Sewing Has it All

by Jan Larson of Sewing and Such

Do you need a new way to show how fractions are used “in real life”?

How about a lesson on following directions?

Or maybe just a creative outlet for busy hands and wandering minds?

Sewing can do ALL THAT and more.

The lost art of sewing and other needlecrafts is making a comeback. As parents and home educators we can climb on board with purpose (and a splash of fun). Moving beyond academics to personal independence in day to day life, skills such as sewing and other needlecrafts (crocheting, knitting, and embroidery), cooking, car maintenance, and the like will never be obsolete.

Sewing is a great place for students to start applying their academic knowledge in reading, math, and critical thinking / problem solving in a constructive, creative and fun way. Using developmentally appropriate lessons and projects can enhance and giving more meaning to:

  • Reading
  • Following Directions
  • Measurements
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Creativity / Imagination
  • Art / Colors / Patterns / Textures

Along with sewing to create something new, mending is a skill that is economical. Not only can you save money by repairing minor (and major) rips and tears, lost buttons, and broken zippers but mending, sewing and tailoring are great job skills. From working independently (lessons or actually doing custom sewing / tailoring for others) to working in entertainment such as costuming for theatres or local amusements parks, this skill is a basic for many successful businesses throughout the world. Truly, it is only limited by your own imagination.

My personal passion right now is creating something new from something old by upcycling or repurposing everything I can get my hands on. How about taking an old t-shirt and making it into a skirt or cut it up and stretch it into a new belt or necklace? You know the tablecloth you loved but it has a stain? It can be napkins, place mats or a new apron. Some projects have turned out to be duds but it was fun learning what works and what doesn’t and applying the age old adage – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”.

As we plan for our new school year, I encourage all of you to add a “life skill” in the mix.

If you would like more information about how to add sewing into your curriculum or daily life, there are numerous resources online. Google is your friend. If your Google search overwhelms you, send your questions to me – .

Jan Larson is Founder /Instructor of “Sewing And Such”, a local home based business teaching sewing and other handcrafts to a new generation. Jan has been homeschooling for 13 years and loving every day…even the frustrating ones.


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