Spring colours are everywhere
We had a wonderful Easter and I enjoyed spending time with family.
We especially enjoyed watching our kids scavenge our country property looking for eggs! I’m grateful for the warmer weather even though it means being asked daily for the next two months “how many more days until my birthday?” My daughter begins her birthday countdown at the first sign of warm weather. Time flies, I will need to plan her party soon in order to fit it in before school lets out!
It’s been a busy month for SewKids! I recently hosted a hand sewing workshop for two classes of 1st-grade students at a local French school.
We made some adorable Easter eggs out of felt and embellished them with beads. They proudly displayed them in the school corridor before bringing them home as gifts for Mom and Dad (see photo).
The children were really engaged and enjoyed trying something new. The teachers were impressed that the class became almost zen-like. Parents have since mentioned that their children are now asking for sewing supplies to continue at home. Testimonials like these bring me joy. Knowing that it has made an impression on them makes it worthwhile. After all, this is the reason I created SewKids!
I began to learn how to sew at the age of 5 by watching my wonderfully talented mother whip up an outfit in only hours. I started with doll clothes and worked my way to clothing. She taught me the skills I needed to create anything I wanted. She even taught me how to make patterns at a very young age. The first time I saw a pant pattern, I was so confused by its shape. She was patient and explained how it all worked together. Once I could wrap my head around it, it was like opening Pandora’s box.
A mother's influence
This proved to really be a defining moment in my life. From then on, I never stopped creating. And drafting complex patterns has always come quite naturally to me. At first, sewing was a hobby, then a side hustle and eventually it developed into a career in Fashion Design. I am grateful for having the opportunity to learn this valuable life skill and I truly enjoyed the bonding it allowed for my mother and I. Many years later, after having my own children, my focus has shifted to teaching kids and helping them to express their creativity through sewing.
In honour of my mother, Sewkids! offering two special programs next month. We have a top secret Mother’s day gift workshop on May 4th (morning or afternoon session). Our SewKids will spend half a day creating a special gift for Mom. Don’t worry Dad, we have a Father’s day gift workshop for you too! (June 8th)
For those of you who follow our projects online through our blog or our Youtube channel, we have a great gift idea that you can make for Mom. Stay tuned for our video tutorial and free downloadable pattern.
The second program that was inspired by my Mom is a Parent and Child sewing class. This is a passion project that I have been wanting to do for a while. I truly believe it offers a great opportunity for bonding between parent and child while creating and learning a new skill. I recently received several requests so I think it’s a great time to launch it. The classes are open to either Mom/Dad or grandparent and one child. An additional child may be added for a small fee.
I am excited to offer these classes and looking forward to meeting our parent/children sewing duos. You can register here.
French Summer Sewing Camp
Our French Summer Sewing Camp registration opens next week!
Join SewKids! for a 4-day sewing camp M-Th, 9 am – 4pm