Sofie sews!

March 8, 2012

It’s no secret to anyone around here that my girls are LOVING this time we’re living with my parents. There’s always extra laps to sit in, extra arms to snuggle in, and lots of extra kisses. But Sofie recently discovered another plus to life at Grammy and Granddad’s. Sewing.

Last week she asked to see what Grammy was doing so Mom picked her up and Sof excitedly sat in her lap. Mom was making a miniature doll quilt and Sofie absolutely adored guiding the tiny pieces through the machine with her fingers.



It was only a matter of time before she caught the bug, so I wasn’t surprised that she liked it. But what truly shocked me was when she kept asking Mom over and over again to do it more. So Mom pulled out the little Hello Kitty sewing machine she’d picked up at a quilt show years ago, cut a few little squares from some flannel and taught Sofie the basics.

She’s become quite the pro! She knows how to raise and lower the foot when she starts and stops.


And she always turns the wheel to leave her needle in the up position.


We were both completely certain that her interest would fade quickly. The first day they sewed all the squares together in groups of two. Sofie then bugged Grammy for 2 days until we had a chance to “snow” (as Sof calls it) again and they put the put the squares into groups of 4. She waited anxiously for her next turn to sew and talked about it to anyone who would listen, including the men that were here for 3 days replacing the AC unit!

The last day they pieced all the squares together into 1 little quilt top Sofie’s going to use as a blanket for her beloved Curious George. I couldn’t help but snap a million pictures of her sewing all by herself! It’s not every day that a 3 year old wants to make a quilt and actually does all the sewing alone!

She concentrated so hard on what she was doing.


Each time she got done with a seam she opened the project and squealed with delight. She was so proud of herself for sewing.


Once the top was totally pieced she was sad the project was over (her part, anyway!) and was asking to do it again. We need to back the little blanket before George starts using it and she’s dying to get it done.



Who knows what the future holds for Sofie and sewing, but for now Mom and I are totally eating up her enthusiasm! If she truly loves it and continues it, she’ll be the 5th generation of sewing women in my family and she too can sew like her Mom!

38 Responses to “Sofie sews!”

  1. Jenni said:

    such cute pictures! I love that your daughter is sewing so well already … maybe I should be brave enough to let my 5 year old try too. πŸ˜‰

  2. Maria said:

    Hi, i am so happy with i saw.
    She have a wonderful mains, and she is a lovely child.
    Congratulations and kiss

  3. Pippa said:

    Oh how cute. and lucky for you to have a little one that shares your enthusiasm.
    I don’t know how old I was when I learned to sew, I just always have. Although I think I was older than 3!

  4. Elise said:

    That is AMAZING! My 9-year-old has had a few tries and liked it, but I don’t think he’d be able to make such a tidy piece of patchwork, and he’s so much older than Sofie!

  5. Paula said:

    Adorable! Memories like these will last a lifetime!

  6. Cynthia T. said:

    What a wonderful post! The picture of your beautiful mother and daughter at the sewing machine is just so beautiful. You can just see the delight in Sophie’s face. What a great idea to snap a picture of those little toes on the foot pedal. You can practically hear her squealing in the picture as she opens the fabric to reveal the square.

    Thanks so much for sharing! What a great way to start the day.

  7. Diane said:

    Those photos are soooo adorable! What wonderful memories they are making that remind us all of the precious bonds between grandmothers, mothers, & daughters. Thanks for posting–made my day : )

  8. Carol said:

    Oh my gosh, how cute is that. Only 3 and sewing. She’ll be sewing like her Mom and Gramma in no time. Cute pictures, especially loved the one with her feet on the foot petal.

  9. Jen said:

    How awesome that Sofie loves to sew! It’s something that the two if you can do together for years to come πŸ™‚

  10. Wendy said:

    Cute post! And was just starting to look around for a good small sewing machine for my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Nana said:

    I am so thrilled to be a part of those generations of sewing. Although I haven’t sewn for quite a few years , I did sew a lot at one time.

  12. joyfulT said:

    This is so stinkin’ cute! I remember being five-ish and dying to use my grandmother’s sewing machine. She made me learn to sew by hand first, and the pillows we made that week are now in my son’s nursery.

  13. Lizzie said:

    Beyond adorable. THE FEET ON THE PETAL! Love it!

  14. Lizzie said:

    Or pedal…I hate typos.

  15. SundaysChild said:

    What an awesome collage these photos would make! I love love love the one with her toes pressing down on the pedal .. and the look on her face that she “did it!”. Wonderful pix, thanks for sharing them with us.
    Julie Andrea

  16. Lori said:

    Shes so excited! Great job! Love the feet pic too!

  17. April @ sewing novice said:

    That is the cutest thing ever!!! I can’t wait until my daughter wants to sew! At almost 3 she likes the fabric and zippers and snaps, etc.

  18. NellyKelly said:

    Thank you so much for sharing… It made my day to watch your little angel catching the sewing bug. The concentration and then elation on that little face were absolutely priceless!

  19. Kelly said:

    This is just precious!

  20. Norma said:

    What an inspiring post. It reminded me of the days my grandma taught me how to sew. And your daughter is so cute. One can almost “see” her toughts and enthusiasm on the photos. I started following your blog recently after deciding to go back to sewing after some years. I mainly do polymer clay but sewing has always have a special meaning.

  21. Kathleen said:

    This is the sweetest set of pictures! I just love those painted tootsies pressing the pedal!

  22. LeAnne said:

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen! My GD is 18 months old and wants to touch all the buttons & dials on my sewing machine. After seeing this, I think I will start her early!!! Your daughter certainly has caught the bug and I am amazed at how well she sews!!! Amazing!

  23. Kim said:

    Thank you for sharing! I have been thinking about buying my daughter (4) a sewing machine, but have been scared to because the ages say 8 and up. When I am sewing she loves to “help”, or put pins in the fabric.

    I love the pictures of her sewing, she looks like she is having so much fun!

  24. abby @ thingsforboys said:

    oh that is just too cute! I would have died for a little sewing machine like that when I was a kid.

  25. Kary said:

    She is adorable! Really nice pictures! She make me smile only with see those pictures!

  26. Gina said:

    This is just the sweetest thing! Looks like she’s caught the bug πŸ™‚

  27. Susie said:

    My mom sews (I do not) and got my 4 1/2 year old a kids sewing machine for Christmas. It was a kids one so only did a chain stitch and they all came out. In addition it took batteries that were dead very quickly. I looked into a bigger kids sewing machine and the next level all were for older kids and didn’t have a finger guard. Are you concerned at all? Do you make your own finger guard – if possible? Just curious, because I would love to get the one you have but am worried she might sew her finger?


  28. Janet said:

    I love it! Kids discovering the world and their potential at its best!!! I’m so glad you let her do it on her own! Look at how cool!!!

  29. Taylor said:

    Oh my goodness, that is so cute! And little Sofie can sew a straighter line then what I could when I first started – and I was 18!

  30. Pamela said:

    Can you tell me what machine that is that Sofie is using? I would like to get my daughter Sophia a machine too, but they all have such poor ratings and from what I understood most of them have so many safety features that you cant even really “sew” and it isnt even fun! It is probably more fun if she just uses mine!

  31. Melissa said:

    Hi Pamela! If you scroll up near the top of the post you’ll see a link to the sewing machine on Target’s website. It’s the Hello Kitty version made by Janome. It gets great reviews and a lot of people use it for their children since most kids machines are poor quality. Happy sewing to your Sophia!

  32. Sunshine said:

    This is so wonderful! My mom let me sew a littler star-shaped cushion when I was a child and I can totally understand her enthusiasm!
    And out of nowhere I actually started to cry when I read your sentence: “she’ll be the 5th generation of sewing women in my family and she too can sew like her Mom!”

    This is SO heartwarming…

  33. mom2kmjx2 said:

    That has got to be one of the cutest things I have stumbled upon at 130 in morning. Is there a finished piece to see?

  34. Manya said:

    This is beyond cute. I am currently trying to figure out how to make this happen with my nearly 5 year old twins who really want to make something. Does this little machine have a finger guard? What is the name of the hello kitty machine. Looks like a nice one.
    Love this.

  35. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said:

    seriously this has to be the cutest post ever!

  36. CailaMade said:

    This is the sweetest thing! I’m suddenly possessed with the urge to teach my 3yo girl how to sew. And I love that little machine!

  37. Teresa Barbian said:

    I’ve been checking out earlier posts on your blog and came across this post. The sweetness of it brought tears to my eyes! I have two grown daughters and a little granddaughter that is now 17 months old. Thank you for sharing this. With all the bad in the world, we really need to cherish and show the rest of the world the good things in life. Bless you!

  38. Ashley said:

    How inspiring! It’s great to see someone else teaching their child/grandchild to sew.

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