Sewing is very much on my and my students’ minds since Harvest Moon, our annual auction. If you missed it, or aren’t already a member of our school’s community, Harvest Moon is our annual fundraiser. Each of the classrooms makes a project for the auction. This year, I made a quilt with my students. Students got really into the whole process, from ironing:
to embroidering quilt squares:
While I love Montessori Services various sewing works, the two that I’ve been thinking about adding to my classroom are the Individual Sewing Basket and the Button Sewing Exercise. After all, I work with students who are a little more confident in their sewing skills and want to take their skills to the next creative level.
Since I have many of the items in the baskets pictured above, I plan to assemble my own sewing baskets. Additional items I’d like to purchase are pictured below:
In addition to using excess scraps of fabric for the students to sew with, I’d also like to have a stock of felt for them to turn into pillows, wallets and ornaments. It’s forgiving, cheap and colorful–the perfect medium for novice sewers.
I love cards like these with simple, straightforward diagrams and instructions. They’d be a handy addition to any embroidery basket.
I learned about these sewing cards from no less a person than my esteemed niece. The cards are not only a cute project, but they teach different stitches in a simple, easy-to-understand format.
And here is a collection of hand-sewing projects from around the web that I think would be great to have samples of on the shelf as inspiration for their own projects:
Here are the projects (from top left):
- Tic Tac Toe (Scholastic)
- Birdy Pillow (Better Homes & Gardens)
- Precious Pincushion (Better Homes & Gardens)
- How to Make a Pencil Case (eHow)
- Simple Pouch (Better Homes & Gardens)
- Spring Sachets (Pink Pistachio)
I’ve also been researching sewing works that other teachers have assembled for their shelves. I love this one from How We Montessori:
On the Shelf: A Picture Diary of Work in Our Montessori Classroom came up with the charming idea of sewing prayer flags:
Finally, the North American Montessori Center has a sweet Earth Day/continent work project:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this foray into sewing in the Montessori classroom. I look forward to sharing the students’ projects with you!