Sunday, May 13, 2012

Make ribbon headbands / Thoughts on sewing

I think that sewing skills are essential for girls and boys. It isn't just about 'homemaking'.... its about being frugal, practical, and self-sufficient. For example, you're going to look pretty sloppy if you don't know how to sew on a button or fix a droopy hem. Buying a new shirt or paying someone to hem your pants isn't always an option, especially for college students, newlyweds, or missionaries who are all living on limited funds.

Of course, it goes beyond doing repairs. If you can make your own skirts you have a lot more wardrobe options (and can control the length). And there are so many other uses for basic sewing skills - like making gifts (pajama pants, church bags/purses, pillowcases, etc).

The thing is, people start to panic when you say you want them to learn to sew.  I started to learn this years ago when I was in our Ward's Relief Society Presidency. The Stake Presidency wanted the sisters to learn practical homemaking skills, but if we mentioned the word 'sewing', people started running the other direction. It just seems very difficult, complex, and old-fashioned to many people. And this was my experience with adult women, not teenage girls.

I had a feeling that most of our young women would not be interested in learning to sew. And when we had them fill out an 'interest' survey... my suspicions were confirmed.

So, I was thinking about how to sneakily introduce them to sewing without making a big deal about it and sending them running. I want them to see that it doesn't have to be difficult, and it can be fun.

I came across a website (click on link below photos) that has instructions for making your own headbands using a piece of ribbon, a piece of elastic, and a needle & thread. So, its hand-sewing (less intimidating than a machine, for sure) and simple enough for a beginner to make:

For complete instructions (and also a video with instructions), click here

Purpose: Teach beginning sewing skills and frugality

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