With two Friday's in a row off of school I bumped "teach the girls to sew" to the top of my list. This trumped "sew girls some new clothes" along with many other things, and is a trade off I'll happily make time and time again.
1 of the 3 girls was over the moon about the day and the project. She kept going and going, very much like a certain bunny, that is not the associated with a recent holiday. Another girl came around once the machine started up and has since invited her teacher to come and learn to sew, with the lesson being taught by her, of course. And my other girl, well, she made it through and loves her pillowcase. I think she's game to do more but she's not counting the days.
At ages 6, 8 and 11 this project served as a great jumping off, get your feet wet, learn to line up edges and pin fabric together nice and neat, stitch some straight-ish lines, kind of project. It doesn't matter that the lines are straight-ish, the case fits in the pillow just the same. And I think the dreams are just that little bit sweeter on a pillowcase hand made, just for them, by them.
G really went to town and decided that mom and dad needed new cases for the big anniversary gift (18 years married). She was thoughtful of favorite colors and came up with the coordinates with very little interjection from anyone else.
When it came time to sew the last case, she instructed me to write down all the steps to see if she could follow them and do the work completely by herself. I did, but I also stuck around with gentle reminders and other helpful bits, and was completely shocked with the revelation was made that the case was for me. I couldn't be more proud of all of them.