What will your child learn during a sewing class at The Fabric and Felt Studio?
Skills, focus, confidence, empowerment, pride and a sense of achievement!
There is usually quite a lot of noise when my students arrive at the studio for the first time as they are excited at the prospect of making something special.
It is often the first time many of them have been entrusted with a sewing machine, a hot iron or a pair of sharp scissors. Initially, I spend time showing them how to use the machines and equipment correctly and safely.
The studio becomes noticeably quieter as they start concentrating on
- how to control feeding fabric through a sewing machine at the same time as controlling how fast the machine is going
- removing all the creases from fabric using a hot iron for the first time
- making the first cut into fabric using fabric shears.
They begin to understand that they are in control of a machine or a piece of equipment and they need to focus on handling it correctly and safely. You can see how empowered and important they feel when they realise they are actually controlling the actions of the sewing machine, iron or cutters – all by themselves!
Without even realising it, they are developing their hand-eye coordination, honing their fine motor skills as well as practising their Maths and English skills, making calculations about seam allowances, for example, and expanding their vocabulary.
Children feel a great sense of pride and achievement when they make something beautiful and useful. One of my students, who has been with me for over a year, can now make her own clothes. When her friends ask her where she got her PJ’s or the top she is wearing, she proudly tells them that she made them herself!
Sewing and crafting also helps children develop great social skills because it’s so much easier to start chatting even when you are new when you’re sitting alongside each other and your hands are busy. It is lovely to hear their stories and giggles during the classes and my regular students are quick to welcome newcomers and help them find their way around the studio. The children also learn to help, encourage and support each other when they are learning a new skill together, cutting out fabric for the first time, trying to remember how to work a particular function on the sewing machine or proudly presenting their finished masterpiece.
What will happen in the first class
Children will begin by learning the following sewing skills:
- Becoming familiar with the functions of a sewing machine
- Learning to thread a sewing machine and manage a bobbin
- Practising sewing basic straight and curved lines
- Selecting some fabric
- Making a simple item e.g. a pincushion.
Building on these foundation skills, I will then teach them how to:
- Measure and cut out fabric
- Sew seams
- Finish seams
- Pin correctly
- Use an iron and ironing board
- Make an envelope style cushion cover.
They can then go on to learn how to:
- Read patterns
- Correct sewing errors
- Enhance their projects
- Students will go on to make a number of different craft based projects such as soft toys, water bottle holders, iPad/computer covers, bags, aprons, PJs, simple wrap skirt, quilts.
The classes are kept to a maximum of four children so I can give each child individual tuition, attention and supervision. The atmosphere is focused yet relaxed and students are encouraged to work at their own pace and level on a variety of projects.
Snacks and breaks
Sewing requires lots of concentration so we take breaks out on the shady covered deck where children can drink and eat a snack brought from home. Water is available at any time.
What to bring
The studio is equipped with four Janome DC2150 sewing machines. Please request a sewing machine when you are booking a class online in the Comments box at checkout.
If your child has their own sewing machine, you can bring it along with its manual. However, please do not buy your child a cheap machine just for the class as some machines are not worth the money. I will be more than happy to advise you on buying the right sewing machine for your child.
Please also bring general sewing items such as sewing scissors, pins, sewing pencil/tailor’s chalk and white cotton thread. If you do not have these items, they are available to purchase from the shop within the studio.
Each new project will have its own material kit. These kits range from $12 – $35 depending on the project your child chooses to make. The material kits cover the cost of fabric, thread, zippers, sewing papers, elastic etc – everything that is needed to complete a project. I always consult parents before starting larger projects if the kits cost more than $35.
Terms and Conditions:
- First lesson is to be paid for via either Direct Debit or PayPal at checkout
- Fees are for tuition only.
- Should your child wish to continue with classes after they have attended their first then you can simply book directly with me at the studio and pay as you go.
- Any cancellations or no shows are subject to the full $35.00 tuition fee if within 24 hours.