Get Ready #2 for Row by Row Junior      TRAVEL • COLLECT • LEARN

School’s out.  But summer 2017 will be alive with learning when kids hit the road to participate in Row by Row Experience’s brand new program, Row by Row Junior.  It’s for kids ages 6 to 14 and follows the same schedule as adult Row by Row.  Kids travel along with an adult, collect free row patterns designed just for them to make, and learn to sew at home with family help and support from  Find participating shops here.

We’ve created free downloadable materials to make this summer experience the best ever.  Here is the second batch.  We’ll be adding more daily as we approach June 21, the first day of Row by Row Experience 2017.  Find the first batch about Road Trip Journal writing here.

Junior Activity Sheets Part 1 of 3.

Quilt Shop–Draw What You Saw

What did you see in this Quilt Shop today?  Free printable pdf here.  Make one for each destination shop.

Younger kids will enjoy drawing what they see as you visit different shops.  Older kids will too.  Drawing is such a valuable form of communication, especially in the free form kind of expression the blank quilt shop space provides.  Use their drawings as conversation starters.  Savor the opportunity to see the craft you love through their eyes.

PS…offering activities like this keeps younger kids busy and lets you have extra time to browse.

My Thread Collection

My Thread Collection.  Free printable pdf. here.

Kids love spools of thread.  Letting them start their own collection is fun, affordable, and practical.  Organizing, taking inventory, evaluating options, making decisions–such valuable life skills.

Matching colored thread is important to Row by Row Junior.  Much of the construction techniques used allow the thread to be visible on the face of the project.  Using matching thread colors allows for a beginner’s imperfections to be less noticeable.

Have a conversation about neutral thread colors too and why they are important.  Even younger kids can understand the difference between “matching” and “contrasting” colors–thread that blends in or stands out.

But…now is a good time to introduce The Golden Rule of Teaching Kids to Sew:

Let kids choose their own fabric even though you may not like their choice.

The same is true with thread color.

If kids use fabrics, threads, and colors they like, they will be eager to work on the project and more likely to complete it.

Oh!  To be a kid, in the summer of 2017, with all the beautiful thread we have available today.

Our Row by Row Junior mission:

We want to enhance your Row by Row Experience with “kid friendly” educational materials that foster the love of fabric and machine sewing, strengthen inter-generational family relationships, and support local quilt shops everywhere.”

Kids can!  All they need is opportunity, practice, a few good tools, and a willing adult.  

Learn more about the Row by Row Junior Program here.

Let us know how you like Row by Row Junior.  Share your experiences with us.  Leave a comment below.

Jeannette Kitlan, your Row by Row Junior author and designer.