Learning How To Sew

Last week my daughter, twelve years old, asked me if I could teach her to sew. I really, really loved that question. We went to buy fabrics right away and started with the principles: pattern drawing and cutting fabric. After that we practiced a bit with the sewing machine. My daughter wanted to bring the new clothes to a sleep over party at her friend's house, to celebrate the end of the school year, so for now I did the rest and sewed all pieces together, but the next step will be for her to learn the actual sewing.

We made a tube top and two gym shorts.

For this top my daughter cut a rectangle of fabric, which I folded in two and stitched together at the bottom. After that I sewed a couple of tunnels and threaded elastic straps through the tunnels. Very simple, but just what my daughter wanted.

The shorts I made before, a couple of years ago. It's a free pattern by Purl Soho, for all ages. Not very difficult to make, so perfect if you want to learn sewing your own clothes.

Fabric: Cotton


The Neo Herringbone Bag, that I made last week, was featured by Sew Can Do and by The Answer is Chocolate!


  1. Well done at sticking at it and achieving something productive x #anythinggoes

  2. Good for you for teaching her early. She will remember these days. #HomeMattersParty

  3. What a great top and shorts! My girl never showed interest in either crocheting or sewing, and I would have loved if she did, but her interests are different than mine and I've come to peace with that :)


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