Embroidery with Kids: Sewing with a Group
*Be prepared. While you want to have the kids become independent sewers, your life will be so much happier if you have the fabric already on the hoops and some needles pre-threaded.
*Start off in small groups. We began with groups of 3 for 15 minute each over a 3 day period. This way, I could sit with the kids, make sure they were on the right track and understood what to do. After this initial period, they sewed during other designated times. By staggering the starting points, the kids worked and finished at different times which was helpful. Everyone wasn't clambering for help all at once.
*Make sure your project has a purpose. Knowing why they are doing something and what the finished project should look like is very important for kids. Embroidery for embroidery's sake is not going to sit well with young sewers. Next time I'll show off some cool projects.
*While many kids will need your help with threading needles, tying knots, and fixing mistakes, make sure you have a "DIY" station stocked with needles, threads, and scissors for the kids to practice threading on their own. I even had Sewing School open to the the theading a needle page for reference.
Here are some common mistakes that I encountered and tried to explain to the kids.