At Patch Halifax, you can attend a workshop to make almost anything from a tube skirt to a tailored blouse! But the best of all is the Patch Halifax Parent and Kid Sew Together : a very special workshop where children can design and make their own stuffed toy.
Recently, my daughter and I attended a workshop, along with several other families, including a grandmother and granddaughter team (making a horse), and a father-son duo that created an elaborate black fabric digger truck, complete with teeth and button wheels!
We decided to make a bunny.
Our expert guide was Linnet, who led us each stage of the stuffy-making process, from inception to the final (very rewarding) stuffing and sewing-up. The workshop takes three hours, going at just the right pace for young children, and there is a welcome snack offered for the children halfway through the session.
One of the most helpful parts of Linnet’s instruction was the way she encouraged my daughter to do everything independently – from cutting fabric, to sewing buttons, to operating a sewing machine! The sense of achievement my little girl felt by the end of the day was tremendous.
The other remarkable thing about the Parent and Kid Sew Together workshop is how much all the stuffies resembled the children’s initial drawings. If you have ever wished that one of your child’s beautiful drawings could jump right off the page and become real, then this is the way to realize that dream!
And here is the final product. We call her…. “Bunny”! She has a bell for a tail, and we love her.
Thank you, Patch Halifax, we had an amazing afternoon!