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Sewing with Kids – A Father’s Day Idea

2013 May 30

Father’s Day is coming up soon, so I though I would share a little project that my kids made for Daddy. (Oh, and I helped!)

I have been making pajama pants and shorts for my husband since we got married. I have a great Simplicity pattern that I have edited over the years to create the perfect shorts. So, I figured he would appreciate a pair that the kids helped make. I love finding things my kids can make and give as gifts. I think the process of being involved in creating something that they can give away is so valuable. Taking the time out of your day to create is an amazing thing.

I’m always interested in the fabric choices of my children and love to let them go in the fabric store to see what they like for their own projects. (Even when they end up with character fabrics! Ack!) My oldest picked this blue (though she calls it purple – Daddy’s favorite colour) cotton fabric. Then we aimed for the thread – matching purple of course!

Once at home, I admit, I did most of the work. I find that the kids tend to lose interest when things get tedious – or past 10 or so minutes of actual machine time. The youngest lasts a bit longer because she sits on my lap and pulls pins and presses the back-stitch button when I need her to. The oldest does like to run the camera though, and spent a lot of time setting up this shot of her toys with a “mountain” in the background.

Now, when their Daddy wears these pj’s my kids are proud that they helped to make them, it’s so fun to see! If you have time over the next 2 1/2 weeks, get your kids together and make something for their Daddy. Don’t make it fancy – just make it! Have fun!

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    May 31, 2013

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Janette permalink
    June 3, 2013

    I like the toys with mountain picture! :)

  3. Julie L permalink
    June 13, 2013

    I just found your blog b/c I was looking for shorts inspiration. I’m planning to sew my hubby some pj shorts too for Father’s Day. I have made kids pj pants, so thought I’d give it a try for my husband. Thanks for the idea to get the kids involved, although I think it will just have to be my older two (I have 4 and 1 more due in Oct). I don’t think I want 3 little boys to have free range of my sewing / craft room ;) Oh I’m Canadian too and will be looking at your list of online Canadian fabric stores- thanks for that!

    • June 13, 2013

      WOW! I think you are right ;) 3 boys in the sewing room might get a bit nuts! I’m sure the older one would have a great time though! I hope the online Canadian stores list helps you out. Let me know if you order from any of them and I’ll remove the “untested” notation from their listing.

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