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Summer sewing camp for kids

25th March 2017, Sewing Lessons

Summer sewing camp can be an interesting offering of your sewing school. Teaching sewing children is challenging and requires a good preparation. Here are some tips how to run a summer sewing camp.

Sewing camps for children

Teaching sewing children can be very rewarding and demanding at the same time. Compared to other summer camps, sewing camps have some differentiators:

  • Usually you can have less children as in other type of camps. Either you have some additional help for lectures or you can take only a small group of children. This also means, that you should reflect it in the price for the camp. It is difficult to compare with prices for other camps.
  • You need a sewing machine for each children or at least for a couple. This require some investment beforehand. If you do not have enough, you can also request the students bring the machine. Make it clear in the conditions.
  • Material requirements could be higher as for other type of leisure activities. Carefully select products to sew in order to make it cost effective and affordable for children.
  • You have to do it inside. In case of hot summer, it might be challenging to be inside the whole camp, when outside is a sunny nice weather. Think about some program that is relevant to sewing and you can do outside. I for example take children to a fabric shop or we do some hand sewing on a picnic with a stop on a playground.
Summer sewing camp

Summer sewing camp

How my summer camps look like

  • Number of children: 4
  • Duration: 1 week from Monday to Friday
  • Time: from 8 AM till 4 PM
Summer sewing camp

Summer sewing camp

Products to sew during camp

We sew each day  2 products or 1 bigger. Here are some of them:

  • Tote bag
  • Pillow case
  • Pencil case
  • Soft toy
  • Apron
  • Simple skirt
  • Drawstring bag
  • Book case
  • Pot holder
  • Pin cushion
  • Head band
Summer sewing camp

Summer sewing camp

In between we do some smaller projects or hand sewing:

  • Toys from socks
  • Scrap busting
  • Fabric coloring and printing
  • Cross stitching
  • Fabric collage with gluing
  • Table games
  • Drawing and designing clothes
Summer sewing camp

Summer sewing camp

Some other considerations when planning

  • Ask parents for allowance to take pictures of children ahead in a written form.
  • Think about safety and special setup, for example because of the height of children or age.
  • Think about how you will provide lunch and other refreshments during the camp. Make sure include these extra costs into your price and show the total cost of the camp.
  • Start marketing and finding students’ couple of month before summer vacation, ideally 4-5 months before.

What is your experience with summer sewing camps?

Summer sewing camp

Summer sewing camp

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