One thing about sewing/crafting is that when you do it all the time the little ones want to join in.
It's quite hard to keep sewing yourself unless you can find something to entertain them. After setting up multiple gluing and cutting exercises I decided she could have another try at sewing something - the last attempt was a bit crap due to my not picking the right project.
When she was younger I used to just put a piece of cloth in the hoop and let her weave different coloured cottons in and out randomly. Now she is older I stepped up the project a little. This project happened over many afternoons in about 20 minute sessions - the sessions lasted till I could see she was tiring and getting lazy with it.
I found some material left over form a project and drew a heart on it.
The first session was letting her sew around the heart shape.
The second she started filing it with buttons. I let her pick which ever colour she liked out of my stash - therefore a lot of the buttons that I don't use in my regular sewing got pinched - thank goodness.
I just adore the eclectic and random nature of it - nothing like the eyes of a child.
Once I took it out of the hoop I staple gunned it to an old canvas and hung it in her room.
She was thrilled with it and so was I. It was lovely to see her so commited to something and for a lovely outcome to be produced.
Now to find her another project so I can sew myself in peace...