Welcome to Eunoia Kids Patterns by Eunoia Design Group! I’m passionate about passing on the art of sewing, not just to other adults who’ve never had the opportunity to learn, but also to the next generations. I’ve written curriculum in the corporate world, non-profit sector and feel like I do it daily as a homeschooling mother of 3 (elementary, middle & a high schooler)!
It wasn’t till I was an adult that I realized I didn’t process information the same way as was expected of me. Reading a manual, or instructions, no matter how adept at the subject matter, was difficult. Being a hands on learner written information must be broken down and presented in the most basic, straightforward way possible for me to best soak in and fully retain it.
What does this have to do with patterns and sewing you may ask? There are many patterns on the market designed for beginners. Many of them (our own included) do still assume that the reader has a certain base level of information about sewing itself. The vocabulary, syntax and illustrations are also typically geared towards an adult reader.
The patterns that we will produce have all been read and reviewed by various elementary and middle school educators. The L1 patterns are currently rated at a 1st-3rd grade reading level and L2 patterns at a 4th – 6th grade reading level. The vocabulary is easier, however at times the syntax and sentence length brings the reading level higher.
Here are a few reasons to use Eunoia’s Patterns for Kids:
The Patterns for Kids staff is made up of a team whose job experiences include education, pattern design, engineering, photography & graphic arts, and business and administration. We also have several volunteer & contracted grade school teachers who work with us to review and evaluate each pattern’s vocabulary and syntax for age appropriate reading level.
Are you a sewing instructor? Eunoia Kids Patterns gives multi ebook discounts for teachers and schools. For more information on obtaining a Educator Discount please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level 0 - Practice Sheets. Level 1 - Pattern is kept to 10-15 Steps with basic straight lines, easy curves, pivots and stops. Level 2 - This pattern could have many steps and more advanced techniques but they are delivered using a 4-6th grade reading level.
We've modified our pattern pieces to make them even easier! We still have numbered pages and alpha-numeric targets but we've made a few additions. We've added a dotted line for them to match the targets then just line the page up against the dotted line. We've also added an image, on one of the first few pages, that shows them what the final pieced pattern will look like.
Not only do the patterns have very detailed photographs, they also include lots, and lots of graphic illustrations. If we were able to explain something in a graphic, we did.
We've added extra's on the pattern pieces like the "Stop and Pivot" shown here.
Our patterns include step pictures, like most PDF patterns. In addition to those step pictures, We have also included kids, just like them, sewing that exact stage of the project. By adding this little detail it keeps it relevant. It encourages them. It also helps build confidence by seeing another child and not an adult.
We can't tell you all our secrets! Our goals are to engage, be relevant and encourage creativity through their beautiful thinking!