In today’s technology-driven world, it can be easy to forget that educating our children about practical life skills is just as important as, say, instructing them on operating their smart devices. Going a step further, chances are that basic life skills kids learn today (such as how to prepare a meal, do laundry, count change and so on) will be utilized long after the latest technology is obsolete.
However, even if teaching life skills is on your radar, you many not immediately think of sewing as one of them. And yet, as with all basic skills, learning to sew helps children become more self-reliant. The act of sewing helps a child improve dexterity, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Sewing also builds self-confidence, encourages creativity and fosters a sense of accomplishment. When a child sews, they learn patience and perseverance, as well as the satisfaction of a job well done.
At DBRL, we offer a variety of books to help you and your child start sewing today. For instance, “Let’s Sew” is a wonderful introduction to the art. This book breaks down the basics of sewing into easily digestible bits of information, covering everything your child needs to get started, from basic stitches to reading patterns. Visually appealing, this book provides instructions for making felt birds and butterflies, handy bags and more.
To help your child get sewing in no time, here are a few more books to borrow from DBRL:
- “Learning to Sew” by Kathleen Petelinsek
- “Cool Stuff to Sew” by Stephanie Turnbill
- “Sew It! Make 17 Projects With Yummy Precut Fabric” by Allison Nicoll
- “Sew in Style: Make your Own Doll Clothes” by Erin Henzel
- “Sew your Own Pet Pillows: Twelve Huggable Friends You Can Easily Make” by Choly Knight
- “Invasion of the Plush Monsters! Wickedly Weird Creatures You Just Gotta Sew” by Veronika Gunter
- “Decorating Projects for a Lazy Crafternoon” by Stella Fields
- “Complete Photo Guide to Sewing” by Janith Bergeron
Looking for more sewing fun? Mark your calendars for our “Quilting Fun for Kids” program at the Columbia Public Library on Saturday, March 24 from 11-12:30 p.m. Your child will use math, measuring and cutting skills to create their own colorful quilt block. Finished creations will be joined together to make a larger quilt that will be displayed at the Columbia Public Library during the 4th Annual Quilt Exhibit. Registration will begin March 6.
The Quilt Exhibit will be held from April 7-9. Funded by the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation, the theme for this year’s exhibit is “The Social World of Quilting.” Quilt exhibit programs will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 1:30 and 2:45 pm.