Friday, February 19, 2010

Hello Kitty!!

This is an a post especially dear to my heart. My grand daughter, Kailey Rain, is  now 6 years old and has shown a great interest in my sewing equipment and making things for people as gifts. At Christmas I usually like to make several hand-made gifts.  Last year she proclaimed to my daughter-law who was at the time the newest addition to the family that "Did you know that my Gram can make like.....EVERYTHING?". :)

Lately, she has been asking me if we could sew something together so I found this awesome project made especially for her age group at Michael's. I forgot to take a picture of the actual box that the project came in, but this picture below is close enough. However, the Hello Kitty kit that we made was a full body version complete with stuffing and a dress, bow and buttons that needed to be attached, etc.

The kit came complete with everthing needed, including all the parts of miss kitty with pre-punched holes, a large plastic needle, embroidery floss, pre-cut get the idea. (Very easy to follow instructions)
When I showed the project to miss Kailey she did protest a bit but only because she informed me that she is "way too old" for Hello Kitty stuff and wanted to know if there was anything we could make like.....Hanna Montana clothes... She finally relented after agreeing that maybe she could still make it and give it as a gift to a "little" kid that she knows who is still into "baby" things. I tell you what, these kids are growing up way to fast these days! (why am I suddenly feeling ancient? I'm feeling this overwhelming urge to bust out in song...."Kids! Why can't they be like we were perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?")

The first few times, I threaded the needle for her, but quickly she decided that she could do it herself.

Sweet success!! I love how she looks so proud of herself.
Kailey: "I can sew just like you now, huh, Gram?"
Me: "You bet, sweetie, you're doing awesome!"
Kailey: "I'm having fun! This is cool making stuff."

Now for some more stuffing.  Looking like an old pro with that needle already.

Note the serious concentration. Almost done.
Kailey: "Gram, next time can we use your big "thing" over there to sew with instead of this little needle? This is taking a really long time."
Me: "you mean the sewing maching?"
Kailey: "Yeah that, I'm ready for that now. Gram, do you think I can sew everything now like you do?"
Me: "After some more practice honey, you sure can"
Kailey (exasperated): "I can't think about all that right now; I think that's too much for my brain to think about"
Me: "That's ok honey, let's just finish this Kitty and then we can think about more projects later"
Kailey: "Phew, that's a lot of work!"

Kailey: "Look Gram, I did it all by myself! Are you going to post this to your blog, Gram?"
Me: "Can't wait; I'm so proud of you! Let's take a picture of us together with Hello Kitty"
Kailey: "Well, ok, but can you write that I did this all by myself even though you helped me a little bit? a(pause:) "Do you think it's ok if I keep this instead of giving it away? I really like it now!"
Me: "I think that's a great idea"
Kailey: "We can still make something to give away next time right? Sewing is fun!"
Me: "absolutely!" (my heart leaping with giddy joy; yeah, there's going to be a next time!!)

Passing on my sewing obssession passion to the next generation. Priceless!

Well I'm off to the store to find a more "grown up" project for my little miss sewing sensation. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your story is just so cool! I was about 6 years old when I did exactly the same thing to my mom. I have been sewing and making things ever since (50 years?!). You are so lucky! I have grands but none of them are old enough yet. Enjoy!

  2. What an awesome Grandma! Your story made me cry and remember back to projects my grandmas and I did and them teaching me to knit and crochet!

    Thank you and God bless you on your continued road to recovery!

  3. What a great project! I love that Kailey is sewing, so cool! I'm so proud of her :)

  4. What a darling project! I think you both had fun with this one. I'm looking forward to doing things like this with my granddaughter someday.

  5. What a cute project! We love Hello Kitty over here!! I bet you had fun together! My Grandma was the cause of my fabric and sewing addiction. I love her to pieces!


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