I have a confession to make… running a series through the summer has proved so much harder than I thought! Between camps, sports, vacations and just summer fun, we are a tad behind. I truly hope you are all sticking with us because there is still so much Ry wants to learn and I’m excited to be able to share with you everyone.
This week she asked if she could learn how to use a rotary cutter. So while we may not be sewing this week, I can’t tell you the last time I cut out a pattern with scissors. She sees that and want who am I to say no to her wanting to learn more?
A few things I noticed that would make this lesson easier and I do think that i’ll invest in a few more tools to help her. Starting with a smaller ruler would be best. The ones I use most often are 24″ and I think it was a bit much for her to hold in place easily.
We talked ALOT about safety, where to place your hand on the ruler and how to hold the cutter. This was a bit of a challenge since Ry is left handed and i’m right handed but that’s the one nice part about using a rotary cutter is its universal. The second item I think we will be adding at our next shopping trip is a ruler grip. I think that would be a fabulous tool for a young learner and the perfect way to help keep fingers out of the blades path.
She cut LOTS and LOTS of strips, of all different widths. I think next week I’ll let her work on cutting along pattern lines instead of the ruler and then she has a sewing project in mind.
Next week we are back to sewing with a cool back to school project and tutorial!! See you then!!