Rainbow Fish. Such a sweet story of giving and friendship. A perfect message for little sewers. This week during Sew Me a Story, we stitched up our own little rainbow fish.
Each one was unique, just like the little maker.
For our preschool "Sew Me a Story" series, we decided to stitch up sunflowers that will last all season long. We read the wonderful Camille and the Sunflowers to gain inspiration and get us started. While we love this book about Vincent vanGogh, there are so many wonderful sunflower books out there like To Be Like the Sun and The Tiny Seed.
Our inspiration was Eric Carle's My Apron. I found this gem in the public library and was immediately inspired to sew an apron. After reading the book, we discussed ways that they might use an apron. Cooking? Gardening? Building?
Bonjour! Welcome to L'école de couture aka Sewing School 2. We are pleased to announce a French version of the book published by Eyrolles. How fun to think of little French sewers learning with Sewing School!
My daughter was thrilled to see her thought bubble in French! "I didn't know I could think in French!"
The book stays true to the original including the binding and full-sized patterns. Of course, all of the measurements are in metric units.
I was thinking about how English speaking children who want to learn French would benefit from L'école de couture. The simple text and step-by-step directions are perfect for practicing a new language while crafting!
To find out more, visit the L'ecole de couture site. Click on the "extraits" tab for page samples. It's also fun to follow Eyrolles on FaceBook and Instagram. C'est trés bon!
Carpenter Art Garden here in Memphis. What a wonderful organization that really connects kids to art, nature, gardening, and culture. I decided to make a felt version of the Just Right Pouch from Sewing School.
Carrie Bloomston's Story fabric! Along with fabric markers, the kids had fun using fabric to inspire their stories.
What a fun morning we had at Toddler Sewing and Story Time this month! After our awesome librarians read several snow-themed books including this pop-up version of "The Mitten", we had fun sewing our own mittens and retelling story.
The mitten is made of low-loft batting, which is the perfect snowy white material for sewing when you're using plastic needles and lacing yarn. I used Jan Brett's amazing drawings for the mitten pattern and animals. Yes, you could make the mitten out of paper, but that's not quite as much fun!
First, the kids sewed around the mitten with a little adult help.
Next, they colored the animals, which have a few holes in each for easy lacing.
The kids loved lacing the animals and putting them into the mitten at the end.
Not only were they strengthening fine motor skills, but we talked about animals, colors, order, and story elements as they worked. That's a lot of learning for these little sewers!