Historic Sewing 201: Make Baby Booties

Historic Sewing 201: Make Baby Booties 

As the Revolutionary War ended, a new generation of Americans (including Philip Hamilton) was born. Their parents beat swords into plowshares. One remarkable example of this practice is a pair of baby booties owned by the Museum of the American Revolution. According to the family of James Davenport, a Revolutionary veteran, his wife used the wool of a captured British red coat. In this workshop, participants will hand-sew copies of the Davenport baby booties to take home to their own young Revolutionaries. 

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century dress and what it reveals about the Revolution in this hands-on workshop. Spend the day learning traditional skills and working with your hands, beginning with a close look at objects in the Museum’s Galleries as inspiration for your own creations. Then, try your hand at creating your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of the 18th-century trades and meet others while discovering new talents in making and doing.

Prior sewing experience is suggested but not required in this workshop suitable for adults.

Artisan Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. Learn about upcoming workshops here.  

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