How To Keep The Kids Entertained This Summer (Part I)

School is out and summer vacation is here. What do you have planned to keep the children in your life entertained?  May we suggest the perfect idea to keep the kids busy? Have them sew!!!

When did you learn to sew? Chances are your mother or grandmother or maybe even an aunt took the time to share their sewing skills with you when you were younger. Why not do the same for the children in your life?  Help them to learn and perfect a skill that has brought you joy and can benefit them throughout their lives.

At Road this past January, we met several young people who have caught the sewing bug, thanks to their grandmothers:

Katie just finished the 4th grade at Stork Elementary in Alta Loma, CA. She started sewing when she was 3!!! Both her grandmothers sew – but not her mom. Her Grammy Barbara, who lives in Northern California, drives down to visit Katie and her family three times a year in her “quilt mobile” (the license plate reads: ♥2BQLTN). On her visits, Barbara brings batting, fabric, and her sewing machine so that she and Katie can sew. The first thing Katie ever made was a pillow. Since then, she has made more pillows plus placemats and pillow cases. Katie bought her first sewing machine during Road and is making a quilt to enter in Road’s kid’s contest next year. Katie says of her sewing, “I get to make different things and create. My favorite part is putting the material together.”Barbara and Katie

Amaia also just finished the 4th grade. She came to Road with her Grandma Christine from Riverside, CA. Grandma Christine taught Amaia how to sew 6 years ago. Amaia uses her grandmother’s machine and has made a little bag and a cushion. She got material at Road to make her first quilt for her Bitty Baby doll. Amaia and ChristineAli (age 10) and Sam (age 7) came to Road with their Gamma. They are from Mira Loma, CA. Ali has been attending Road since she was 4 months old with her mom and grandmother. She likes to sew doll clothes with her sister Sam and was starting on making a quilt. Because they are home schooled, they came to Road every day; they loved seeing the quilts that much!!_i4c3695_copy

KC Wilson (age 11) came with her grandmother Carollynn from Lakewood, CA. KC has already made 3 quilts!! This year was KC and Carollynn’s first time at Road. Said KC, “I liked it a lot!” KC first learned to sew last summer at a Kids Club sponsored by a local sewing shop in Lakewood. KC and Carolyn

Have you introduced your grandchildren to sewing and quilting yet?