Learning to sew. - The Magic Onions

Learning to sew.

With all the felted sweater sewing that’s been going on in our house, K has become very interested to learn to sew. She has tried to sew in the past, but seems to loose interest after the second stitch. Today, she was determined to complete her own sewing project. Her fairy needed a pillow, you see, a very pressing need indeed.
She had her own pillow design in her head. She cut out the pattern herself and began to sew.

After a while, the customary frustration set in… the stitches ‘JUST WERENT GOING IN THE RIGHT PLACES!!!’

Usually, this is when I get frustrated too and the sewing bag gets stuffed back into it’s drawer in a HUFF!
But, this time, I had a brain wave… I’m quite sure I’m not the first to think of this and I’m also a little sure that if I had read all of those sewing books I checked out of the library, I would have heard of this learning technique…
I took a marker and marked dots exactly where K was to make her stitches. Oh my gosh… she sewed her pillow like a seamstress! She was done in minutes. She left a small hole for the wool stuffing – yes, her fairy will be very pleased with her comfy new pillow!
She sewed up the hole, even knotted the thread herself and…
A pretty little pink, cashmere pillow. She is super proud of her handiwork… can you tell?
Blessings and magic to you today.
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. So sweet. I always feel so giddy when an idea comes on like that. Even though I suspect I’m not the first, I was the recipient of the Goodness! :)
    Love that.

    The pillow and the Gril are darling.

  2. Very cute post.
    A darling girl, and a very lucky fairy!

  3. What a great idea! I will have to try marking stitches for my girl, who gets very frustrated when sewing!

  4. When I was a child I always seemed to manage to sew my handiwork onto the clothes I was wearing … then cry when my mum had to unpick all my stitches to get me free.
    I’m still not a very good seamstress!!

  5. Lol, Shazronnie… I had a real laugh at this visual… poor you :-)
    Blessings and magic to you all.

  6. My daughter sewed her little patchwork quilt to her clothes too.. but she kept at it and created a little pillow herself – what a wonderful feeling.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  7. Whether of not it has been thought of before, I hadn’t thought of it either. It’s a great idea to give a visual guide to kids learning to sew. I will have to try this. Thanks.

  8. I wish I had tried a visual guide for myself a long time ago! I always love the project I find her and would like to give you a “pass it along style” blog award that was recently given to me. Just a shout out of appreciation… it’s on my site today if you want to check it out and/pr participate.

  9. Fabulous idea! I did something along those lines a few weeks ago. A couple of my kids wanted to “stitch” (as they kept saying, so I let them do some on an embroidery hoop, and it was kind of wild. But, then a few weeks ago (this is the second time they had done it), I thought to grab a crayon, ask them what shape they wanted to make. One did a heart and one did a house. They looked wonderful!

  10. It is not easy to sew, I am 55 and I still find it tricky, well done to your daughter, cheers Marie

  11. This is very sweet. I’ll try this with my little munchkin :-) Btw – I finished both waldorf dolls. Will post part 2 and 3 photo tutorial soon.

  12. Hi,

    I am following your blog since Chrismas and am every single day amazed and thankful for your posts. You do and create such beautiful things! I am getting one inspiration after the other, and my one and single problem is not to have enough time to follow each of your idea.
    Today just a big THANK YOU from me!

  13. We also had this issue–Helen might have been a bit younger though- first I used a hole punch and made holes in the felt so she could sew a felt valentine for her teacher. Later, I then moved to marking the spots with a pen. Glad you’re getting over the sewing hump!

  14. My little boy tried sewing recently, too, when we were making snow children. I loved seeing him do it. I like K’s pilow! Beth

  15. Smart mama! That’s a lucky little fairy who will be receiving that cashmere pillow.

  16. I know this probably sounds so lame but I was browsing through your shop of wonderfully felted items and it made me so very happy. :-)

  17. That is a great sewing project. I think my daughters would love that.

  18. Great idea, thanks

  19. what a fantastic idea! I’m so glad you thought of it and I’m glad she’s enjoying sewing now! I hope my girls will want to as well but I’m trying not to push things…(they are only 2 and 3)…

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