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Hallie Bancroft – nine-year-old sewing aficionado
What first got you interested in sewing?
I used to watch my grandma (Jan Hyman) when she was sewing and I’d play with her spare bits of fabric, arranging them on some wadding. Grandma thought it looked good so she threaded the needle for me and showed me what to do.
What was the first thing you made?
It was a quilt, not a full-sized one, but it was just right for my twin dolls. I also made them a nightie each. Grandma bought me a craft book and I like to have a different project every holidays.
What else have you made?
I made some cupcakes out of felt. Grandma helped me a little bit, but I did most of the sewing and decorated each one with a different top. When they were all made we put them on a plate with a doily and they looked real enough to eat.
What does your mum think of all this?
She’s never really been a sewer, but now she’s signed up for a beginner’s class at Blueberries. We’re going to the Craft Fair at Darling Harbour later this year and I’m really excited about that.