It is a beautiful thing to see a group of girls gathered around a table with needles and thread, designing and sewing their own clothing!
I very much enjoyed hosting my daughter's nine year old sewing birthday yesterday.
She and her friends enjoyed sewing decorations onto their pre-made skirts.
The table was covered with butcher block paper (with a large "Sew Fun" written on it) and spread with buttons and ribbons. These same buttons were later put into our homemade sewing kit jars.
Our snacks table had a table runner stitched by the oldest on the sewing machine.
Chicken Caesar sandwiches
Crackers and cheese
The cake was not exactly what I had in mind--but I decided not to overdo and just order one from a grocery store. It tasted yummy and it suited just fine.
For our last project, the girls helped me clean the needles and thread and buttons off the table by putting into their sewing jars. They sewed two round pieces of fabric together (right sides out so that there's a nice little edge of fabric to catch in the top of the jar) and stuffed them with cotton balls. The jar is your kit and the top is your pin cushion.
Even our wreath on the front door got a little sewing decoration.
Smart Ideas for a Sewing Party:
1. Use embroidery needles for small hands.
2. Thread all the needles first. When the girls used up their thread, they handed in their needle to my mom and she swapped it for another needle that was already threaded.
3. Leave plenty of time for creativity. We never made it to our layered felt flowers because the girls had so much fun decorating their skirts. It was no problem, we just sent the hats and the felt flowers home with the girls for a take-home project.
4. Have other sewing projects for younger sisters. There were a few younger girls at the party who had a great time choosing buttons to stitch onto felt flower. Although I didn't have skirts for them, they got to participate and enjoyed sewing.
5. Listen to your guests. We knew it was time for the food when one of the girls asked for the third time, "When do we get to have cake?" She was being funny about it, but I realized she was probably expressing what the other girls were thinking. We finished up the skirts quickly and moved on to the food!
6. Keep it simple and have fun!