Sewing skills aren't just a thing of the past. Not only do kids who try sewing learn a valuable skill that they'll be able to use for years to come, but they're also helping others while they're at it.
During our recent Independence Challenge, several kids wrote to us about sewing and making masks in order to do their part to help others. Daishanay, 14, wrote about how she made her mask entirely by hand. She says, "It took quite a while, but the project kept me occupied and productive." She made several masks for her family, and we love all the extra time and attention she put into it by completing them the old-fashioned way: with a needle and thread.
Take a look at the other great sewers from the challenge, featured below. Just click on a photo, scroll through, and read some of the stories. These kids show great kindness in their actions, and we hope it inspires others to keep passing it forward.
By the way, you can see a full list of the winners from the Independence Challenge right here. You can also get our Independence Kit, a free download, to encourage your kids to be more independent and take on challenges of their own. It's right here.
I made handmade face masks for my family and I. I did them myself independently It took quite awhile, but the project kept me occupied and being productive. -Daishanay
Christian wanted to do his part during the pandemic by learning to sew his own facial mask. He did an amazing job with handling the sewing machine independently and created a perfect mask. -Vivian
Andrew is spending time learning to sew. He has help in various stages in making masks for our family and friends on the front lines. These memories and life skills will last a lifetime. -Kaylene
My daughter saw a few videos online on how to make homemade masks because we couldn't find any. She is learning to use a sewing machine to sew a mask. She hopes to make many more for other families in need. -Zarmina
Quinn asked for a sewing machine for her birthday so that she can make face masks like mommy and give them to people who need them. We are so proud of her kind heart and independence, especially with her special needs (a rare form of epilepsy). -Ashley
We are bringing home economics class back to the boys curriculum. Dustin quickly learned how to use the serger sewing machine to help make face masks for family, friends, and community working the front lines. -Kaylene