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Children should learn to sew

Learning to sew is a valuable life skill. For children, learning to sew is more than just a thread and needle: it’s an opportunity to discover patience and creativity, develop math and fine motor skills, and

much more.

In our KidSpirit Sewing Academy, young sewists can choose the materials, designs, and the amount of fabric they need for their own creative sewing projects. This is great exposure to project planning, execution, and following it through to completion — skills necessary throughout life.

Sewing is also a way for children to discover eco-consciousness as they see what materials of their own go to waste, then practice reusing what they can. Additionally, sewing is a hands-on way to learn self-expression, possibly leading to a future career in fashion or textiles!

Sewing allows a child to slow down in a world full of technology and immediate gratification. It teaches them to enjoy the journey, dedication and commitment it takes to finish a project. When children

learn and practice patience, they are more likely to persevere through challenges in the future.

Sewing not only teaches children essential life skills like patience and creativity but also instills values such as eco-consciousness and self-expression, paving the way for their future success and resilience.


Brought to you by:

Karen Swanger is the Director of OSU KidSpirit Oregon 4-H

Youth Programs


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