Sewing Summer Camp for Children

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Sewing is very much like engineering: you’re building something. You have to plan ahead, visualize the finish project, and understand how each step creates the foundation for the next one.

It’s also good for children’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but the mental exercises are just as valuable.  Problem solving, perseverance, and patience can all be learned from sewing. Following instructions and organizing abilities are also gained.

Each two day camp teaches beginner sewing skills to children and are suitable for ages 6 years and up, boys and girls.

They will learn to operate a basic sewing machine and use sewing tools as they complete a project each day, two projects in total.

Days run consecutively and are each 10am until 3pm.

Maximum of six students per class.

€55 for the two days includes all materials and supplies, due upon registration.

Children bring a bag lunch; everything else is provided.


There are four projects in total, split between two separate camps.

Camp One —July 27 & 28,  August 3 & 4

Projects are a picture pocket pillow on day one and a waterproof drawstring backpack on day two.

Camp Two—July 29 & 30,  August 5 & 6

Projects are a laminated bookcover with bookmark and pen holder (book & pen included) and a  lined lunchbag on day two.

pillow pics bookcover backpack

*sorry no photo of lunchbag, but it’s awesome! 

To check availability, to register, or for more information contact me here, through my facebook page ‘The Aran Artisan’, or email me at

Please share with anyone you think might be interested.   Thanks, Melissa


  1. bnmhic says:

    Thanks Melissa! Muireann is also beside me as I write! I sent two emails to you a few minutes ago. If you don’t receive them, let me know and I’ll confirm Muireann’s interest through the blog! Love to Margaret Maeve, her brothers and sisters! We will be in Árainn from 21st to 28th July!

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      • bnmhic says:

        If you are happy to have her for those two days, YAY!!!! Thank you so much! We are really sorry not to be there for the other two days. Muireann is booked in with Arthur for the Wed / Thurs / Fri of the cúl camp.
        So, we will be staying beside the hotel. Do you live in Kilronan? How long a walk would it be to your house?


  2. Greg says:

    Gees, I need to learn these skills! LOL

    I can hand sew some. And I hand sew all of my leather goods/projects but I need to learn pattern making and how to operate a machine. Too bad I’m beyond the age limit 😉

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  3. Mama Cormier says:

    Wonderful projects for beginner sewers. I taught sewing to for 15 years to 11 to 14 year olds as part of my job as a Family Studies teacher. Recently in one of my art classes I taught the children how to hand quilt and in another how to weave. The boys loved operating the machines.

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    • I gave much thought to what to teach when and why. With your experience it’s good to hear that you agree with my choices. Hand sewing definitely on the list, I thought perhaps just before teaching working with patterns as buttons, basting, hems all come into the picture then, all of which I have thus far avoided.

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      • Mama Cormier says:

        I used to start with a hand sewing project made out of felt. They made puppets, using a running stitch to sew on details, a blanket stitch to hold the front and back together and somewhere on the project, usually for the eyes they sewed on buttons.

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        • Great idea! I was thinking that was the way to go–create a project using the different stitches but hadn’t designed anything yet. I think it is wonderful for them to leave each class with a completed project, at least the beginners. Thanks for the idea 🙂



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