Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sew Buttons On Your....

Both my boys are in Cub Scouts.  We love Cub Scouts, it's such great skills, friendship and brotherhood that they are learning.  One of Little Red's skills he needs to learn to get his Tiger Cub patch is sewing on a button.  Now, I don't know about you, but I believe that's a skill everyone should know how to do.  I don't remember how I learned, or who taught me (though I'm gonna guess it was my grandmother).  We picked out the buttons he wanted to use from my vast collection of buttons that have fallen off other things, or been removed from clothes we recycled into something else.  You never know when you might need the stray button for just this sort of thing.

First we had a safety lesson about how sharp needles are and why you don't want to jab that into your finger by mistake.  I once sewed my finger with my sewing machine.  Yes, you can just imagine how much that hurt.  I had to cut the thread out of my finger, went right straight through.  So, we learned about why NOT to sew your finger first and foremost.

Then we really got into how you match the needle with the hole in the button, and sew up and back, up and back, then tying off, which he was actually really good at!

I took the moment to appreciate that I was teaching my child to sew a button.  I enjoy sewing quite a bit and it was fun to be able to teach him how to do this. Now, he will never need to rely on someone else to fix a button for him, he's gained a skill that will serve him well throughout his life.

And he was proud to be able to do this himself.  Really gave him a sense of accomplishment and confidence. 

Tiger Cub Scout patch, here we come, ~Peacemom