March 2015 archive

Sewing phone cases with year twos

Last week I was happy to help out with two year two classes and was most impressed with their work with the needle (they didn’t stick themselves too much!), colour choices (great contrasting threads!), and design features (flaps, button closures -you name it! ) …..

They really challenged themselves…Colour me impressed!

A BIG thank you to the teachers and children for an enjoyable week of stitch :)

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Never underestimate the imagination of a child…I needed a bit of inspiration from the partial solar eclipse.

 

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It is important to make a teaching sample first to find any pitfalls…of course they all want to make them quickly, but one tip for next time might be to decorate them before sewing the sides up. An excellent book: Fairy Things to Stitch and Sew by Usborne Activities.

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Flap or no flap ? The flap was a great place to add stitch – buttons, cross- stitch and applique.

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The children learned couching, applique, straight stitch, and blanket stitch. Sewed on buttons and beads and shapes…looked at geometric design and making up their  own shapes, like this appliqued dinosaur – GREAT!

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Pretty contrasting threads ! Top tip: a needle threader- an adult’s skill level is measured by how fast one can thread a needle ! :)

 

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Super Big pompom

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Pom-Poms have surely never been so popular. So I guess my first post had to be about a pom-pom. :)
Here is a quick way of creating a pom-pom using no extra tools but your hand and a pair of scissors.

Here I have used SMC Super Big wool, 100% acrylic.

1. cut a length of wool you would like to tie it with – about 30 cm +
2. put this between your fingers.
3. start wrapping around your hand.
4. cut off the wool when you get a full amount – about 10 wrap-arounds for chunky yarn/wool.
5. use the original length of wool you first put between your fingers to tie around the middle of your bundle.
6. make sure you have even lengths on both sides, then tie tightly, and double knot.
7. now start to trim it, cutting the loops, then “styling” your pom-pom to make it more even.

8. optional:  you can spray it with glitter or  a light spray of hairspray to set it.

Uses: tie it round your wrist; hang it from a door knob; put it on top of a wooly hat; string more together for bunting,  or cut the tie to the length of your pom-pom, and like Rainbows leader Sally says…glue on googly eyes and feet !

Happy Pom-Pom making !!Rainbows' rainbow creatures

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Rainbows’ rainbow creature makes!

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Rainbows had lots of fun with this make.

For more advanced shaping, cut your pom-pom into a heart - I sprayed with glitter glue to set the shape-great practice for giving a haircut to a poodle ! :) kx

For more advanced shaping, cut your pom-pom into a heart – I sprayed with glitter glue to set the shape-great practice for giving a haircut to a poodle ! :) kx

-Karen x