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They will never look back

Today we completed a spring sewing camp. Children come to learn to sew by hand and by machine and to make fun products to take home and learn new skills.


They make a few large products during the week. They specifically come to sew for hours on a machine. They also get to iron a lot and work independently without having someone peering over their shoulder all the time.


On the first day of the sewing camp we do introductions and I explain the rules to them. I treat them as responsible people and explain that after getting the rudimentary directions I expect them to work independently. The only time that I am strict at all is when I discuss safety rules with them. No working barefeet and when one is ironing the others have to keep their distance from the ironing board.


They go home with products and I mark off a V on skills that I have taught them.


Yoyos and buttons - hand sewing skills



owl doll and buttons for eyes


Cutting fabric for stuffing - teamwork and reuse of fabric scraps


fabric scraps in a bowl


Zippered pouch - sewing zippers


pink fabrics and zipper and fabric flowers


Creating patchwork fabric - Many hours of practice on the machine



girl sewing on a sewing machine


patchwork fabric


This week they created little owl dolls



fabric owl dolls


book marks



bookmarks


bookmarks


zippered pouches



zippered pouch and owl dolls


and backpacks



patchwork backpack


Patchwork back pack


. And I created new sewists.

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