My 5 year old nephew came over for a visit when I was working on a sewing project. He was very
intrigued. I assumed a Kindergartner is too little to understand the concept of creating clothing from a flat sheet of fabric, but he kept asking questions so I kept answering! It was marvelous to see his curiosity bloom and to aid in his understanding of something new.
First, I had to explain what the sewing machine was for. I pointed out the needle and the thread. Then I took the bodice I was working on and showed him a section that had yet to be stitched together.
“See how these two pieces are open? I can use the sewing machine to sew them together and then they will stay closed. Then I can wear it!”
I pinned the pieces together and showed him the foot of the machine. I situated the fabric and lowered the foot. I sewed the two pieces together and then let him examine them. “Oooooh, now they stay together!” he exclaimed. It was adorable!
Over the next 15 minutes he asked me about different styles of stitches, I showed him how to make the needle move by pressing the pedal and let him sew a few rows himself, he asked me about buttons and I explained the special foot we’d use to make a buttonhole, and then showed him the difference between hand sewing a button and using the machine.
We chatted about the dress I was wearing, which I had also made, and he told me about the yellow and pink jumpsuit he would like to design. Something in purple would be best for his little sister, and Grandmama should get a new shirt. All his ideas!
Have you ever been surprised by the curiosity and capacity to learn exhibited by your little one?