Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sewing Class

This past spring, Holly and I, taught a 9 week Beginners Sewing Class for my local homeschooling group during our Spring session of Monday classes. We had a class of 7, which included 6 girls, and 1 boy. That poor boy was my son! We worked through the basics of the parts of a sewing machine, types of fabric, the difference between ironing and pressing, etc.
Their first project was a drawstring bag to carry their notions in.

Their second project was a Friendship Strip Quilt. They each brought in a light fabric and a dark fabric. We cut them into strips and passed out one strip of each fabric to each student. After sewing the strips together in their choice of order, they turned and topstitched a flannel backing, and finally a few lines of quilting to hold it all together.
We have a fine arts night at the end of the year. I called in a staff member from a local quilt shop, Creations Sew Clever, to judge the quilts. We provided the ribbons, and the quilt shop so kindly brought a goody bag for each student! They loved it!

Here are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

The students in class working hard...

This is my son, Aaron, with his finished quilt. He didn't get a ribbon...but she said his stitches were straight. He also did some fancy stitches for the quilting. But...

He is a boy after all. And what boy wouldn't want a cape instead of a quilt!
I proceeded to teach him how to make a buttonhole and sew on a button.
He now has a cape which everyone thinks is cool!

Thanks for stopping by!


Alexa said...

The cape is great...and I LOVE the pic!!!

kraftenkrazy3 said...

LOVE IT!!! I have wanted to do this for the last couple summers, but just couldn't get it together! Way to go!!!! Our kids totally need to be taught this non-video-gaming dying art of sewing!


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Mary Ellen said...

Thanks so much for voting for the arbor on the DIY club contest!!

Love your sewing class pictures!! I have been praying about doing something like this with some of the teenage girls in the town where we minister. Coming up with some sewing machines would be the first thing!

bee blessed

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