Product Type: Galt Art / Craft
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Galt First Sewing
Member Name: kingfisher111
Galt First Sewing
Date: 01/06/11, updated on 03/08/13 (140 review reads)
Advantages: fun and easy to make
My seven year old daughter has recently been introduced to sewing at school and is absolutely loving it. So much so that she is constantly wanting to practice at home which has caused a slight difficulty actually finding things for her to sew! Because of this when I was in Hobbycraft recently and spotted the Galt First Sewing kit, I thought that it would be perfect so I bought it for a half term project. The recommended age is five years and above, but as she is almost eight she is really able to enjoy and work on the separate projects independently. (This is very important when you are nearly eight!)
The set comprises of five absolutely delightful mini projects. These are a small bag, a notebook holder, a photo frame, a neck purse and a small heart shaped bag. They are all made out of foam and there are sparkly gems with which to embellish them all. Each project comes in it's own separate plastic bag with all the necessary pre-cut foam that is needed for each one. Each one also has a length of cord (instead of cotton), plastic needles and stick on gems. There is also a small notepad and two pencils in order to complete the notepad holder. Because each kit does come with everything it needs, it would be possible to separate them out and give as small gifts or as something a bit different to put in party bags. Not that I would ever be able to persuade my daughter to part with any of them, as they are all so attractive, she wants to make them all and I don't blame her!
All the foam is in lovely bright colours - purples, pinks, yellows, greens and so on, and a lot of the projects have sew on embellishments such as butterflies, hearts and flowers. Not only is Rachel able to practice her sewing skills but she is making some really attractive items that she can either keep or use themselves, or, as they look so good, give as gifts to family and friends.
Each of the five projects is very easy to make. There are some pictorial instructions which are a bit sparse but sufficient to be able to follow. Rachel has been able to open each of the projects and, with a quick glance at the guides, has just been able to work out what to do and get on with making all of the items. Also, each project is pretty quick to complete - probably taking between ten and twenty five minutes - which is really good for children with short attention spans as they will be able to complete each item in just one session.
I really can't rate this kit highly enough and considering how much it contains, in both contents and enjoyment, it is really reasonably priced. In fact, at the moment it can be bought on Amazon for only £6.50 (May 2011). It has provided a great deal of enjoyment in our house and my daughter has been able to create some lovely keepsakes of which she is very proud as well as practising her sewing skills which is what she wanted to do all along! We definitely recommend this lovely kit.
Summary: A brilliant first sewing kit
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