I was lucky enough to spend Friday with a very special girl, teaching her how to sew! She wanted to make a cushion with her name on, so I explained and demonstrated exactly what needed to be done, letting her do all the work on the cushion herself. She started by chosing a selection of fabrics from my scrap box (she obviously loves batiks as much as I do), chose a selection of matching threads (thank goodness for my huge Aurifil collection), then she picked a style of letters for the applique. She pressed all of her fabrics herself, traced the letters in reverse onto Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 which were then roughly cut around the traced lines and fused the webbing onto the wrong side of the batik fabrics. She then cut around each letter directly on the traced lines, peeled off the backing paper and fused the letters onto the background fabric. We used a piece of fusible Pellon H630 for the wadding and a walking foot was attached to the sewing machine. As this was her first time using a machine, I made her a sample to practise on, then she was ready to stitch the letters for her name...
...despite choosing a tricky style of letters (this whimsy style has lots of curves) she did really well, taking her time and stitching slowly. She wanted to use a different colour thread for each letter so there were lots of thread changes as well as tricky stitching! Taylor wanted a zipper in the back of the cushion too, so I taught her an easy way of doing this using bdouble-sided basting tape. My Bernina 230PE was ideal for her to use and her stitching along the zipper was perfectly straight and neat...
,,,and this is the finished result - I can't believe she's only 11 years old and produced such amazing work! She did extremely well and I was so proud of her! She worked really hard, and when I told her she'd worked harder than if she's been at school, she replied it had been much more fun than school! We've already got her next project planned as she wants to make another one with her brother's name on, so I think I just might have inspired another young stitcher!
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