This year I've been working hard on this e-book course to teach kids to sew. It uses a pair of jeans as the main fabric for the nine projects included in the book.
I chose a pair of jeans because I personally love sewing with denim, it's strong, hard wearing, looks great and only improves with age. Sewing with old clothes is also a very eco- and budget friendly fabric source option, which is something I feel strongly about. It teaches kids to use what they've got for sewing resources - the tutorials making use of all parts of the jeans from the zip to the pockets and even the waistband!
Most people have an old pair of jeans at home that they can use for this, or there are always plenty of second-hand jeans for sale in charity and op shops for just a few dollars.
The nine tutorials in the book build up skills and techniques gradually, but each project is achievable for kids to make either by themselves or with a little help from an adult.
Through the course of the book, kids will learn skills like appliqué and putting in zips; and also how to read tutorials and patterns that use both written instructions and photos to make each step clear and straightforward.
My own two daughters, aged 10 and 12 have been my pattern testers for this book. It was great to see their sewing confidence grow as they progressed through the tutorials. They started out with the super simple and very fast project - tissue pouches.
and then went on to make things like bags, soft toys and zipped pouches!
By the end of the book, once all the tutorials have been completed, the sewer should have the confidence to be able to browse through the endless sewing tutorials available online - both here on my blog and on many other fabulous blogs and sites - and try making lots of new things!
To purchase your own copy of this book to teach someone (or perhaps even yourself) to sew, simply click here to head over to Amazon where all my ebooks are now available.