Ella and I have embarked on a slightly more structured homeschooling journey this year. While I’ve always had a Waldorf-inspired home, with lots of song, outdoor time, natural materials, open ended creative play, and child involvement in homemaking, this year we’ve been making time to do more formal Waldorf “school” which usually involves circle time, a story, and crafting or handwork.
Last week, I came home from the library with Amy Karol’s book Bend the Rules Sewing, and flipped through the pages with Ella, who instantly wanted to create something. Napkins seemed like the easiest idea until I realized that the hem would provide a challenge to me (I am really quite new to sewing and don’t like anything smaller than a 1/2″ seam allowance!). So we decided to create a place mat together. Nothing is more fun to this five year old than to be let loose in mama’s fabric bin. She held up endless combinations of background and accent material, until we narrowed it down to a purple plaid and turquoise floral!
It was Ella’s first time using an iron, and she was somewhat hypnotized by the process. Over and over the fabric she would go, smoothing it out just so, and then flipping it over and doing it all over again. I cut the pieces to size, she ironed and ironed and ironed.
Piecing the place mat together was relatively simple, so she and I worked the sewing machine together, with her on my lap. After an hour or so, we had it finished!
It’s a tiny bit crooked, the seams are definitely not even, and heck, it’s not even centered! But we created it together, it looks beautiful on our table, and I didn’t even let my creative control freak side get the best of me!
What are your favorite crafts to do with kids?
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