Since the Spring season began, Club 4/5 has been busy doing Sewing Club every Tuesday inside or in the forest, depending on the weather.
During these days, the children talk about the materials they are using, like needles, colors of thread or what kind of fabrics they chose, scissors, pins, safety pins, ribbon, measure, pencil, paper etc.
We reminded ourselves the rules of sewing: know where your needle is, be safe, remember that nothing is perfect, and take your time to sew.
The children created their own stuffy animals, a donut, mini purses, pillows, etc. As they worked through each project, they practiced the running stitch, back stitch, and cutting fabric using the patterns. Many children mentioned that they were excited, as these were new skills for them.
Lets talk a little about what the running stitch and back stitch are.
A running stitch is when you thread the needle and tie a knot at the end, then insert the needle through the fabric and bring it back up the top side from the bottom side of the fabric. Keep stitching in that way and the same length until you finish and tie the last knot.
A back stich is when you thread the needle and tie a knot at the end again, but this time you push the needle through the fabric and go back to the front to create the first stitch, bring again the needle into the fabric and go into the fabric behind the thread of the previous stitch etc. after you make a knot for finishing.
For the upcoming weeks, we plan to learn the blanket and cross stitches. We will sew a bag, make-up bag, head band or a dress for dolly, to practice how to insert the elastic with safety pin in the bag, and how to add buttons or beads onto our projects.