One of the ongoing projects I worked on with G this summer was learning the basics of sewing. And I say basics, because that is truly all I know. I can't pleat or smock or sew an invisible stitch, BUT I can sew in a line...and that's 90% of all sewing, I'd say.
So we started (and kept going) with lines and curves. First on paper, without thread, eventually advancing to those curly lines that swim all over the paper...and then adding thread. We did this for a few days to give her the feel for operating the foot pedal and guiding her paper (without stabbing her fingers continually with the electrically operated needle).
Step #2: Create something with straight lines. May I introduce G Longstocking. The background is made up of different strips of paper, each sewn on with one straight line of stitching. Next came the body, which was pretty easy, as I cut her clothing out of felt, minus the skirt which was a piece of a ruffle left over from the ONE pillow I have sewn for my bedroom makeover. We added some ribbon for fun on the shirt, and cut her arms out of zebra scrapbook paper. All sewn in place with straight lines.
Then we glued a head on from a picture I had laying around, and cut some yarn for hair and sewed the pigtails on too. Ta-da, a fun sewing collage!
Last project: a pillow and blanket for the doll of her choice. Here's where we raid the fabric graveyard of projects past, and find two pieces that will make an 18x18 inch square. I could be lying here, it could be 8x8, but I am really bad at judging three things--distance, food quantities and size--so, do with that what you will. I also added a layer of batting (the warm stuff inside of a quilt), to give it a real blanket-y feel.
Seriously, if you sew, a blanket is as easy as you get, particularly one this small. Right sides together, four straight lines (with a small hole left to flip it right side out). Done! Pillow is the same deal...right sides together, leave and small hole and turn it right side out, stuff it and stitch it shut! Perfect for a six-old-beginner, or a 33-year-old who seeks projects that take minimal effort and skill!