Making projects with youngsters can be lots of fun with a little bit of pre-planning. Whether it is your own children or the grands, embroidering with them makes memories. Here are some tips to make sure they are good ones!
Choose an Age-appropriate Project
You want to pique their interest. Start out with something that is fun and stitches quickly. Little pupils tend to burn out with lengthy projects, especially at first. Pick out two or three appropriate projects and let them choose one.
Prep Pieces Ahead of Time
To avoid a project marathon, it is a good idea to get everything set up and have stabilizer and GlitterFlex cut and ready to go. Number pieces according to the instructions so that you can just sit down and sew.
That also helps with following directions and number recognition. If you are fortunate enough to have thread trays from Laser Bee Studios, they keep thread in order so that your helper can easily participate.
Make sure your little stitcher knows that they should not reach into the hoop. Let them operate the embroidery machine only under your supervision. Leave cutting and trimming to the adults.
Your helper can also participate by choosing fabrics, gathering thread colors, pressing buttons, applying glue stick, and making creative decisions. Besides, GlitterFlex is so much fun, who cares if the puppy is purple?
Work Around Meals and Nap Time
Just like us, if your stitching partner is hungry or tired, it will not go well. Work around nap time and have meals (and snacks) prepped ahead of time.
Just Have Fun
Don’t be afraid to let your stitching protege choose their own color combos, no matter how garish. It only matters that they love what they are doing. Take lots of pictures and let them be proud of their unique creation!
What tips do you have for stitching with the younger crowd?
Sew Inspired by Bonnie