Safety First For Young Creatives

Maewyn Bridgepost

Many people ask if my sewing patterns are good for kids. The answer is a resounding YES! But when sewing with kids we must also take safety into consideration. Cassandra Pollock, enthusiastic freelance writer, mom, and sewing aficianado, was invited to do a guest post on just this subject.

 

Safety First For Young Creatives

Creative skills are something that all parents should teach their kids. They impart the wisdom of patience, a steady hand, using your imagination and more with every day. Even as we live in the midst of the information age, technology and creative crafting skills are combining to make sure that kids can pair their wonderful digital tech with time-honored hobbies and skills.

Sewing, of course, makes up one of those creative skills. Whether through embroidery or new creations, machine work or hand made manual sewing skills, kids can make wondrous creations and induce themselves into the fantasy world. Key to making the whole experience fun, though, is safety.

Your Tools of the Trade

Key to any good sewing operation is a good set of tools of the trade. Make sure you buy quality – this includes making sure your equipment is made from good, solid metal, as some products use unsuitable soft metals from overseas that are liable to breakage and snapping, which can be dangerous. There’s also the question of manual versus automated. If the child wants to embroider with a machine, for example,opt for a good-quality embroidery machine with the correct safeguards.

Bear in mind the right type of scissors, too. Children of a certain age should use safety scissors and only ‘graduate’ to adult types when the time is right!

Teach Best Practice

Much sewing and embroidery safety comes from the techniques used. When you’re teaching or supervising, always make sure a thimble is in use when required. Ensure that use of the seam cutter is away and up from the hand and body, to prevent any slips and cuts. Rotary cutters are a common source of injury, so ensure they are locked and away when not in use, to make everyone aware of exactly where they can find them and so they don’t have a nasty accident. When it comes to ironing fabric, make sure the right type of iron is in use and on the correct setting to prevent accidents and damage.

Slow Down and Enjoy it

Of course, the best tools and best practice become secondary when you don’t concentrate. And who doesn’t want to concentrate? By really paying attention and enjoying the process of sewing and embroidering, you and the kids you’re sewing with can get involved with the project and really instill some love into it. This will really help to develop the world and stories you’re creating with your fabric creations.

Sewing is about love, imagination, and manual skills. All of which are great elements for any kid to benefit from in their life. However, it can be tricky and dangerous, with lots of sharp and hot objects creating risk. Slow down, heed these guidelines, and love your sewing experience.

Here are a couple of patterns you might want to try with your favorite little sewer! (click on the photo to learn more!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New sewing patterns available, dogs and hedgehogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finnian and O’Malley are two posable pups just waiting for someone to play with. They stand at 4-1/4″ high and are 5″ long (excluding their tail). They are made from wool felt with a figurecord skeleton which gives them so many posing possibilities!

My patterns are written clearly in English and illustrated with photographs or drawings to help you along your creative process. You can see page examples above. This pattern comes with directions and pattern pieces for: dog, dog coat, dog bed, bow tie collar, regular collar. This pattern works best for intermediate sewers and sewing by hand.

Pattern pieces are exact size–no need to enlarge. Pattern is delivered as a PDF file, directly from me. I give you a comprehensive list of suppliers, however, I also sell kits in four colorways: Poodle white, Hound brown, Irish Setter Red, and Wolfhound gray. Want a kit? See the listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/571999580/hand-sewing-kits-for-finnian-and-omalley?ref=shop_home_active_1

Have wool felt and just need the figure cord and linen binding? Find that here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/585897443/5mm-figure-cord-for-making-posable-dolls?ref=shop_home_active_1

Spike is one of the main character’s in my new picture book, Ducky’s New Ball. This is a PDF sewing pattern to make your own character!

Spike is made from a bendy doll base, wool felt, cotton knit, and mohair. I have given you a list of my favorite suppliers, but most of these items can be bought from any Waldorf doll supplier.

Spikes stands at 4-1/2″ tall and is bendy and moveable. My patterns are written clearly in English and illustrated with photographs or drawings to help you along your creative process. You can see page examples above.

Pattern pieces are exact size–no need to enlarge. Pattern is delivered as a PDF file, directly from me.

Don’t miss the pattern for Ducky! She can be found on the pattern page here. And why not grab an autographed copy of the book to share with your favorite little ones? You can order the book on this page or on Amazon or ask your favorite local bookstore to order it!

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Finnian & O’Malley, new sewing pattern sneak peek

 

If you follow my Face Book page you might’ve seen these two cute little guys popping up. Finnian and O’Malley are completely poseable, and way easier to make than you might think! Get your hand sewing supplies ready!

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New year, new updates

Happy new year fellow creatives!

As part of my New Year resolutions I’m am going to update all of the older Dragon Charmer patterns. Some of the older patterns just don’t want to print correctly without a lot of messing around with print settings, etc. I’m not sure if it’s new technology, or problems with the files, or just that I was still learning when I created the patterns, but no matter, pattern updates are on the way!

My goal is to update one pattern every two weeks. Between working a 40 hour job, costuming for the local theatre, and general housekeeping duties, I think  two patterns a month are doable. To start, I updated the Troll Tot pattern. You can find the updated version on the faerie creatures sewing pattern page.

I also have some new patterns and projects in the works and I’d love to bring back Maker Monday. If you made dolls from my patterns in the last year, I’d love to have you send me photos and a little bit about yourself to feature. Please send it through my contact page!

Happy Creating!

 

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Awesome news about Ducky & Spike

The printer I use for my books has added the size and layout that I needed for Ducky’s New Ball. This means that I no longer have to get them printed in a different country and order 500 copies to make it affordable (which also means that I no longer need a successful Kickstarter Campaign to move forward!) So, pre-orders are back up and I’m going to be able to ship copies for Christmas delivery. If you are local, I will deliver the books in person.  Contact me if you want to be put on a special update list for shipping date of the books. Thank you all for your support. I’m so grateful to have friends like you.

You can pre-order the book below using the buy now button.


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Have you supported Ducky & Spike yet?

Word of mouth is key to funding Ducky & Spike’s new book. Please help me spread the word!

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Drumroll please… Ducky’s Kickstarter is live!

Please help Ducky and Spike spread the word about their new story. The Kickstarter is live now. We have 30 days to raise enough money for the book to become a printed reality. And, it’s the only way you can get your hands on the sewing pattern for Spike!

Want to learn more? Visit the Kickstarter page.

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1…2…3… Kickstart! Ducky and Spike is going live this week!

Want a sneak peek at the Kickstarter video! Just click the link below.

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Did you know? Hand sew your favorite creatures

Many of your favorite Dragon Charmer dragon sewing patterns can be hand sewn from felt. Take a peek at the beautiful hand sewing Atelier Anke has done!

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