I've had sewing workshops with the older kids in the past (ages 10 and up), but due to much wailing and gnashing of teeth from a very very interested younger crowd, I decided to do a sewing class for slightly younger kids this fall. And so Sewing School, a monthly sewing program, was born.
For the first session, I wanted to get them familiar with the basics of sewing before we started our projects.
Everyone had a piece of flannel with a needle in it to begin with. I taught them how to thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the yarn. Then we practiced a simply running stitch on the flannel.
Once they were comfortable with that, we moved on to the projects: pillows with buttons and lace.
First, they picked their fabric, the lace they wanted, and the buttons (if they wanted buttons). They cut the fabric to size using sheets of cardboard that were approximately 9x12.
Then they used the running stitch to attach the ribbon/lace to their pieces.
Finally, they placed the pieces right-side-to-right-side and sewed them together.
Then stuffing and closing and TA DA! Pillows!
The kids were very proud of their pillows, though, and excited to be involved.