Several weeks ago I blogged about my adorable granddaughter Mira’s desire to make a pajama top. At the time we made it, she said she wanted to add a skirt, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that during our sewing date last week, she wanted to fulfill her fashion dream. After she drew a picture of what she was envisioning, we set forth on adding a skirt to the pj top. She could see what I couldn’t – a nightgown (that would likely double as a princess dress).
As Mira is still new to machine sewing, I was unsure about the complexity or time it would take to gather the skirt, so I pleated the skirt fabric and she sewed it to the top. After hemming the skirt and adding a casing at the waist, Mira fed a piece of ribbon through the casing. That night she slept well in her new nightgown.
Patiently waiting for her turn…..
In the same post, I wrote that Catie, age 6, was quite satisfied to sit on my lap while sewing. That may have been true in November, but in the ensuing month, Catie grew up. She waited for her turn to use the sewing machine and this time she was ready to sew on her own. Our conversation went something like this:
Cate: “Ramma (her pet name for Grandma), can I sit on the chair by myself and you can sit next to me?”
Me: “OK, that will work but I’ll need to be very close to you”.
Cate: “Can I put my foot on the pedal all by myself?”
Me: “OK” (while I checked to make sure the machine speed was on low).
We then sewed a few squares onto her quilt.
Cate: “I think I’m ready to use the thread cutter like Mira does”.
Cate: “Ramma, you don’t need to put your hands on the fabric, I can do it myself”. Then, “Ramma, I can do it myself”! (forcefully)
While I wanted Cate to be able to go solo, I was keenly aware that she’d be safest with some assistance.
She quickly sewed a dozen or more squares and then said, “Now what can we sew?” We found enough quilting cotton to make a pillowcase. Her sister soon followed with the same project and then Catie started her second quilt.
What a busy yet fun afternoon we had. I am still shocked that at age 6, Cate can use a sewing machine with minimal supervision. I’ve read that six-year-old’s sew with a machine but honestly I didn’t believe it. Now I do.