Sewing is a life skill that teaches patience, dexterity, fine motor skills, concentration and creativity.
I only wish that every child boy and girl take the time to learn even the most basic of skills. Lets not throw out that shirt because its lost its button or take it to grandmas to get fixed, lets simply sew it on in a few minutes.
Hand Sewing is an essential skill to learn and is a great idea to master before tackling a sewing machine. Children can hand sew anywhere at anytime. Its a fabulous activity for the school holidays, a cold winters day or just for some down time any day of the week. It is something they can keep going back to with no rush to finish and minimal mess!
Miss Mary offers classes for children from the age of 5 years. With 10 years of teaching children to sew, the program has been structured and levelled for the absolute beginner through to an intermediate sewer.
Each class is created so that essential skills are covered gradually with particular projects so it will allow them to master and perfect their sewing along the way and become legendary little sewers.
With this program all ages are welcome into the one class. Please choose based on their level.
KIDS CLASSES will be going ahead in the July school holidays. Schedule coming soon!
These can be purchased through the online shop and you’ll receive the link to download it as soon as you have paid for it. No waiting for me to email it to you!
A range of kits will be offered. Pre-cut kits and ‘here’s the fabric but you need to cut it out yourself’ kits. Hopefully this will allow for all budgets. These holidays I have teamed up with Sewmondo, where I have curated some gorgeous fabric combinations.
Written instructions are included. Step by step, easy to read for children. Notice numbers on the left hand side of each step. These are the timings of the video so you can work along with the written instructions and easily find where you are up to. Any words that are printed in uppercase is highlighting a particular skill. Included, is a Skill sheet explaining how to complete that skill, along with extra info. There may be a QR code linking you to a video. Keep these skill sheets, file them and collate your own resource that you can refer to forever.
Each project will have a series of videos to go with it. Find the QR code on your pattern sheets. Open up your camera on your phone or iPad, scan the code and you will be directed to the video. Videos are uploaded to the Miss Mary YouTube channel, the videos are private and the public do not have access to it. Projects and skills are video’d by me, of me, talking and explaining how to. What you hear is exactly what you would expect in a class situation. You might hear me say quite a lot “so now”, while I take you through each step haha! You’ll find written prompts on your screen and I’ll speed up at times too, so the children don’t get bored, but can still see what is going on.
As this is new for me and I am adjusting to this way of teaching, I’m sure it will be new for you too. Whilst I won’t be there to watch over your child’s shoulder, prompt them with the steps to thread their machine or work out why their machine is not sewing properly, I am offering a HELP LINE over the next couple of weeks. Yup! You can call me, text me or Zoom me between the hours of 10am and 3pm from the 15 April to the 29 April. If you are completely stuck and cannot figure something out, I’ll do all I can to get you back on track.
*I am in the process of setting up classes for Absolute Beginners. If your child has never sewn before this service is unavailable. In the meantime, I am able to do a private lesson, to teach how to get started winding your bobbin, threading your machine. Please email for more info.
VIRTUAL SHOW & TELL
A virtual show & tell will be arranged so we can all see what the children have made. Just tag @missmarysews and hashtag #missmarysews . Children’s faces do not need to be photographed if you prefer, just a pic of the project is more than enough. Be creative with these! You can set the date now, it will be Sunday, 27th April.
I’m excited to be giving away fabric, threads & notions to add to your child’s kits!
I am literally jumping with joy to offer these pinned badges which are given to the children once they have completed their projects. Hopefully this will encourage your child to finish what they start. Meanwhile, they have practised their skills, learnt new ones and are on their way to becoming brilliant Sewists. They will work their way up the ladder to achieve different levels, covering different skills. There are several pins to collect. They can pin them to their sewing baskets, wear them or make a banner to display them. Once their project is finished, they/you must photograph, tag on Facebook or Instagram @missmarysews and hashtag #missmarysews. If you prefer not to show their face, just show their project. Then I will send their pin in the mail!
Absolute Beginners, Level 1 – Quilted Cushion, Level 2 – Fabric Baskets, Level 3 – Pillowcase. There will be more to collect next holidays!
New to Miss Mary and starting at Level 2 or 3? You would have missed a big chunk of learning, so you will receive ‘Star Sewist’ until the Absolute Beginner course and Fabric Baskets is available.
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How to be involved…
Check out the current range of patterns in the MISS MARY SHOP