Boys Rock At Sewing!

Of course I teach my sons to sew.  And other people’s boys as well.  They love creating just as much as girls, and totally love operating machinery. But rather than allude to gender stereotypes (which I totally disagree with) I prefer to brag about my adorable, talented, thoughtful, and all-around amazing first born son, Adrien.  After school yesterday he completed these pillows for his sister Margaret Maeve’s birthday.  I mentioned her before, she had ten pillows on her bed, now twelve, and after receiving these, fourteen.  All his idea, all his own handy work.

PicMonkey Collage

p.s. He wanted to make sure that his Liverpool Football Club badge on his jersey was showing, so I’ll do him the favor of pointing it out to you :).


  1. elliwest2014 says:

    I taught the my stepsons how to sew too! By hand and machine. If they want the costumes they have to help with the construction. Now, when new characters/movies come out and they want a “_____ man” costume, I can just tell them to get “everything set up and start designing what you want. Let me know when you are ready for fabric.”

    They both switch between whittling and sewing without hesitation. It makes for some pretty off the wall costumes and clothing!

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    • It really opens up a whole world to them–textiles are everywhere! In my life as a professional seamstress I have done tailoring, industrial sewing, and loads of custom sewing right aside many talented men. It’s a lucky partner who gets our boys when they are all grown up 😉 .

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  2. I consider myself a bit of a renaissance man, I love to learn anything, including things that would be normally considered a “woman” activity. I taught myself to knit, and I can operate a sewing machine, although not well. I will need to teach my boys soon as well. Thanks.

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    • I like the sound of that, “renaissance man”. You are one of those good catches I referred to in my above comment to Elliwest2014. Not that sewing makes the man, but well rounded and comfortable in areas thought of as for women, well, they are good qualities to have. I have some beginner sewing classes with teaching tips here on my blog and more to add (just not enough hours in a day!). There are also some great internet resources related to sewing, but I couldn’t find a free curriculum for teaching children that I liked so I made my own and then decided to post them. Actually that is the reason I started blogging, but, wow, did I ever get off track there, and went off on this tangent of virtual scrapbooking much of my daily life! And, as I love giving back to the art that has given me so much, I sincerely offer any assistance to you in teaching your boys and yourself. All the best to you in this new endeavor. Melissa

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  3. kim says:

    Those cushions are so cool! My youngest son likes to sew with the machine and has made a few things including a cover for his drumsticks.
    I am enjoying reading through your sewing tutorials. My grandmother was a seamstress and I do know how to make some simple things on the machine – curtains and basic clothes etc. But when it comes to following more complex patterns and being really neat, well, I’m a bit lost. I look forward to following more of your series.

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    • Thanks. That’s really encouraging. Even if they only help one person to sew a bit I am delighted and would feel successful.
      I think once they see the possibilities their creativity is sparked. Really the only limitations are lack of imagination and patience, (and of course an interest in sewing is a requirement!).
      I’m realizing most of my sewing posts are pillows, but we do sew much more than that, hee hee!
      How great it is that your son is inspired to make rather than buy? I learned to sew at my grandmothers side also 🙂 .
      The things you are sewing are essentials, the best knowledge to have really. Anything more is icing on the cake.

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  4. Both my “boys” (ages 48 and 50) were blessed with the results of Title IX in Minnesota schools, “back in the day.” Rather than fight the equality of opportunity rules, many school districts handed out hair nets to boys for cooking classes and hair nets for girls in Basic Woodworking. The schools in which I worked taught my boys to cook and to sew. One went into drafting, with many girls in his classes. For this, my wife and their wives are quite happy with their high school curriculum. Good job with your kids.

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    • There were no boys in my home economics classes in school. I’m not sure if they were allowed or not. Nowadays many schools have cut the programs completely out. It is very nice, a real blessing, to have a man who can cook and sew in the home alright!


  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful pillows! I’ve tried to teach my son to knit and crochet – without much success. But as he loves machines maybe I should try him with the sewing machine (though mine is particularly temperamental). He did sew a little felt heart not so long ago by hand and that worked well. Today we started on a Papier-Mâché shark – a kit he got as a present – though there wasn’t enough papier-mâché to cover the balloon so we had to make some of our own – have no idea if it will work. It’ll probably take at least two days to dry!

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    • I love felt because it doesn’t fray or wrinkle and is easy for children to handle. I think I teach how I learnt, on a machine first. I introduce hand sewing after the first five beginner lessons on the machine. I do it then because it is really helpful/needed before sewing with templates and patterns; sewing buttons, blind hems, ladder stitches, basting in zippers, etc. I don’t think either way is the better/right way though. Kids just love to create! And papier-mâché is a blast, one of my husbands favorite mediums for Halloween costume making, with the kiddos help, of course! And I will pass your compliment on to Adrien 🙂 .

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  6. Just love your blog and look forward to following your posts , great to find someone struggling with the Irish weather as we are here in Mayo and look forward to any tips you have on what is likely to grow in our wonderful little Island here as this year is the year I hope to succeed in growing veg and flowers and lots of trees and welcome any ideas on same . Kind Regards and happy days to you.Kathy.

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    • Hi Kathy, Just home from a beach walk. How quick the weather changes here, a stunning day it is. My mind is on the garden but it is early yet so we will continue to enjoy the break from the day in, day out of it.
      I have gotten great information from Klaus Laitenberger’s gardening books. They are written exclusively for the Irish climate. He is formerly the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre at Rossinver, Co. Leitrim.
      GIY Ireland is also a fab online resource–there may be a local chapter near you that meets up. Both are mainly veg gardening but a wealth of information specific to us.
      It is delightful to connect with a like minded west coaster like yourself. So happy you started this conversation–may it continues for many seasons to come! Melissa


  7. I think it’s fantastic that you are teaching the boys to sew. It’s such a great skill to know. I learned to sew when I was about 12 years old in home economics class. I laugh when someone mentions that they had a button fall off a shirt and need to take it in to a shop to get fixed. Really? It’s a button! 🙂
    It’s unfortunate that some people have issues with what they think are gender appropriate activities/skills. I think the best thing to do is teach boys and girls the widest range of skills possible. I was baking on my own by the time I was 10 and I could cook several meals by 12. This summer I’m going to be teaching my Godson to bake. He’s 10 and I’m looking forward to passing those skills on to him. I think the key is to start them young, before they get it into their head that something is not cool for a boy to do.

    These are valuable life skills you are teaching your children. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, you are doing a GREAT job raising your children Melissa!

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    • Hi Stan 🙂
      Thanks. Yesterday I was teaching a few girls aged 8-11 how to sew buttons at my daughter’s birthday party (mightn’t sound like fun, but I’ll explain in another post). A couple of sisters said their father had once shown them how to do it, which I was delighted to hear. Even more so, because of the conversation on this post.
      My daughter just baked and decorated her own cake. My middle son (7 yrs) is not far behind her. I agree about starting them young. It’s great that you will be teaching your Godson to bake and I look forward to reading about how that goes 🙂 .


  8. amykierce says:

    Yay boys!! Our son knows how to cook a roast chicken dinner and clean a bathroom, so far. Sewing is next!!! Melissa, I’ve been thinking about you! How are you? Ready to fly yet or have you?? I just got over the flu here and during a week of craziness I actually had a creative burst — I’m thinking of putting together my own digital magazine. Maybe it was the flu talking lol. Best to you and the family!!!

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    • Hello dear friend! I have missed you. Cooking and cleaning are other important skills for boys and girls to learn :). School starts Feb 20, I’ve just been informed. A couple weeks later than last year. Not bad news as it will give me more time to prepare, but the countdown is definitely on!
      I want to hear more about your digital magazine. Hope the flu has past and you are up to feeling your best. Xx



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