School may be out, but summer 2017 will still be alive with learning when kids hit the road to participate in Row by Row Experience’s brand new program, Row by Row Jr. It’s for kids ages 6 to 14 and follows the same schedule as adult Row by Row. Kids travel along with an adult, collect free row patterns designed just for them to make, and learn to sew at home with family help and support from www.rowbyrowexperience.com. Find participating shops here.
We created free downloadable materials and tutorials to make this summer experience the best ever. We’ll be adding more daily as we approach June 21, the first day of Row by Row Experience 2017.
Find Road Trip Journal writing here. Activity Sheets part 1–Drawing What You Saw and Thread Collection here. Part 2–Rover and his swatch sweater here. Part 3–Let’s Sew Curves and Sewing Dot to Dot here.
The Row by Row Junior program includes five appealing row patterns. Shops choose one (or more) of these patterns as their free pattern handout. Row by Row designed the patterns so you can be sure they are kid friendly. Have fun traveling to collect all five. Make it an adventure to see how shops creatively use different fabrics to make up their chosen row. Enjoy the experience at each shop you visit.
Some shops will have only one row pattern available as their free pattern handout. Others will have multiple row patterns for kids to choose from. Shops had many options for offering the Junior program this first year and they chose the way that best fit their business. This is all good.
Most shops will have kits for at least one row design. Some will have multiple row kits available. Anyone can purchase a kit, not just kids. Parents can buy them. Family members can bring them home as souvenirs. You can buy them for yourself because they’re so cute and easy. Kits should include the pattern in them. Kit prices will vary based on the fabrics used, trims included, pre-cut shapes provided, and special packaging.
Here are the 2017 Row by Row On the Go Junior Row prototypes, top to bottom in photo below:
Friendship Bracelets – It’s always better to go with friends.
High Tops – We all need cool shoes when we’re on the go.
Rover – Go fetch, Rover!
Arrows – Let’s go this way.
Big Wheels – They can take us where ever we want to go.
Our Row by Row Junior mission:
We want to enhance your Row by Row Experience with “kid friendly” educational materials that foster the love of fabric and machine sewing, strengthen inter-generational family relationships, and support local quilt shops everywhere.”
Kids can! All they need is opportunity, practice, a few good tools, and a willing adult.
Learn more about the Row by Row Junior Program here.
Let us know how you like Row by Row Junior. Share your experiences with us. Leave a comment below.
Jeannette Kitlan, your Row by Row Junior author and designer.