CHARLOTTE – The art of sewing has been shown to be a creative way to build and develop self-confidence, problem-solving patience and focus.
It’s also a skill that is the basis of Sew Fun! Parties and More, a Ballantyne-area boutique that has been teaching kids and adults how to sew in fun and interesting ways for a decade.
When Priscilla Davis bought the studio in 2015, she made a few changes that has made Sew Fun! even better.
Guests don’t need to know how to sew, and many of her younger clients – and especially during her extensive list of summer camp options – learn in a safe, fun way.
Some of the more popular camps include Forest Friends & PJs, Splish Splash camps only for 7-year-olds or a Harry Potter-themed version that was introduced last year and became an instant success.
“The girls absolutely loved that because they got to make a uniform for whatever house they are in. That was really fun and we have that one again,” Davis said. “All of our camps are really fun and the girls love it because they can see their progress as the week goes on. They are usually working on two or three things at once, so once it starts to get going, the excitement builds until the end of the week.”
Some of the other more popular choices include:
• An Outfit for Out and About. Here campers create shorts and a crossbody bag.
• Slumber Party ‘Ssentials. Create comfy pajama shorts, an eye mask and a soft pillowcase to stand out of the next slumber party.
• Houses of Hogwarts Uniform. The Harry Potter-themed camp creates a school uniform including a skirt, necktie, satchel bag. Also, campers will choose between Griffindor, Huffepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw houses.
• Splish Splash Water and Fun. Campers make a swim bag, sunglasses case and a beach bag.
• Pretty Things For My Bedroom. A girly-girl’s dream where guests create a name banner, bed caddy and a pillow with either a silhouette or a peace applique.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Davis offers many more fun-filled options to choose from.
Davis said the first day of the weeklong camp is spent getting used to the sewing equipment and making sure they’re being safely operated. Returning campers have a leg up, but often will help the new kids or spend that time refining their skills.
Each day there is three-hour sewing period with a break included in the middle.
Camps run June through August. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The highlight of each session is the Friday fashion show, where campers get to flaunt what they’ve made.
“They come up with some really neat designs,” Davis said. “And it’s impressive sometimes what the 7-year-olds can do.”
Sew Fun! Parties and More also offers adult sewing schools, birthday or other parties for all ages; “sewing social” events; and private lessons, but this summer, the camps will be a fun alternative for the creative children.
Each session starts at $165. Some materials cost extra. Davis said campers are usually 7 to 15 years old and most sessions have between eight to 12 people, although some have had much more.
“I have people who call me and say, ‘I can’t wait to come to your camp,”’ Davis said. “I had some kids like that last year and they were so excited to be able to come. That was really exciting for me.
“However it is I think they have fun, they get something out of it and that’s the important thing.”
Want to know more?
Sew! Fun Parties and More is located at 8155 Ardrey Kell Road, Suite 103. For more info, you can call 980-297-6008, visit their website www.sewfunparties.com, or email email@example.com.