We know the benefits of sewing. It calms our minds and gives our hands something tactile to work on. There are also lots of skills at work when we sew, and children are learning them all too …
- Maths (measuring using both inches and centimetres)
- Hand–eye coordination (using pins can be tricky for little hands)
- Reading (following pattern instructions)
- Listening (and remembering what step comes next in the process)
- Problem solving (what if their work doesn’t quite match up, or needs to be unpicked and re-sewn)
… and of course creativity!
Some of the projects we complete are based on a rigid set of instructions that the children have to follow in order for their garment to be made, and for others we really want them to stretch their imagination and have lots of freedom to create their own item, like our recently completed Recycled Denim Project.
Our classes are open to children aged 9 and up. In order for children to join our termly classes they must first complete an introductory lesson. They can then book on one of are courses. These courses run on a Monday and there is a choice of two after school sessions. Classes are booked on a first come first served basis and run in 5-week blocks. Each 5-week block is project- based, so your child can choose the block depending on the project they fancy doing!