Archive | March, 2013

20 Minute Fabric Bags

31 Mar

I am the head of noon art at my children’s elementary school.  We have 20 minutes every other week to bring an interesting art project to approximately 150 to 175 kids.  It’s chaotic, fun and challenges me to come up with something that both boys and girls  aged 6 through 11 will find interesting.

I wound up getting a whole bunch of fabric from Fabmo.  I LOVE Fabmo!!  They have great fabric that is really affordable for the budget that I have been given.

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The kids cut the fabric, stapled the edges, placed tape over the staples and then added embellishments (pockets, handles, etc).

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This one is completely lined!  How cool is that?!

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Fancy Floral Pocket.

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Severa clutch type bags.  There were three students all working at this table and each of them made several of these bags.  I love it when they chat and collaborate on projects!!

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A first grader totally decorated her bag with the colored masking tape.  Gotta love the design.

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This is a second grade boy who created a bag with many different sections.  So very creative.  I could have included so many more photos – I have close to 75 different and fantastic bags – each one unique and special.

I am always amazed at what these students can accomplish and make in such a limited amount of time.  Can I say it again?  They are amazing!!

I just wish we had longer and I could really introduce them to sewing with a needle and thread, what if we had an hour, or two, or more…just think what they could do then.

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Fabulous knitting class this week!

29 Mar

This last Wednesday, we had a great knitting class.  The kids didn’t even really want to take a break in the middle – they were all concentrating on their projects and each other.Image

This is one of my 4th graders who is knitting a sampler scarf.  She has learned lace, ribbing, and is now working on seed stitch.  She loves this yarn – the softness and the color.  I think it’s so important to provide nice yarns and good tools for the kids to learn with.  It just makes the experience so much more pleasing and exciting for them.Image

This 2nd grader is working on a stuffed bear.  Her stitches are so even and smooth!!  Just look at the way she added on that new color to transition from the top of the shorts to the shirt for the torso part.  She has already completed both legs.  I just can’t believe the progress she has made!Image

The second grader who is working on this is so fun!  She finished her sampler scarf and then wanted to start something completely different. I taught her the basket weave stitch and asked her what she had in mind.  She told me she wants to knit up a whole lot of different colored squares and then sew them together to make a small blanket for one of her dolls.  How cool is that?!!Image

The above photo is near and dear to my heart.  These two students are discussing and helping each other with their knitting.  One of them thought she had made  a mistake and the other one was taking a close look and advising her.  I am so proud of them!!  They have reached a new level in their knitting and I couldn’t be happier for them.

 

These are just a few examples of how knitting class went this week.  I can’t wait for our next class to see what they have in store for me!

First sewing project for sewing camp!

25 Mar

The very first thing we do in sewing camp is talk about safety.  One of those safety items is always knowing where your needle is.  SOoooo…..the first project is a little needle book.  If you are not using your needles, it should be stored safely in your book.

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We start with a piece of felt – the kids learn how to trace a simple pattern.

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Next they get to choose a button for the closure.

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Sometimes, that can be a challenge!

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I have a pretty big box filled to capacity with all kids of great buttons!

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But in the end, they will find the perfect button for their needle book

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After attaching their button and some fun embellishment, they have a lovely needle book that is perfect for them!!

Look at what I have been up to!

21 Mar

Today was such an exciting day for me!!  I started pulling out all of my fun fabrics to check what I have and what I still need to add to make sewing camp the best ever for my students!Image

Just look at those yummy fabrics!  All 100% cotton so they are very easy to work with and sew on like a dream.

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More fabric….

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Even more fabric.  Do you see that denim up there?  I just love denim – such cute things can be created by using a bit of denim.

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You really simply can not have too much fabric :o)

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I really must stop here lest one thinks I have a slight fabric addiction!  Samples of projects offered in sewing camp coming soon!

Tin Can Robots!

14 Mar

 

 

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Tin Can Robots was the order of the day at noon art.  These robots were made entirely of recycled materials and the kids had such a blast!!

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As you can see, no two were the same.  Approximately 200 students were in the MP Room making these creations – students from 1st grade right up through 5th grade.  They all loved it!!  Parents sometimes ask me if their older kids will get bored of these “simple” arts and crafts and I always give them a resounding “No Way!”.  Kids are starving for art – and art that they have the freedom to create whatever is in their own imaginations (not directed art) is exactly what they are looking for.  They love the relaxed atmosphere, no expectations of a certain way their project should look in the end, and the freedom to create whatever they wish.  

There are quite a few students who come in for art and use the supplies in new ways and make something completely different than the example.  I LOVE this!!

I can’t wait for the next time I get to teach art – Oh wait, I am lucky – I get to do this almost everyday.  

 

New Wristwarmers!

10 Mar

ImageNewly finished wrist warmers.  How exciting for this 4th grader!

 

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