Sewing Camp Wrap-Up!

Sewing camps are over! I'm sad! And tired! Haha. I taught 28 kids to sew this Summer. And the best part is, many of their moms tag me or share with me pictures of them sewing at home on their own. That's the goal, after all! I had a fun group for my last camp and I'm about to unload all those photos on you here, BUT FIRST, I cannot wait to share with you the promotional video my talented friend Liz MacMurray made. I've watched it so many times, it just makes me so happy. If you are local and want something unique for your family photos this year, check out her site and just FYI, she's running special mini-sessions right now!! 

Both July camps were themed around sewing for 18" dolls and they were so much fun. We made a lot of things and the girls had a blast! This past week they ended each day just trying the clothes on their dolls and making up silly fashion shows. 

On the last day of camp, we made flip flops and visor out of craft foam, then we have a runway fashion show and then we have pizza and watch an American Girl movie (last week's vote was Lea, but this week they voted Isabell). But this time around, almost everyone just wanted to keep sewing during the movie! They made all kinds of doll tote bags, pillows and other little things, a few even designed little pet beds for their dolls' pets and Natalie made a doll-sized drawstring backpack. They turned the t-shirt pattern around to make jackets, made matching p.j./sleep mask/pillow sets and just got so creative! 

And now I'm going to take a nap. 

Ha! Not really, I actually have some sewing to do today ;)

Cheers and happy sewing! 


Sewing Camp Progress!

My first week of sewing camp is in full swing and it has been so much fun so far! I'm completely wiped out, in the best of ways when it's over each day. My favorite moments in teaching others to sew are when someone finally turns their finished project right side out and they gasp and grin and are so proud that they made something! It's the best. 

Day two we made drawstring backpacks and these took the whole three hours. They were worth the hard work because they are so cool! And today some of the girls showed up wearing them and carrying their things around in them, which made me happy. 

We used the tutorial from hello, Wonderful.  I love how different everyone's fabric is! 

Today's project was pajama shorts and this one will spill into tomorrow morning. We only have a few seams left! I bought the pdf version of Jalie's Pull-on Pants and Shorts pattern. I taped the pattern together and then yesterday I traced each girl's correct size onto pattern paper, aka the huge cheap roll of banner paper I bought for the task. I had measured each person earlier and some of the girls wear the same size so I had them share. Still, it took time, but thankfully, each pair of shorts fits perfectly! Love that about Jalie patterns, their sizing chart is right on. 

So much concentration! I'm so impressed at how far they've all come since the first day! They're cutting straighter, learning the sewing terms, their seam allowances are looking nicer and the machines aren't coming unthreaded nearly as much today, ha! 

Super proud :) 




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! :)