideas. I never learned to sew but always wished I had. I am to inherit my Great Grandmothers sewing machine. Maybe I will finally teach myself.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I have not patients to teach my kids to sew. I don’t even want to take out the sewing machine, dust it off, and sew myself. LOLReplyCancel

  • Michele - I learned to sew then taught my daughter-in-law. Very handy skill to have.

    I can do amazon. Really, honest I can. HeeHee.ReplyCancel

  • Jeni Hill Ertmer - I started sewing -seriously that is -back in 1972 when I bought my first sewing machine -a used unit that never held the tension properly. In 1977, I convinced my ex-husband to let me buy the top-of-the-line Singer machine at that time -an Athena 2000 -and I used the living daylights out of it for the next 20 plus years! Took a class on sewing with knits and rib trims, etc., and made many of my younger kids clothes over the years. But my girls never showed the least bit of interest in sewing, knitting, crochet, etc. Till just recently! Older daughter still won’t concede to learning how to do various things but younger one -ah, she’s asking questions now, showing an interest and who knows, maybe if there is a genetic thing about sewing and crafting, she might have it! (My Mom and Grandmother were both very talented seamstresses -something I am not near to their caliber -but I do enjoy sewing -a lot!
    And a gift card -makes it all that much more exciting a thought!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - I learned to sew at school, but never like it! I’m better at cooking than sewing ;-P…

    Cheers and have a gorgeous weekend,


  • Kath - Sewing? My mom and two oldest sisters are quilters, and the such. Me…..I own my grandmothers sewing machine and a brand new one thats like 10 years old. Trust me its brand new. I dont sew. The machine and I have a different DNA and just cant jive. I bought the machine determined that my girls would use the sewing gene but it leaped passed them too. I tried. I really did. The kids and I drew up patterns and made bean bag animals once.ReplyCancel

  • St. Fairsted Farm - Alas, I can’t sew. Boo-hoo! I can spend at amazon.


  • Valarie Lea - I need a sewing machine, maybe I will get one for birthday, but thats not til May. I better start saving so I can get it myself. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LoriW - Despite home-ec and both a mom and Nana who sewed beautifully, it just wasn’t something I could get my head into….it skipped my generation…my daughter loves to sew and if she had more time, would sew everything she could……..I crochette!ReplyCancel

  • Dirkey - This would be great for involving kids in Christmas giving by making reusable bags bonus helping the environment.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I first learned to sew at my grandmother knee. We started making bean bags at 3 years old. By 4 I was helping to make quilt squares. By 5 I made my first pair of cullottes …solo… including the zipper! By 20 I designed my own wedding dress! It is never too young to learn to sew!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - I learned to sew, (not very well mind you!), on my Great-Grandmothers old treadle sewing machine that my Mom had inherited. I loved looking through those old wooden drawers that still held some very old treasures. I have just picked back up sewing in the last couple of years, so didn’t teach my kids to sew much. Maybe we’ll have to have lessons now that they are starting to have kids of their own!ReplyCancel

  • neca - I do indeed love Fridays! 🙂 I learned to sew as a child, but put it down for many years and only re-discovered the joys in adulthood.ReplyCancel

  • amyb - what a fantastic giveaway! my girls love to show everyone the blankets i’ve crocheted for them…but they don’t have the patience for it yet. maybe the sewing thing would be more for them.

  • warren - We got Abigail a sewing machine but Emily can’t sew. I can but she wants to learn from Emily, not me!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn G - My mom used to sew all our stuff when we were little. SHe tried to teach me and Inever learned. I regret that. It’s nice to see that there are kids who want to learn. It’s such a great talent to be able to make your own clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - You wrote a terrific article, and your little ones are beyond cute! My kids started with drawstring bags, too. Sadly, they haven’t progressed much since then. LOL But they knit! That has to count for something!ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - You know what, Lacy? I think it’s just AWESOME that you want to teach kids how to make their own stuff. In this age of pre-made “everything” sewing, knitting, and other similar arts are being lost. It’s so wonderful to see someone trying to keep them alive by teaching their children. YOU ROCK, MISSY!!

    Have an awesome weekend, and good luck to everyone who enters the drawing for the gift card! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ToilingAnt - Way cool. A drawstring bag was my first project with Girlie, too!ReplyCancel

  • farm mom - You know, I am HORRIBLE at sewing. Really. Especially with a machine. Being left-handed matched with my genuinely klutzy nature just spells disaster. Seriously, I nearly flunked home ec when I sewed my finger to the stupid purple football I had to make. (Of course, I bet catching the teacher’s 2 inch long fingernails on fire while making popcorn didn’t help either….Yeah……good times. ) SO, all sewing lessons in my home are given my the master in my house….my hubby. (Who, btw prefers to call it “fabric welding” thank you very much.)ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Could you pop over here and teach mine? My husband doesn’t have the time! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Laura - I was smart enough to buy a nice sewing machine when I was single and didn’t have Will and had plenty of money :o)

    I love that I can make almost anything for a fraction of the cost. The drapes in Wills room cost $14 to make, to buy would have started at $85.

    Thanks for taking me shopping today!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Goodie…. I have a wish list a mile long at Amazon!

    My sewing machine has been mostly for mending…tho I love the idea of teaching my daughter to sew (sons not so interested). RIght now I have a good friend who is an amazing seamstress and we barter clothes for food (her clothes for our garden veggies).

    But I am teaching my daughter to knit and cook….yeah!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - I can’t wait to interest my daughter in sewing. She’s already interested in knitting/crocheting, but can’t figure it all out, so I let her play with her own needles and bits of yarn. It’s a little harder with sewing since pins and sewing needles are sharp. But maybe next summer!ReplyCancel

  • CC - I’m a commenting, I’m a commenting!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - i read it!– Fabulous! i love you lil ones…. Im totally gunna have to sew with my kiddos!ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Now I’m all excited about getting my daughter to help me do some sewing.ReplyCancel

  • earth heart - How nice! I taught my grandaughter how to hand sew. We stitched up little catnip pillows as a beginner project. I think sewing is a necessity that for many has unfortunately gone by the wayside.ReplyCancel

  • the farmers wife - I love to sew, I wish I had the room to set up my machine and leave it. I don’t sew much anymore because it is such a hassle to drag out the stuff to sew for the hour that I have and then put it all back. I know shame on me…lazy.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Lacey, sewing with kids is so much fun! My older kids use to sew all the time, I have stacks of pillows that they made, along with aprons, and little hand made bags! I love them!ReplyCancel

  • Tipper - Wow 25$-I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • Aly in GA - Sewing for kids? How about sewing for MOMMY?!! I can remember, as a kid, using my mom’s (which used to be HER mom’s,) ancient rocker-peddle singer, and 8th grade home-ec, where I made a pitiful, but adorable to me, robot pillow.

    I now have an 8 yr. old that is bigger than most 11 year olds, and he’s forced to cuff pants that are too long for him because Mom can’t sew worth a spit. Oh, what a horrible confession to make on your blog, Lacy, but there it is. I’ve also never given thought to showing my 2 sons how to sew. Perhaps I need to rethink this.

    Off to the GRIT.com blog. BTW, I haven’t mentioned, but I’m doing the Amazing Digiscrap Race again this year. It’s season 4 (hence the acronym ADSR4,) and it’s my second time playing along. I’m telling you this because my (new) friend, Manda, is an Alabama girl living in VA. Our team name is G.R.I.T.S. – Y’all!, since we were both girls raised in the south. It’s almost painful for me to admit that, too, but after living in GA for about 30 of my almost 43 years, I have to ‘fess up to being “raised” here.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Robin - Hey Miss Lacy! :mrgreen:

    I hope that you and your sweeties are having a fabtabulous weekend! I’m walking like a mad woman all weekend long.

    Hugs, RobinReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - Hey Lacy! *waves* How goes the mothering life? *big grin* I’ll just bet you and Josh are having the time of your lives right now, and I’m really happy for you; you both deserve that so, so much…

    I just wanted to drop by and let you know I’m thinking of you and that you’re never far from my thoughts. I know that I’m atrocious at keeping up with everyone, and I really can’t come up with a good reason as to why that is. Something for me to work on, I guess, eh? 🙂

    Have a great day, my friend. Enjoy your children. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I learned to sew really young too…and still love to! My sisters learned, but never took to it…still no interest. Our daughter? Hated the thought of sewing…so bad she refused to complete a project in HomeEc, hence flunking it! She wishes now, she’d have paid attention all those years I made all the kids clothes!
    Our Son…on the other hand, actually learned to sew on my treadle sewing machine…came in handy all his time in the military! Keep up the great work Dear Lacy!
    Momma BarbReplyCancel

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