I was partly inspired to write this post after seeing the following tweet this morning:
I've actually been really excited hearing on Twitter about all of the children that have been watching the Great British Sewing Bee and seeing pictures on their efforts.
The very lovely and helpful Maris has been blogging about the children she teaches to sew.
A local shop to me, Make & Do, runs after school and Saturday morning classes for kids and they are always full. They also do drop in activities for any age of child.
My daughter (who is 4) absolutely loves anything arty - she's a bit young for full on knitting or sewing yet, but she constantly makes cards and jewellery ("Yes, I'll definitely wear the pasta bracelet to work darling"), drawing, stamping, printing on fabric. She reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger - I had a toy sewing machine, did lace making, macrame (how 1970s!), quilling, making stockings out of felt, clothes for dools, peg dolls, as well as knitting from the age of 7.
I love the fact that kids are getting more involved in crafts! Using their creativity can only be a good thing!
So I was excited to see a copy of RubyLoves magazine in a newsagent yesterday and snapped it up for N.
a canvas tote bag to decorate with fabric and buttons to make yoyos (N spent an hour with my button box and ribbons designing this!)
cookie lollipops (cutter and sticks included)
a felt kitten keyring (everything included)
cards to make (stamp and inkpad plus patterned paper to cut out of mag)
a ring with a clear stone to customise (all included apart from the nail polish it suggests you decorate the stone with)
wooden pegs to decorate (all included except card)
I found it in WH Smith or you can subscribe online here.