Friday, June 16, 2017

Maker Workshop: Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
Supplies
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Stitch by Stitch
  • Get Set, Sew
  • Make it
  • Made by Me
  • Crafty Dolls
  • Let's Sew
Promo:
We will be sewing a crafty creature and learning some basic sewing skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:

  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use sewing implements with minimal supervision (needles and sharp scissors)
  • Ability to thread a needle (needle threaders will be provided) and knot the end.
Introduction
  • On the chalkboard
    • Tools NOT toys - lecture about needle safety (all needles must be accounted for etc.)
    • Choose a project; what skills do you need? what materials do you need?
    • plan + pin THEN cut + sew
    • Mistakes are OK
    • Sewing is all about patience, planning, and focus
Evaluation
  • 6-16-17
    • Attendance: 15
    • Notes: I forgot sewing scissors again, but this time I had the option of cutting the felt with our die cut, which negated the need for scissors.
  • 6-17-16
    • Attendance: 16
    • Notes: This first maker workshop went well. I pulled out ziplock baggies for them to take their unfinished projects home with at the end. I had a volunteer and one aide, which meant one person per work table and it was the perfect size of a group. I do need to remember to bring more sewing scissors - I only had two pairs that were any good. Of course only one or two of the kids could actually thread a needle, but you can't say I didn't try....and several of them have learned some new skills!

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