One of our lunchtime clubs is a sewing group for Grade 5 and 6 students. We have a regular attendance of 4 boys and 4 girls who began working on a pin cushion just to get started on using a sewing needle and talking about fabric basics.
They then progressed to a stuffed toy – this involved selecting the fabric and toy design, tracing the pattern, cutting out the fabric, sewing it up on the sewing machine, filling with stuffing, hand sewing the opening closed, and finally attaching button eyes and the ears by hand sewing. All the students eagerly attempted all aspects of the toymaking and were happy with their results.
The next technique we are now trying is applique – again this involves choosing the fabric and applique design, tracing the design onto the special adhesive paper, ironing the design onto the back of the chosen fabric, cutting out the design, ironing it again onto a plain calico square, and then finally blanket stitching around the edge of the design.