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This resource is a stitch. Kids learn the basics of hand and machine sewing, how to sew on buttons, how to construct and repair clothing, and how to use patterns to create decorative ornaments.
Students practice simple hand sewing techniques to repair clothing using various stitches and techniques for sewing a button to fabric. They design and create a fabric collage that includes at least one button, two types of hand...
Sew up a unit on solar energy with a hands-on project. Groups sew LED lights on clothing using conductive thread. Solar modules attached to a helmet provide the energy for the lights. A final presentation gives learners the opportunity...
Students explore marketing strategies while producing a hand-sewn puppet. They obtain information about child care and safety as well as basic hand sewing techniques.
Students explore controlling the sewing machine and improve eye-hand and foot coordination by successfully working on enjoyable stitching activities and follow written sewing instructions and become familiar with sewing terminology.
Students master skills before sewing on their projects. They watch a demonstration on how to make each of these samples and apply correct techniques for inserting zippers (centered, lapped, fly, or exposed/sport). The discover how to do...
Learners experience sewing by hand. They discover and demonstrate the techniques necessary to make the Crown of Cherries block, a pattern transfer, applique placement and needleturn applique and perfect circles. They also observe some...
Running low on money? Out of ideas for gifts? Feeling crafty? Whatever the reason may be, homemade gifts are perfect for the creative person or the person trying to save a dollar here and there. Packed with hands-on crafts for kids, the...
Students, using the "Oh Sew Easy" book, create a duvet cover. Along with the duvet cover they create a a shower curtain. Students perform the hands on activity by using fabric and a sewing machine.
Young scholars are introduced the techniques of hand quilting. After viewing a demonstration, they practice the same skills in which to successfully create a quilt. They share their creation with the class and offer constructive...
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Calories are not tiny creatures that sew your clothes tighter every night, but what are they? A science lesson, presented at multiple levels, has learners experiment with heat, heat transfer, and graph the function over time. It also...
Fifth graders examine the history of quilt making as it relates to the principles of form and function during the Colonial time. In this "A Stitch in Time" Quilting lesson plan, 5th graders select a pattern to create a multi block quilt....
Just like a painting or the symbols on a flag, quilts can express ideas that reflect a cultural context, space, and time. The class discusses the history of quilt making throughout US history and what different types of quilts mean. They...
Students practice basic sewing procedures such as measuring, using cutting board with grid, cutting using rotary cutter, threading sewing machine, and sewing straight line and backstitch. Students then cut fabric into squares to common...
Students view a sample notebook of different types of clothing and techniques. In groups, they practice using the techniques to create their own sample notebooks. To end the lesson, they are introduced to more advanced sewing techniques...
This activity could be used in a home economics class to teach learners about sewing and clothing. Using this 10 question worksheet, learners explore the function of a sewing machine, and plan a project.
Plankton isn't just a tiny cartoon character, it's also a very important food source for animals around the world. Budding scientists discuss the types and functions of plankton, including where they are found, how they are caught, and...
Teach children that just because something is old, doesn't mean you have to throw it away with a reading of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. Engaging children with an arts and crafts activity in which they patch the holes in...
No GPS allowed! High school scientists continue to explore magnetic fields with a hands-on activity. After mapping the ambient magnetic field in the classroom and completing data analysis, they write about the similarities and...
Students will create a garden with specific fabrics to a set grid (p 73) to fit the pull-out pattern of the gate. This pattern will be transferred onto the foreground which in turn will be basted onto the garden. A hand needle-turn...
Students create a to-go bag for people on the go. After cutting out the bag, lining, insulation, and the flap they apply the interfacing, then sew, add finishing touches, flap and closures. They then show their finished bags.
Third graders identify and practice sewing a dashed line in an arch shape. They identify with five new facts about quilts, women, and the community of Gee's Bend. Finally, 3rd graders complete the quilt top, batting and backing together.
Students create a bright and busy quilt to visually stimulate an infant or toddler. They use both hand applique and machine applique to piece together colorful scraps using many different shapes and patterns.
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