Sunday Activities: Stitching Family Pillow Together
The elder two learning about occupation in school recently that they wanted to get some “hands-on” experience. So one of the occupations that my kids want to try is to be a tailor (the eldest is more an adventurous one wanting to try new things) and artist (the younger one is more comfortable being in doing something which she is familiar with).
So to get them having hands-on experience with this and also to teach them family teamwork, I came out with a plan to stitch family pillow together. My initial plan was just my elder daughter will draw on the white canvas cloth, then my son, who is the eldest would stitch the pillow using needle and thread and the youngest would help to stuff cotton into the pillow before he stitches the pillow with
He have this picture in his book where the tailor was working with a sewing machine and he knows that we have one at home too. He sees me working with it a few times. So when he request to try to sew, his idea is to do it with the sewing machine.
As he have just turned 7 years old, I have my reservation with him using the sewing machine. In fact, I have my thoughts of all the “what ifs” and my next course of action if any accident happens.
However, I am also a strong believer where when a child is highly curious about something, we should allow them to explore.
So, I change my plan. I really want him to learn how to use needle and thread though. I put on my thinking cap and start thinking how else can I incorporate needle and thread, and it can only be done with needle and thread instead of
I bought some graph paper, and cross out the letters for him. As I was doing it, I
I didn’t need to teach the him much about cross stitch, simply also because I never cross stitch before! So, we YouTube some videos on it and before he even completed the whole video, he say he want to start stitching.
So, now my attention to my elder daughter, K Lynn, on her drawings. I asked her to draw on paper first, once she have her design, she can redraw it to the canvas instead.
It took him almost 2 hours plus to complete his cross stitch, and now, he knows how hard Aunty Michelle do her cross stitch. However, as his motivation is to use the sewing machine, he didn’t give up even though he starts to feel bored half way.
Next, his opportunity to use the sewing machine. I brief him on the safety part – how should he place his hand, how to thread the needle (this was difficult for him because the hole for the cross stitch needles was much bigger, so in the end I did it for him) and how to make sure he is stitching straight. I used pins to hold both cloth so it stays put and would be easier for him to stitch straight.
After he completes all 3 sides, it’s finally the younger sister, K Shwen’s turn. She was really excited as she bought the cotton with daddy and she knows it’s her task.
Definitely, team work well done! It’s not the most perfect pillow, but the most perfect one for our family.