As I cleaned out the spare room last week, setting up Violet's side of the room, tidying my sewing corner which becomes quite messy by the time I finish a project, I realised that we had a spare corner where the computer used to sit. So I moved all of Julia's sewing and writing materials into the dresser, because her growing collection had definitely outgrown her little space in the bedroom. I know myself how much better I work, how much more enjoyable and quicker the process is, when I have a defined, organized space to work in.
So now her sewing books have a (Luca made) toolbox to contain them, her sewing and fabric boxes have their own space, her writing set is free from little hands, and she has a drawer to keep all those odds and ends. There is also space to set up her sewing machine one day. We finished it off with Zara's pretty bunting.
Most afternoons you will find Julia at some time or other sitting at her desk working or designing or reading about little projects. Her weekly sewing class is teaching her the finer details of sewing, but at home she takes a looser, more creative approach. I love how she just gets into a project and has a go.
It seems the new little sewing corner has been churning out quite a few practical projects lately. A cards holder for her brother and his magic tricks, a felt ornament for the tree and a handbag of her own.
Julia's favourite sewing books :
Sewing School : 21 Projects Kids will Love to Make
Stitch By Stitch
Simple Softies for the Whole Family
Sweet and Simple Sewing
Beginners Guide to Sewing and Knitting (an old out of print copy by Helen Allen)
I must say it is one of my favourite moments of the day when we happen to be working on different projects side by side. We ask each other what we are making. We have little discussions, talk about plans and ideas. I'm having fun sharing our sewing space.