Do you know someone who would like to learn to sew? Are you teaching yourself, or your child, or a grandchild how to sew?
We think you will love sewing house blocks with Inklingo Combo Layouts, whether you are young, or just young at heart.
We use Combos to print several shapes on one fabric at the same time.
Using the computer and a sewing machine adds some serious glamor for a child.
1. Print the shapes on 3 scraps of fabric with your ordinary Inkjet printer, and cut the shapes apart.
Thanks to the lines printed on the fabric, a child who is too young to learn how to use a rotary cutter can use scissors, and be more independent.
2. Use the Inklingo Puzzle Page to lay all the pieces out in order.
Puzzles are fun, and this one can be used to introduce the idea of seam allowances, sewing right sides together, straight grain, etc.
3. Sew the Sky, Walls, Roof, and Door into 4 rows.
The 4 rows are all different, but the Puzzle Page keeps everything in order.
4. Sew the Windows and join all the rows together.
Inklingo pieces are perfect, and it is so easy to sew along a line that you probably won’t even need to pin.
5. Get out your box of trims and buttons.
Throw the rules out the window.
A sequin makes a good door knob. Do you think Froggy’s House needs curtains? Maybe some green rickrack?
WHAT YOU NEED
If you have scraps of fabric, some freezer paper, buttons, and trim, you are ready to go!
Everything else is included in the Inklingo School House Shape Collection, and since it is a download, you can have it in the next few minutes.
- all of the shapes in 3 combo layouts for sky, roof, walls to print on scraps of fabric
- the puzzle page
- sewing instructions
- tips for sewing with kids
- ideas for decorating your school houses
- ways to turn school houses into other kinds of houses
- ways to use more than 3 fabrics
- ideas for using blocks in a quilt
TIPS FOR SEWING WITH KIDS
Kristi of Chicken Soup Designs provides a “driver’s license” to young children who learn sewing by machine. She knows how to make “going to school” more fun.
The School House Shape Collection includes tips for sewing with kids from other designers and teachers too.
My recommendation for very young children is to do it one-on-one, so you can focus on the enjoyment of sewing and creating. You have a chance to turn someone on to a life-long pleasure, especially if the message received is about creativity, confidence, and independence. Our standards of perfection may be different, but if the pleasure is in the process, the technical info (straight grain, etc.) will be absorbed too.
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Don’t you think this is a great way to learn to sew?
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.