This weekend I taught Lily how to sew. When I asked her what she wanted to make first she replied, "a chicken". A chicken? I told her that we should start with something a little more simple, like a pillow or something. She went through my scrap basket and chose something hot pink, of course. I cut out a circle, demonstrated a few stitches, then let her go. She did better than I thought. There were a few mess ups, which was to be expected, but overall she did great. I was most proud that she didn't get frustrated and completed the project. Too often when we start projects she gets frustrated and wants to give up. One thing that I really want her to learn is that it is okay to fail. This is a lesson that I am still learning myself. Once she sewed up the sides of the pillow she stuffed it and sewed up the hole. She would have been happy with just that, but then I suggested we make a face with buttons and a little embroidery. She picked it all out herself. I helped her with the buttons, getting them started, then tying the knots at the end, but she did the majority of it all her own. She even did the mouth almost all by herself. I am so proud of my big girl! I feel so lucky to get to share this with my daughter. Oh, and we did all this sitting on the floor of my sewing studio, of course!
Next up on Lily's sewing agenda - a chicken.