Life Skill: Sewing

SEW EASY Sewing Class for Kids, Teens, and Adults
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A confession of a homeschool mother:  I don’t know how to sew.  I remember learning some basic stitches when I was in high school.  We had to do the different kinds of stitches on a cloth (Was it basketweave? Wait, or was that for cross-stitch?) and submit it as a final project.  I can mend a small hole on a shirt or sew buttons, snaps, or hook and eye’s, but that’s just how far I can go with a thread and a needle!  So, when I found out from a fellow homeschool mom about this sewing class being offered in the south, I took note of it so we could include it in our activities for this schoolyear. Whether I would have the sewing class credited for their TLE (Technology and Livelihood Education) or not, I really think that as girls, Arielle and Kayla should know at least the basics of sewing.  For me, sewing is one of the life skills to learn in my checklist, a survival skill. You not only learn how to sew because there are other “hidden” but valuable lessons from it as well! 

Arielle and Kayla started last July 6 with Sew Easy and even before that day came, they were already sew so excited about it!  They’ve always enjoyed doing things with their hands and they already had ideas and plans on what they want to make as they eagerly talked about it in the car. Well, that’s their side of excitement!  Mine was when I met the owner and teacher of Sew Easy, Anne del Rosario, on that first day I accompanied the girls to their class.  It turns out that Anne was a homeschooler herself way back in the late 90’s when just a handful (or practically no one else) was probably doing it here in the Philippines, or at least in Manila.  She homeschooled her son back then who’s now at Mint College. You can already imagine the kind of getting-to-know-you we had (It’s always a different kind of warm, hyper feeling when homeschoolers meet, moms and kids alike 🙂 )  

Having a FUN (as described by the girls), friendly, accomodating, and a former homeschool mom (YES!) as a teacher, a classroom studio with bright, clean, and minimalist-inspired interiors, and  just four students in a class for a closely supervised instruction really make sewing SOOO SEW EASY! 😉  Their one-hour session every Saturday is just not enough, the girls say! 

Here are some shots I took of the girls in preparation for their class and while at work: 

Life Skill: Ironing

Kayla learning how to iron
her fabric at home

Life Skill: Ironing

Arielle’s turn to iron hers

 

Life Skill: Sewing

Ready to learn how to sew! 

Life Skill: Sewing

Photo Source: Anne del Rosario of Sew Easy

Life Skill: Sewing

Photo Source: Anne del Rosario of Sew Easy

Life Skill: Sewing

Photo Source: Anne del Rosario of Sew Easy

Life Skill: Sewing

Photo Source: Anne del Rosario of Sew Easy

 

 And their first project…

Life Skill: Sewing

First Sewing Creation:
Sewing Bag & Notions Bag

Life Skill: Sewing

Stamp of Workmanship!

 

Guess what?  After seeing their first completed project, I decided to join them myself!  I have to admit, I did feel envious that our girls know how to sew and actually made something themselves (The iron-on label got me! :D)  We three are now all classmates in sewing.  

LIfe Skill: Sewing

My first sewing project!

Life Skill:  Sewing

Inspiring quote
on my worktable

Life Skill: Sewing

My Stamp of Completion!

 

It’s my third time actually to be their classmate. The first was with Arielle in a blogging workshop, which was a worthwhile learning and awakening-of-some-sort experience for me (Two thumbs up!!!)  The second was in a craft rubber stamp making workshop, which was also so much fun to do! For this sewing class, Anne politely had to check with me (and the girls) if being together in a class would be alright since some kids tend to act differently when their mom is around.  Just to make sure, I asked Arielle and Kayla if it would be okay for me to join and be with them and Arielle nonchalantly replied, “We’re always like that anyway! 😀  (There goes my expressive, outgoing, and uninhibited teen! The exact words of description used by Anne herself 🙂 )

In our homeschooling, I don’t just teach, teach, teach. I learn and get refreshed as I teach lessons and topics. I have opportunities to again become a student myself, enjoy, and be an example of lifelong learning to our kids.   Oooops, and not to forget! To have a fun time with my tweenie-teens classmates 😉


10 Comments

  1. Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

    Wow! This is great!!!! Thank you so much for giving me the honor and pleasure of teaching all three of you something that I love to do. You guys are such a fun bunch. I am so blessed to be your teacher! God bless the 3G Girls!!!

    • racquel
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

      Thank you, T. Anne, for helping us discover what else we can do and bringing out more of the creativity and other skills in us! 🙂 We are also blessed to be your students! 😉

  2. Cheryl G.
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

    I love that you are learning alongside your daughters. This is a great life skill to have, your girls are blessed to have a discerning mama!

    • racquel
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

      Cheryl, we should meet your husband 😉

  3. Posted August 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    thanks for sharing. something i look forward to doing someday with my daughter 😀

    • racquel
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

      Try it, Chris! You might be surprised with your daughter’s reaction to it 🙂

  4. Posted October 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    This is such a great project for young ones. Sewing is one of the skills that generation now seem to take for granted.

    • racquel
      Posted October 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

      Yes, thank you! I do believe so, too.

  5. Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Nainggit ako! Now I want to learn how to sew, too! 😀 I’m currently browsing through their class scheds. Haha!
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    • racquel
      Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

      Kim, try it! I got hooked na rin and have been enrolled since August! 🙂

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