Nowadays, kids seem to be so caught up with advanced technology and social media. And those young ones who are interested in really productive hobbies like sewing seem to be diminishing. Some might think that it’s ok, I mean some video games are educational after all and many games can stimulate the brain too. However, there are still some pretty significant benefits that traditional vocational hobbies like sewing have that modern pastimes, like video games, don't.
Here are my reasons why you should teach kids how to sew…
Sewing Develops Creativity
Creating a pattern, choosing color combinations, adding details and accents are just a few things that are required when sewing a project. These small activities teach kids to be creative or if they are naturally creative already, then this will enhance their creativity even more. For starters, you can find them some easy and fun sewing projects. If you're looking for a good list of easy sewing projects for beginners, please check out this list.
Sewing Teaches Perseverance
When kids start sewing a project, they already know the outcome or finished product they are working for. This is what motivates them (really just like adults) to persevere and continue making progress because they know that there is a goal they are going to accomplish in the end.
Everyone makes mistakes and mistakes in sewing are pretty common. Like with most mistakes, however, the best strategy is often just to persevere and carry on. What better way to learn perseverance in life and how to deal with little mistakes than with sewing?
Sewing Builds A Sense Of Fulfillment
Again, this also applies to adults but even more so for kids. Once they tie that final knot and hold up their finished product to inspect it and show it off to the rest of the family, it will give them a sense of accomplishment and a deep sense of fulfillment. This comes from being able to create something that they, and everyone else, can see and appreciate.
Sewing Develops Confidence
Aside from giving a sense of accomplishment, being able to create something will also help kids gain confidence. Imagine how a really young one would feel, starting with only a piece of fabric, thread, and a needle and ending up with doll’s dress or cute little purse. This will definitely develop and boost confidence every time they finish a project. This will only increase as they gradually advance to a more complex project as they go.
Sewing Fights Depression
While depression isn't common among young people (thankfully), it certainly is becoming a problem as people age. Teaching kids useful and enriching skills like sewing will give them something to lean on as they get older. Please read this important article on How Sewing Fights Depression if you would like to know more.
Can you think of other good reasons to teach kids how to sew? Please add to the conversation in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you.