Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Monique is here today to show us how letting go as a parent can at times open up a world of possibilities for our children…

My grandmother was an amazing quilter – hand stitched only – and my mother used to sew her own clothes.  She even made my wedding dress.  Their finished projects were always beautiful and professionally done with fine details.  I was amazed.  There didn’t seem to be anything they couldn’t create.  But me?  I could barely sew a button on.  I taught myself sewing skills as an adult and was determined for my children to learn this valuable life skill.  They are well on their way…

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

This, however, will not be about how to teach your children to sew.  There are many wonderful resources out there for that already, like here and here.  This is about the lessons learned along the way, lessons that both my children and I have learned.  Important life lessons.

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Once my children expressed an interest in sewing projects of their own design, I set out to teach them how to do it “correctly”.  I gave it my best shot but quickly realized that I needed to let go.  To step back and let them have at it.  They had already learned basic sewing skills and had their own vision and the desire to create.  Yet again, I found myself amazed.

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

Through bringing their ideas to life, they were practicing not just sewing skills but problem solving and creative thinking.  They were testing their hand-eye coordination, focusing intently, and sequencing the necessary steps.  They were learning through trial and error.  Their confidence was growing.  And when they complete their projects… oh, how the look of accomplishment and pride on their faces makes my heart swell!

Life Lessons Learned Through the Art of Sewing

So, yes, teach your children sewing skills.  It is a valuable tool!