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.
I love that Julia has her own sewing nook. I, too, love having a space dedicated to craft and creativity. Julia's bag and Christmas ornament are fantastic. Well done Julie. She is lucky to have a crafty mum to share these joys with. :)ReplyDelete
That is the cutest little sewing nook and a brilliant idea to encourage creativeness Tania.ReplyDelete
I love that the two of you share a hobby. Tegan actually asked me yesterday to teach her how to sew properly on the machine over summer, I am tickled pink and can't wait to get started.
That is just lovely. I must admit I always have a wee smile on my face when I hear the whizz of Bell's sewing machine. She has set up her own sewing space in her room and when we go op shopping she always heads straight to the material stash. Have a great week Tania. xReplyDelete
Oh so delightful! Just bliss. xxReplyDelete
That is so sweet xoReplyDelete
Beautiful! My four year old has just leant to blanket stitch and I love all the cute little wonky christmas decorations, purses and things that she has been creating. So sweet, brings a tear to my eye! I will check out those books too!ReplyDelete
I've been looking for some suitable kids sewing books - thanks for the list. I'm about to teach Master Ten how to cross stitch!!ReplyDelete
It's such a wonderful idea to create a special space just for Julia it looks like she's enjoying her new place creating up a storm. You must be proud seeing her creating and a sewing up her own creations. Love her Luca made tool box too. xxReplyDelete
what crafty 2 ladies you are and well done to Julia for the beautiful things she has made and to you for providing her with the space and tools/books to encourage her. And to Luca for his tool box :)ReplyDelete
oh my goodness, seeing her work is just the sweetest! xReplyDelete
How lovely for you and your girl. Great Chrissy ornament too.ReplyDelete
What a lovely space for her to work in and I love hearing about you creating side by side. I can't wait to do that with my girl. My son just pulled his toy sewing machine out yesterday, maybe I need to get him hand sewing first though. mel xReplyDelete
How wonderful! Julia is so lucky to have a lovely spot that is all hers.ReplyDelete
Oh Tania, this is perfect!!! What more could a creative mumma dream of than creating next her daughter! I love her space, so filled with imagination! I love when my daughter sits with me in my small sewing space, and when she is bigger I see her doing just as your daughter does!! blissReplyDelete
I just love that Julia attends sewing lessons and now has her own little creative space! What a wonderful Mummy you are for providing these opportunities Tania.ReplyDelete
Thankyou also for the project links...my teen loves making things for her twin sisters!
Such a sweet little sewing space. My daughter spends hours stitching, I do love it.ReplyDelete
It's a wonderful gift you've given her. Being her role model and giving her the opportunity and encouragement to sew will stand her in good stead all her life.ReplyDelete
This is just so heart-warming. I'm so happy to see such a young aspiring seamstress and I love that she just goes for it. Her projects are so great!ReplyDelete
Loved this post! Love your blog in general... only discovered it last week! :)ReplyDelete
What a perfect little space and I totally agree, sitting side by side with my Munchkin while we create is heaven sent :)ReplyDelete
Gosh, this is so beautiful. I don't know why this post touched me so much, but it was just so beautiful. What a creative little girl you have. The card pouch and the ornament are just too adorable for words! So, so beautiful.ReplyDelete
beautiful Tania. Lucky girl for having a mama that has nurtured this special sewing corner for her. I hope she continues loving the creating and making.ReplyDelete
(and had a chuckle at the rubber band on the handles...keeping sticky little fingers out? :-)
Just adorable! Everything about it... I'm not sure I mentioned this before but I too have a little Violet of my own. Not such a common name but I love it!ReplyDelete
My daughter and I have been doing a little sewing together in the past 2 weeks!ReplyDelete
I agree that it is so special sitting side by side engrossed in a sewing project.