Well the school holidays have arrived and so has the rain, are we surprised, I'm not?! I do however have high hopes of sunshine at some point over the next two weeks but today it is gloomy and cold and the children have already started complaining that they have nothing to do.
My children see me regularly either hand stitching or on my sewing machine and Evie often sits and starts little projects with me.
Evie, like me is a big fan of 'The Great British Sewing Bee', so today I decided it would be nice for her to have a go with the sewing machine and never wanting to miss out on anything, so did Freddie, he was as eager as she was. When I was a child I would often sit and watch my mother using a very old fashioned singer sewing machine that had a manual foot pedal. I loved listening to the repetitive sound of the pedal and looked forward to the day when I could sew like she did, and it makes me very happy that my children are also interested in crafts and creativity.
So today we took out the fabric box and Evie and Freddie chose the fabrics they wanted to use to make bean bags. Freddie who is only 5 is as keen as his sister and often asks me questions about what I am doing. Today he explained to his 9yr old sister what a bobbin was and where it was located on the machine, I was very impressed, as was she!
Freddie needed help as his legs couldn't reach the pedal, so I sat him on my knee and he set to work. He did really well and enjoyed filling his bag with rice. The finished bag has since been used as a swing for his batman figure, a robots house and has been dropped down the toilet after he tried balancing it on his head whilst peeing!!
Evie was very confident and whizzed around her fabric at great speed, I am now very concerned about future driving lessons with her as she does have a tendency to 'floor' it!
It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and the kids learnt a new skill, and made something for themselves. Who knows one of them could be a future 'Sewing Bee'!