Kids Sewing Camp Day 1

Pin, Cut, Sew has kicked off local classes! I taught six adults how to make a tote bag on Saturday and today was the first day of my first Summer Sewing Camp! I have three girls plus my own kids and another is joining us starting tomorrow. I think the girls had fun! 

June camps are sleepover themed, so we're making pillowcases, drawstring backpacks and pajama shorts (and maybe eye masks if we have extra time) over the course of the four day camp. I have to give credit to my sister for the awesome idea of these sewing camps, I totally copied her, she's brilliant for thinking of it. 

I got a few good shots from today. 

For beginner sewings, getting the hang of the machine is the first hurdle. In order to learn the process of lowering the presser foot, backstitching, turning, etc... I printed these amazing free downloads from Skip to my Lou. I didn't just use them for the kids, I also used them for the adults on Saturday! They really were so helpful. 

There are plenty of good pillowcase tutorials out there. I typically use this method, but for these I did it a little differently so it would be easy for the kids. I like the extra white strip on my pillowcases, so I wanted to keep that element! 

But for the easiest tutorial I've seen, if you're a beginner and want a very simple pillowcase tutorial, this video can't be beat: 

I'll share more photos as we go! So far this is really fun and nearly as stressful as I knew it could be, ha! I tried to be very prepared, so I think that's paying off. The good news is that so many people out there, both kids and adults really, really want to learn how to sew! That makes me happy. 

Cheers and Happy Sewing! :)