I love making anything with my hands. So when my six-year-old son asks, “Can we make me an Ant-Man costume?”, my answer is always going to be an enthusiastic, “Yeah we can!”
There was a time when I would take control of these projects. I’d Google images of Ant-Man, obsess about the right fabric and approach, until I found myself sitting at the sewing machine alone, while my son had long since moved on to his Legos.
Now I understand that my job is to dump a bag of fabric out on the table and as my son says, “Just stop freaking out so much about it.” Sure, I help with the sewing machine. He drives the pedal and I keep my fingers out of the way and try not to sweat the fact that the bobbin tension is completely out of whack.
Our new laissez-faire family craft time doesn’t mean I’ve stopped seeking out fresh ideas and inspiration for projects. Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids offers a bonanza of ideas for kids and parents. I just make sure to check my inner Martha when it’s time to get gluing.
Side by Side by Tsia Carson is a great resource for matching projects that parents and kids can do separately but together. One particularly endearing kid-project involves embroidering a leaf. This is a woman who knows about managing expectations!
And when I just want to be inspired, blogger and illustrator Merrilee Liddiard’s Playful is so Anthropologie-beautiful I could weep. But then I’ll get over it, enjoy watching my son dart about in what only started out as an Ant-Man costume, and “just stop freaking out so much about it.”