My niece, Abby, and I have a new tradition. She is 8 years old and has a real interest in sewing. During a summer visit, we made a pillow together. She, her mom and dad, and her two younger brothers were with us over Thanksgiving, which gave us the perfect opportunity to work on a new project. We looked through my fabric stash and she chose some cheerful cherry fabric that matched her new earrings. We found some fun embellishments, and with no pattern, worked together to create an apron for her to wear at home. She has a steady hand at the machine (my hands were right there guiding hers), a real eye for detail, and can envision what the finished project will look like. Here is the result of our time together:
Doesn't she look cute? My sister told me that when Abby got home she changed her list for Santa. Now she's hoping for a sewing machine, fabric and thread. I'm so happy she has discovered sewing as a way to use her creative gifts. Before I know it, she'll be teaching me!