It’s me, I teach sewing lessons! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but I’ve been too nervous to do it and afraid that no one would really be interested in me sharing my knowledge. I teach the 16 and 17 year-old girls at my church and in December we were talking about sharing our knowledge and talents with others. One of my dear girls sent me a text message the next day and asked me if I’d ever be interested in teaching sewing lessons because her little sister wanted to learn so badly and their mom didn’t know where to take her. It was just the push I needed to get my act together and get started.
My first class began in January. I have a small group of cute little ladies ages 10-12 and we have been having so much fun working on sewing projects. We meet twice a month and I’ve put together a little syllabus of projects and it’s been a great learning experience for me as well. There have definitely been some things I’ve needed to work on as a teacher (like determining how long it will realistically take to complete certain sewing projects. I’m really bad at that.), and it’s helped me figure out how to go about teaching others to sew.
Here we are working on our little half aprons. We do our sewing lessons in my house and it can be kind of crazy sometimes (three little kids and two cats offer up lots of distraction for excitable girlies) but we make it work. So far we have made drawstring bags using this great tutorial, little Gingermelon dollies, pillowcases (this is the easiest way to make pillowcases!), and aprons I just taught without a pattern or tutorial. Down the road we’ll be doing zipper pouches, skirts, headbands, clothing, and whatever else I can come up with that they want to make. I’m hoping to take on more students in the future as well. It’s really just so fun to see the fabrics they choose, and to indoctrinate young people with the joys of fabric hoarding, bwahahaha!
We have our cutting and pressing station and then a table for our sewing machines. Figuring out everyone’s different machines was scary for me at first, but luckily we haven’t had too many issues. We like to listen to music (mainly the Trolls soundtrack, haha!) and have entertaining preteen conversations. Mostly about my cats, future sewing projects, and sometimes American Girl dolls, about which I know nothing, so that’s educational.
My own little lady (who is only five) absolutely loves sewing lessons. She always wants to do exactly what the big girls are doing and she tries really hard to impress them. They are sweet with her and I try hard to be patient and teach her along with them. These little sewing lessons are making me really excited for when I can fully teach her to sew in a couple years.
My little students are adorable. They always come and tell me what they’ve been working on at home and it just makes my heart swell with sewing pride and gladness, I tell you. Teaching a new generation of sewing enthusiasts is a dream come true, really. Teaching people to sew is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so it’s exciting to finally be doing it! We have a lot of fun at our sewing lessons, and I feel like it’s helping me be an even better seamstress myself.