23/10/2013 14:38 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Sewing With Children

I used to really love sewing but somehow I just haven't had time recently and my trusty sewing machine languished dustily in the garage. I finally got it serviced, only for someone to snap the bobbin holder off. Then I... tried to fix it...with superglue. Which dripped down into the workings. Bum.

Luckily I remembered a cheque my Nana had sent me for Christmas which I had tucked away and not banked, so I decided to treat myself to a sewing machine. My daughters Fran and Amelie were both keen to do some sewing too and it seemed a nice opportunity to actually do some making of things together. Although in the end a busy holiday and a broken foot slightly squashed our actual time for that, quite a bit of making did happen and I've got good plans for the next few months too.

Fran's sewing

Fran did a really nice job of a cushion as a first practice of sewing straight, turning corners and being reasonably accurate. Then she moved on to a drawstring bag (now being used for gym stuff so at least useful!) and did pretty well with that too. I need to find a good pattern for a lined bag. I'm never really happy. This was using up some old pieces of fat quarter she butchered years ago – scraps have been used up. Hurrah!

She's now working on a dress but we've stalled as we need interfacing and life has been a rush. I have a whole roll of it somewhere or other. Sigh.

Merry has been blogging for 10 years about life as a home educating, business owning, mother of six; her blog covers everything from crafts & education to exploring grief following the death of her baby son.

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