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Lesson Plans

a few thoughts on sewing with kids

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Betty Bowen (
Mon, 4 Oct 1999 09:50:06 -0500

For fun small hand-sewn things, may I recommend Martha Stewart? Her
instructions are so clear and the projects usually very simple - finishing
edges on cloth napkins, felt Christmas stockings, using grommets and twine
with cloth napkins to make pillowcases. To me, she's like my old 4-H leader
writ large.

Ever see the potatoes made of panty hose, stuffing, and a few dimples, then
a pair of wiggly eyes? pretty funny and a good place to start - start with
potatoes then work up to faces, then how to make a body, then dress the
body. I remember thinking I was absolutely brilliant the first time I used
those materials to make a face that seemed to take on a personality all its
own! (lead in to puppets - muppets, etc?)

Simple felt shapes stitched on felt with contrasting color buttonhole
stitches around the edges is a popular thing right now, even just circles on
circles on circles. It is very simple and looks great and ties in with
several cross-cultural textile traditions. There are patterns "out there"
for very stylish tiny felt purses made with buttonhole stitch with long yarn
(or twisted cord) straps. Look at any good needlework shop. This is also
good for decorating purchased mittens - better yet, make mittens! (nordic
fleece and elastic)