Friday night we had a niece and nephew spend the night. They're brother and sister and, if left to their own devices, will fight like cats and dogs, so I knew we had to keep them entertained. (Usually we try to get them one at a time.)
For the nephew (10), video games are an easy way to keep him occupied. We have games he doesn't and the hubby enjoys playing, so they have fun hanging out together. Sometimes we even take him to the used game store and help choose a new game.
The niece...she's almost 7 and wants to do EVERYTHING you are doing. Last time she was over, she said she wanted me to teach her to sew "when she's older." So I started thinking about it and decided she was old enough to learn how to use the sewing machine - with LOTS of supervision. And what to make? Pillowcases seem easy enough, right?
So first we went to Wal-Mart for some inexpensive fabrics. I let her choose and boy was she fast. I figured we'd be there an hour or more with all the choices, but nope...10 minutes tops!
Her mom loves owls, so this fabric caught her eye. The pink camo peace signs (kind of at odds with each other, no?) was also her choice and then I suggested the yellow because she was haing some trouble with that last choice.
I wish I'd taken photos, but the owls are the main part of the pillowcases, the pink is the cuff and between the two is a little 1" accent piece of the yellow. They turned out very cute and even the hubby liked them! She was so proud of herself! I think the biggest excitement for her was when she suggested that maybe she could use them that night and I said sure...I think she expected I was going to make her put them up and save them.
But...she didn't actually sew them. I let her practice on a piece of muslin and every time the machine started sewing, she'd jump and pick up her foot. I think next time she'll do much better! So far as I know, she'd never even seen a sewing machine operate before.
When we were done, she wanted to start a quilt. It was 9:30 at night! Maybe next time...
And a little progress report on the UFO project:
This green looks so icky. It's much brighter in person. The purple petals are all sewn (all 40 of them!) and I just finished prepping and pinning the 14 circles. I wish this was the end of this project, but I still have to sew those LOOOOONG seams to put the whole top together. I still have a good portion of the month, though, so I expect to get it done. But I can tell you for sure that if this wasn't part of the challenge, it would probably have ended up back in the UFO pile!