During the last school holidays, my daughter presented me with an idea. ‘She said to me Mommy, how about if I started sewing my own clothes, you wouldn’t have the buy any clothes for me and we could save a of money.’
Of course, being me I was very intrigued with this idea, not because i could save money but because it seemed to me my 9-year-old was more than ready to try on more challenging forms of crafting. Sewing is not easy..firstly because if you all thumbs like me, it takes ages but also because it requires a lot of concentration and detail to work.
But I didn’t deter her. Instead we went to our nearest Kamdar where we found a bin with scraps. It was a bin with a hodge-podge of colourful fabrics, some silks , some cotton and some polyester of varying yard lengths until finally she found the one that inspired her. A metre of dark blue ombre dotted with black polka’s cost us RM 0.90. Yes, parents it really doesn’t cost a lot to encourage your child’s creativity. If you have an idea in mind and know where to look, Creative Activities are a better and more fun way to spend an afternoon.
What you need to make a skirt
- Metre of cloth
- A reasonable length of elastic waistband ( bought mine for RM 1)
- Sharp scissor to cut cloth ( parents should use their discretion as to whether the child is ready to use scissors by themselves)
- Spool of thread.
- Lots of creativity 🙂
I can be the kind of mother who is toooooo overprotective, really there’s an argument for and against it. However, as I grow as a mother I have learned that there are times when you have to let your children experience new things by themselves and in that way they grow.
Initially I was apprehensive about her using big scissors and sharp needles… with a million and one things running thru my mind, What if she pricks herself ?, what if she cuts her finger? … but those are all what if’s and as long as you are prepared to be near and watch and offer gentle advice when necessary, children are so much more capable than we give them credit for.
Other than acquiring a hip new handmade skirt , my daughter acquired a wealth of knowledge. She learned perseverance and tenacity, when she was tired and on the verge of giving up. She learned to be patient and detailed so that her stitches could be neater. And she learned that if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything you want.
So what did I learn.. I learned that a child’s creativity is innate, and if you let it blossom, it will flourish and grow and equip a child with skills that will last a lifetime. On that note I bid you adieu and happy crafting.