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.
How my summer camps look like
- Number of children: 4
- Duration: 1 week from Monday to Friday
- Time: from 8 AM till 4 PM
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
- Simple skirt
- Drawstring bag
- Book case
- Pot holder
- Pin cushion
- Head band
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
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?