My sweetie picked out the fabric, ironed, pinned, cut and sewed until she had a finished pillowcase. I was there to guide her through the process and do the serging (moving knives and six-year-olds don't mix), but she truly did it all herself.
The first day of sewing was done at my table with the foot petal propped up on a small step stool. That worked well enough, but I quickly realized that she couldn't see the needle too well so the following day we set my machine up at our kid-sized table. Voilà! Guiding the fabric under the needle was much easier for her this way.
We used a simple pillowcase tutorial from Made, but did have to make a few changes due to mama-error. I quickly discovered that we didn't have enough fabric since she chose that cute kitty directional print and I forgot to add yardage. Oops! We ended up making the cuff about twice as wide as the pattern called for to compensate for the loss in yardage. In the end, I think it worked out just fine and I'm glad we took the extra time to do it right.
I loved seeing the look on her face when we slipped it over her pillow. She was bursting with pride at doing it all herself and has been dragging it around the house ever since. I can't even begin to describe the emotions I felt when she finished it. I'm simply amazed by the wonderful girl my daughter is becoming. And there's something so special – almost vital, even – about passing a true skill on to the next generation the way my mother and grandmother did to me.
Do you sew with your kids? I'd love to see what you've made together!