BRANDON — In an attempt to revive the dying art of sewing among the younger generation, Carmen Wilson is offering kids’ sewing camps at Gigi’s Fabric Shop, 105 S. Moon Ave., to help boys and girls become sewing rock stars.
Children with no experience will gain basic skills, starting with short, uncomplicated patterns, learning how to stitch straight lines.
“Kids want to sew, not cut, so we pre-cut pieces for younger kids to sew together,” said Wilson.
Weeklong Monday through Friday camps for 8- to 14-year-olds will include an American Girl camp from 1 to 4 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1, a sleepover necessities camp 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 23-27, and a back-to-school camp 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 21-25. Rainbow quilt camp for first-time quiltmakers ages 8-14 will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, June 16-19.
Weeklong camps are $225 and include instruction, individual use of a sewing machine, custom patterns, all fabrics and a daily fruit snack. Siblings’ fees are discounted by $25.
Itty Bitty Day Camps for younger students will be held July 7 and Aug. 4: for 6- to 8-year-old girls, the camps will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for boys ages 8 to 12, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fees are $35 for girls’ camp and $40 for the boys’ camp.
Campers may join Kids Sewing 4 Kids Camp sewing sessions for free, in which students will learn to make baby blankets for infants in the neonatal intensive-care unit at Brandon Regional Hospital. Kids Sewing 4 Kids will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 10, 12, 24, 26, July 15, 17, 22 and 24.
“We’re looking for women who know how to sew and have teaching experience to volunteer at Gigi’s with Kids Sewing 4 Kids and ConKerr Cancer, which makes pillowcases for seriously ill children,” said Wilson.
Pre-registration is required. Register in person or by phone at (813) 661-9000. Details are available at www.gigisfabricshop .com and at Gigi’s Fabric Shop on Facebook.
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