If you have a passion for sewing with some free time on your hands, consider starting a children’s sewing club this year aimed at the age groups who would love to learn to sew. There’s nothing more rewarding than teaching others these fun and hands-on skills in a relaxed and creative environment.
Where Do I Start?
You need to decide on which age groups your sewing club would appeal to. A group of twelve-year olds will complete a more complex project faster than a group of six-year olds. Keep the groups small to focus on various projects, even if you decide on hosting more than one age group at different times during a week.
You need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you going to offer your sewing club for free?
- Or have you decided to charge a small nominal fee per child to cover the costs of the sewing equipment?
- Will this small fee provide for a bit extra to compensate you for your time?
- Are you going to do small hand-sewn projects or are you looking at purchasing a few affordable sewing machines?
Where Are You Going to Run Your Sewing Workshops From?
A setting in a public space may be the best option for hosting various groups of children at different times as opposed to your own home, specifically from a parent’s safety concerns, namely ‘stranger danger’. Reach out to the churches in your area and the public library, both of whom may be willing to let you use their facilities a few times during the week for free or for a small donation. The venue cost is another factor to consider when deciding on whether to charge a cost per head.
Decide on a Sewing Project Programme
This is where the fun begins. You can pick and choose various themes and possibly one project per theme – the options are endless. It is always a good idea to tie these themes in with the various holidays throughout the year.
Spread the Word!
Once you have finalised the nitty-gritty details, start spreading the word. Post an advert in your local community Facebook group or local parents’ groups. Put up posters and flyers at the schools, library and other various free notice boards available to the community.