Oh, it isn't really that chaotic but I do love this graphic so thought what the heck, add it to my post!
Our second session of M.A.D Kids is under way and our dance card is full! We have 15 children in each session (under sixes and seven to ten year olds) and a waiting list for the next session. We have had such good feedback from both the parents and the children and it is great to see that sewing for kids is about expressing creativity as well as learning a skill - and liking it!
The one that you see here is made from all reused/up cycled materials – the bag had a previous life as a carrier of groceries, and the embellishments are all items either used last session by the older children or were items that have been put in our "this might come in handy at a later date but not sure for what" box. And if they really want to add to their collection, the notebook that they made last session fits nicely inside it…..maybe next time we can sew a few pencils to complete the set!
Most of the older children were in the first session so are now developing a skills base and are confident enough to sew alone on the machine so we thought it would be worth them learning a bit about patterns and then use this information to create an apron. We thought it would be easier for the kids to understand how a patten is a necessary part of the creating process if we actually showed them how a pattern is made. We cut out a body for the apron using this wonderful stuff used in the States called Reynolds Freezer Paper - yup, that is right Freezer Paper (we use it to wrap food in when it is placed in the freezer – hence the name). The top part of the paper is matte so it allows you to draw on it as if it were regular paper but the underside has a shiny, plastic coating so you can run a moderately warm iron on the top of paper (as it placed on material) and it "sticks" to the material, making it really easy to cut out the pattern as it is sticking in place. And when you peel it off, no residue and you can use it again and again! So at the end of the session, all of the kids had cut out the body of the apron and started work on their other side project, a pin cushion -their idea, not mine! So as you can see, we will be busy for the next six weeks and the kids enthusiasm to get stuck in is infectious.