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Holiday Crafting With Teens

I would like to preface this post by saying that I am not normally a “crafty” sewer. I tend to solely stick to garment sewing and will very rarely deviate.  However, when I was asked if I’d be interested in doing a holiday inspired sewing craft, something made me say yes and I am so glad that I did!

You see, I am the mother of 13-year-old twins, and I am ALWAYS looking for fun things that we can do together as they grow.  While my two kids are very different in almost every way, they both enjoy being creative and doing the odd craft.  I am a member of BluPrint and had been interested in the class Fab Felt Holiday Crafts by Betz White. I thought this would be a great way for the three of us to do some creating together and have some fun playing with some of Minerva’s beautiful wool/viscose felt.  I ordered an array of colors, added some fun Simplicity trims, collected the glue and a friend for each (they are teenagers, of course) and we were set to make up our own gingerbread village.

I would like to say that I have no memory of a group of kids being so quiet and concentrated!  They were very serious about planning and picking out colors for their felt gingerbread houses.  We used freezer paper to help cut out the smaller details, but the trims were where they really got creative.

I watched the video lessons ahead of time so I could instruct as we went along, but they kids were quick to go their own directions.  Even though I had a plan (like I normally do), it was a great reminder that creativity is best when it’s not planned.  Like so many times before, these teenagers taught me the importance and the beauty of letting the imagination run wild.

Although the bones of each house are the same, I love seeing the differences in each house.  I can actually see each of their personalities coming through in their perspective houses.  It was so fun to watch unfold.

As a new teenage parent (they’ve only been 13 for a couple of weeks), I have been preparing myself for all the changes that would begin to take place.  For over a year now, I have been bracing myself for the upheaval my household would surely be going through.  However, it is times like this that I am reminded that teenage years don’t have to be something feared but can be a celebrated time.  These are the moments where our parent/child relationship can start to change and grow.  While I am sure that rocky roads are ahead (aren’t they always), I can be reminded that we have this common, our need and love of creating.

I love that these gingerbread houses are made of felt because this means that they will last for years to come.  They will be a yearly reminder that we share not only the bond of family ties, but also the bond of making. 

Thank you, Minerva, for the fodder to create some memories with my kids! 

Until next time!

Whitney (aka TomKat Stitchery

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