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Learning to Sew for Kids Level 1 Review by Karyn Tripp

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Do your little ones want to learn to sew? I have a little girl who has just been begging for sewing lessons all year long. I had the wonderful privilege to review the DVD Pixie Candy’s Projects: Learn How to Sew for Kids, Level 1, by Kids Sewing. It has five beginning projects for kids learning to sew with a sewing machine, ages five and up. It is taught by designer, Katrina Marie and sells for $39.95.  

This movie is set up to teach beginners how to sew. Since it is on a DVD it can be used in a home or school setting. The projects are fun, simple, and things that your little ones will enjoy making. Each project teaches you how to make a pattern first, then gives simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through making it. You'll learn everything from making your pattern templates to marking, cutting, pinning, sewing, turning, clipping, ironing, stuffing, hand sewing, and finishing. The materials needed are outlined from the beginning, so you will be sure to be prepared ahead of time. Projects included on this DVD are: a Hair Bow, Neck Roll, Plush Pillow, Kitchen Apron and a Pretty Purse. The projects are meant to prepare your kids for the next level which includes five more fun projects.  

We have made several of the projects on the DVD already. My kids' favorite was the neck roll pillow. Even my son wanted to be a part of this project and enjoyed making it along with his sister. It was simple enough that my kids really could do most of it on their own. They didn't have any experience with sewing before beginning this DVD, so I had to help them with a lot of the actual sewing to help familiarize them with it. They loved choosing their fabric, measuring, marking and cutting their fabric on their own.

They worked so hard on these projects because it was something they were proud to accomplish. Sewing is a great skill for everyone to learn and I am glad I have found a fun way to help my kids learn the basics. 

We have been using it weekly as part of our school. It is the first thing my daughter chooses when I ask her what she wants to learn. I actually had to limit it to once a week!!  My daughter loves learning these projects and wants to keep learning from these fun DVD's. She has learned so much since we started learning to sew and I am happy with the confidence she is developing. I love the simplicity of it all. The materials are minimal and even things I already have on hand. The instructions are so easy to follow and clear- even for children. 

If you are looking for a way to teach your kids basic sewing, I definitely recommend looking into this set of instructional DVD's! Check out their website for more wonderful ideas, too. They have free lessons, e-mails with free tutorials, and even a sewing club for kids!

Product Review by Karyn Tripp, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2013