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I went to visit my family this week in VA, and of course there had to be craft time with my small siblings. What better thing to do than sew a stuffed animal with Isabela’s mini-sewing machine!
It’s no industrial serger, nor does it even come close to stitching zigzag or reverse stitches….but it gets the job done! It was actually trickier to figure out that my own machine! After getting to know it though, Isabela, Abuela and the rest of the crew (aka Juan Lorenzo) sat around the dinning room table learning step by step how to make a little bear.
Steps we took.
1. Isabela sketched out a simple drawing, including the fabric that she would use for the body, tummy, ears and face or her bear.
2. We drew a simple pattern for the bear and she cut it out and pinned it to the fabric. She cut the fabric and began to pin the pieces together.
3. We found some old clothes, y la Abuela helped us cut out pieces of scrap fabric to use as stuffing for the bear. We also heard stories of la Abuela’s first sewing machine, which was operated by foot, and later adapted to sew with a small motor inside. : )
Then the sewing began….
It got a little tricky at times, but Isabela got the hang of it pretty quickly.
4. Finally we found some nice smelling tea leaves to stuff in the bear to give it a nice smell, and she closed and hand-stitched the body and head together. Y listo!
Isabela made a bear, and Juan Lorenzo filled the cushion with pins and “sewed a tomato!”
If you mold kids minds, and teach them how to make their own toys, dolls clothes and whatever else their minds come up with, you will be surprised with what they can do! I was definitely impressed.
-Mensa a.k.a. “Memi”