My grand mother saw how frustrated I was and took me back to the running stitch. She cut some rectangles of fabric from scrap material and had me stitch a little pillow cover for my dolls. Then I was able to make sachets for my mother. I remember making them for Mother's Day. I remember that the stitching lessons were not every day, not scheduled for hours on end but were available whenever I asked if I could try it again.
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If you are not up to teaching a hand sewing class with your child or grandchild this summer, you may want to make a nice sewing kit in a jam jar and give it as a Christmas gift. Then in the winter months when there is no sense in swimming all afternoon you can sit down and just teach by doing.
To make the pin cushion on the top: Take the lid off the jam jar, and glue a good sized wad of cotton to the flat lid. Cut a circle of fabric and lay it over the cotton. Put a couple of drops of glue on the inside lip of the lid band and screw it down on to the jar. Let it dry.
Fill the jar with threads small scissors, a measuring tape, seam ripper, thimbles, and some pieces of counted cross stitch fabric, pins, some pretty buttons, and regular sewing threads. As always, add a ribbon and a tag.
So, you can learn to sew on a button and then teach that skill to a child. If you are giving this kit to a girl, add some sew on snaps, strips of felt and sequins!