Often it feels like there’s a few really big divides in the sewing world: quilting, children’s clothes, adult clothes and bag makers. Sometimes there’s overlap, but its less common than I thought it would be. It was only last year that I was pushed out my sewing comfort zone of children’s clothes and play accessories, into the world of adult clothing and bag making.
Fast forward to present day, and I’m a guest tester for Little Moo Designs, mostly, I think, because of my (bag making) inexperience! I’m there to make sure the patterns aimed at beginners are suited to them 😉
Last week Kylie, the creative genius behind Little Moo, released two new patterns aimed at getting kids behind the sewing machine (fully supervised of course!).
Enter my 5yo*, Olivia, who has been keen to start sewing for quite some time now. I’ve been the reluctant one!! I decided to try The Chibi Bag, which looked fairly simple. ‘Chibi’ is the Japanese term for tiny, small, little. The ‘Chibi’ Bags are exactly this, small and adorable!
While I was willing to let Liv have a go at my machine, I wasn’t going to let her go wild with either my rotary cutter or scissors, so I took care of cutting the fabric and fusing the interfacing and fleece on.
Liv was very happy to clip the fabric pieces together (2 x main and 2 x lining), then I unplugged the foot pedal on my machine (Janome DC4030), slowed the speed right down and breathed down her neck while she guided the fabric and used the stop/start button to sew.
Liv is VERY proud of her creation and takes it everywhere, I do the same with my bags, so I guess I can’t blame her!!
If you are looking for something fun and easy to help introduce a child to the wonderful world of sewing, this is the perfect pattern!!
For the next level of experience, give the Tiny Treasures Pouch, with it’s zip top, a try 🙂
*These patterns are recommended for ages 8+. If you do choose to sew with a younger child, I HIGHLY advise breaking the sewing component into two sessions for your child’s enjoyment and your own sanity!!