Find times that allow them to explore. Sew when they are around. You would be surprised what they want to be a part of.
Here Caiden is under 2 but wanted to be a part of what his brothers were doing:
When my daughter’s boys were 7, 5, 3 and 1, they all wanted to sit on my lap and watch me hand sew some embroidery. It was difficult to get anything done, especially as they squirmed and wiggled to get the best viewing spot. As hard as it was not to tell them go play, I let them climb, wiggle and ask questions. The embroidery is always going to be there, young boys will not stay young for long.
I got very little sewing done with those boys on my lap, but I realized it was more about the interest than my progress. Now, several years later when they come to visit they want to sew. Or should I say play…. (they made the pillows).
Third, note that their interest will vary. Not all the boys stayed the entire time while I was working on my embroidery. Two of them quickly found other things to do, another would come and go, and the 4th didn’t leave my side the entire time.
How to get them interested?
When they ask you to make them something, suggest they make it or something similar that is within their age, interest and skill range.
Give them tasks that are easy for them to do. Here is Grace picking scraps to stuff the pillow she made.
Child, “Grandma will you make a quilt for my doll?”
Me, “Sure, but how about we make one together, let’s pick out some fabric for you to use. What color would you like?”
So far the grandchildren (and mostly boys) have wanted to sew and more than once. And my daughter said her boys refer to me as the “sewing grandma.” Leave a legacy.
Passing on an heirloom skill, on the journey. Jackie