Prepping the Next Generation!

One thing I love about my son is he wants to TRY everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. (not food-wise believe me, that is a challenge!). He sees me or Mr. Steam do something and HE wants to do it.

He used to sit for an hour or longer and watch Mr. Steam work on cars in the garage. That is until he was old enough to fetch tools or even help.

When he turned 3 he would go fix his cozy coupe or his trike. He put it up on blocks first. Because, you know that’s what you do, then he’d go get tools and fix it.

Trike on blocks 05-10-2010 cozy coupe on blocks 03

When he was only 4 he changed out the training wheels on Ms M’s bike all by himself.

Fixing Ms M's training wheelsSo why all this talk about tools and helping Mr. Steam? Because this spring break N asked if he could learn to sew. Please.

Sew? Please? The angels sang!

Of course my dear you can learn to sew. How about a pillowcase? Would you like to pick out your fabric?


So off he and I went to my local quilt shop. The plan had been to pick out 3 fabrics to make one pillow case.

That was the plan.

But, it turns out that N is a fabric shopper like me. So instead we got fabric for THREE pillow cases and the quilt for his bed in the new camper.

Pillow case 1 – Monster Truckspillow case 1 - Monster Trucks

Pillow case 2 – Construction truckspillow case 2 - construction trucks

Pillow case 3 – Packerspillow case 3 - Packers

Quilt – Packers. This is actually awesome. He had requested a packers quilt for his camper bed. My plan had been to get plain green fabric and applique on white to make it look like a football field, and then make football and packer blocks to go around the edge. But N found this panel, which will totally save time!!!! And he loves the packer fabric. PERFECT!Ns Camper quilt fabric

First thing we had to deal with was the foot pedal. N couldn’t reach it and the sewing table from the chair. So we found a box that was just the perfect height.

Raising the foot pedal

So first, I had him practice sewing some straight lines. I had just coincidentally read a post on Quilts of Love where Margaret was teaching her daughter to sew. She thought it would be easier for a kid to follow a drawn line than line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the foot. That was a slap me in the head moment. One of those things that should have been SOOOOO obvious, but I hadn’t thought of it.

We did 2 lines. One with a sharpie that was FAT and BLACK. Super easy to see. The second one was with a blue wash out pen. He did great. And as you can see, was super excited.

Pratice seams Pratice seamsNext up was the actual pillowcase. I did all the ironing, cutting and pinning. I am not quite ready to let him at the rotary cutter. But he did EVERYTHING else.

First up – The cuff seam

Sewing the cuffcuff doneNext the French seams to make the case. What a ham!

Sewing the French seamsAnd here’s the proud creator of his very own pillow case!!!!

Finished PillowcaseHe was all ready to go to make his next one, but we really had to get shoe shopping. The boy’s toes were literally coming out of the front of his shoes. Besides we have to save a project for next weekend!!!


About NotYourNormalSteam

I love to make things, food, paper, fabric, the medium doesn’t really matter. I am also an obsessive planner. The day after Christmas I am already working out plans for the next year.
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2 Responses to Prepping the Next Generation!

  1. Joy says:

    This is the moment most quilter wait for. How fortunate are you!

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