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Virtual Hand Sewing Classes

  • Learn a life skill!

  • Find a new hobby!

  • Relax!

  • Improve self esteem!

  • Get creative!

We are NOW offering Sewing Machine classes virtually. Click here for details

Hedgehog House

Hedgehog House is a fun hand sewing project for kids ages 6-12. Hand painted especially for Sew Happy, the main item is a basket consisting of an inner and outer basket stitched together with a whip stitch. The carrying strap is double sided with rainbow stripes on one side and leaves and bugs on the other side. The strap attaches to the outer basket with buttons.

All of our sewing kits include an integral "practice piece", a piece of fabric with stitch markings and dots for needle placement where students can try out their new sewing skills before beginning their "real" project. In this kit it's the back of a bookmark.

Once the basket is complete students make a hedgehog stuffie and hedgehog keychain. Extra accessories include a blanket for the hedgehog bed, two aprons and a hat. The basket can be used by younger kids as a toy or for older kids to hold personal items.

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More Information About Virtual Hand Sewing

Kids ages 6 - 12 will enjoy learning the life skill of sewing through virtual classes with knowledgeable and fun instructors and adorable projects. Our first project ready for virtual classes is "Hedgehog House" but we are working on "Llama Drama" and "Narwhals, Narwhals".

What To Expect

  • When you register for one of our online sewing classes we will mail you the materials for the class. Just before the program starts we will send you a zoom meeting invitation to the class.

 

  • The program is 8 weeks long and each class is 45 minutes. A Sew Happy instructor will guide the students through each step by showing clear and concise videos.

  • We know that there is a lot to learn at the beginning and that is why we make videos available after the class so that students can watch and practice at their own pace.

  • For each project there are fabric pieces which need to be cut so we recommend you purchase a sharp pair of scissors. Cutting is an important skill because it helps with fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

  • Threading the needle is probably the hardest part of hand sewing but also the most important one. Students are not expected to be able to thread a needle immediately and this is why we recommend adult help for younger sewers. We provide a needle threader with our kits and we have spent several years working on the best method to teach children but it can still take time to master. We ask parents to help and encourage their child with the needle threading but to make sure that the child really learns this skill for themself as the pay-off is that the child feels a HUGE sense of satisfaction, self-esteem and importance as they add this wonderful and necessary lifeskill to their list of accomplishments.

  • In addition to threading a needle the students need to learn how to tie a knot, split floss and make a "lock stitch". Each of our projects includes a "practice piece" which is a part of the project but has been designed so that the student can practice basic stitches and the lock stitch.  Straight stitch and whip stitch are the stitches used mostly in our projects but we sometimes add in a cross stitch too. 

  • At each class students are reminded of what they did in the previous week before they start the next step. At the end of each class students are given tasks to work on until the next class. Each class will be recorded and made available to each student so there's no need to worry if a student skips a week, they can catch up in their own time.

  • Each of our projects have been designed at Sew Happy and we are proud to say that they are made in the USA from (mostly) recycled water bottles.

  • Materials and shipping are included in the price.