March is officially “Craft Month” (though that’s pretty much every month for me!) and I was honored to participate in my own little way by creating a project from Deborah Fisher’s book Sew Fun.
By Deborah Fisher
Interweave/F+W Media; $26.99
The goal of this book is to give you projects and ideas for sewing with your children. I was intrigued by the topic and thought I’d give it a whirl with my little gal. I like that the book has tips for what the kids can do in the project that seem pretty reasonably age appropriate. I will say that I think the book is geared towards middle school to teen kids for actual sewing. I do a lot of crafts with my 4 year old but sewing with her is not something I’ve tackled. In fact, mama’s sewing room is pretty much off limits because of tools and such. So this was a bit of a gamble with us. 😉 I chose a project from the “wearable” section of the book because my girl is SUCH a dress up girly girl.
Insect Capes….hmmm…four year old princess loving girl…how’s that going to work? Well, I started with some purple felt in a vain attempt to eliminate some pink from our lives. (start laughing…it was a useless endeavor)
I used one of the pattern pieces and traced it on freezer paper. Since my 4 year old is a bit smaller than the model shown I knew I would need to reduce the size of the pattern. I simply folded the pattern to eliminate some of the length but not lose the basic shape of the wing. I had to adjust the lines of the pattern to meet in their new length but that is easy peasy! And before you knew it I had two wings!
I followed the directions and added a neckline to connect the wings and then searched my sewing room for embellishments for the wings. I knew that my girly girl would want SPARKLE! But this mama was also determined to be frugal and wanted to use what I had on hand. So that meant blue sparkly snowflakes and green sparkly stick on beads.
Hmm…after gleefully decorating the wings with all the joy in her heart, my little gal came to the realization as she looked at her final product that there was NOT ENOUGH PINK. Sigh. lol. So back to the cupboards I went to search for more PINK things. And so Mama sewed on sparkly pink trim around the edges of the wings. And then in an attempt to tie all of these crazy colors together, I added lots of ribbons with all of the colors used.
I’m not going to lie…these wings crack me up. They are soooo Caitlyn now. Over the top, sparkly and colorful. This is how Caitlyn does insect wings. And she lit up when she saw them finished.
It wasn’t all fun and games for me to work with my daughter on this…she’s a bit young for any sewing participation on my end (I know some people sew with their little ones at this age but I know my strengths and this isn’t one of them. lol). But a lot of this is about exposure and having ownership in participating in the creation of something you see as beautiful and usable. And you can’t put a price on that.