I’ve mentioned previously that High School Home Economics class left my sewing confidence bruised and battered.
Enter my Sewing Yoda, Trixi.
She gave me the confidence to sew a zombie rabbit softie. True story.
And now look at me! Being all cocky because I let 27 Grade 3 students loose with needles as a part of Trixi’s Sew a Softie for Christmas campaign.
Here’s how it went down…
I opened the lesson with the pompous line of “Today, guys, I’m going to teach you a very important life skill.” Oh yes I did.
I then showed them how to thread a needle and was wildly elated when most of them easily mastered this skill. It was also interesting to see which students piped up with “My mum/grandma has taught me how to do this!” (5 in total.)
I instructed them to stitch until about two-thirds of the way round the circle.
At this point, we added our stuffing. Of course I had left the stuffing at home so we had to improvise. Old felt scraps and tissues. We’re basically the MacGyvers of Sewing.
Once the sewing was complete, students had free reign over some craft glue and a craft box filled with sparkly items. Look at how individual they all are! Check out that cute reindeer! And the little turtle!
See that little yellow bauble? The student painstakingly embroidered his initial onto the reverse side. When I returned from farewelling the students for the holidays, I found a gorgeous note on my desk gifting the bauble to me. Oh my heart!
Once students had completed their baubles, I let them go wild with whatever they could find in the fabric scraps bag. Their creations were truly fabulous. Like this lovingly-sewn stocking…
This would be a super cute DIY gift idea to parcel up and give to little friends for Christmas. I’m having a love affair with recycling yoghurt tubs at the moment. You could add all the sparkly things and items required in a little tub and wrap it all up to make a creative gift.
For oodles of inspiration, make sure you check out all the other tutorials running as a part of Sew a Softie Christmas.