Audrey has been showing interest in sewing again - a few weeks ago she asked to make a toy. Yes! After looking around for ideas (ie: me reigning in her wonderfully grand plans to something a little more suitable for a beginner), we settled on this bird (pattern from my book). She needed a little help wrangling the machine/following the pattern, but mostly managed it herself. When we've tried this kind of thing before it's ended in frustration on her part. Eight must be the magical sew-all-by-yourself age we were waiting for all along.