I have always had a soft spot for sewing in the classroom. I love the serenity such activity evokes and appreciate the fine motor and concentration skills it develops. Last year, the children in my class were introduced to a set of Sewing Drawers which have since become very popular in our classroom. When I first made the drawers, I never suspected we would have so much interest and so many eager sewers! In recent weeks, our class has seen an even bigger increase in sewing activities - what better time to introduce a second set of sewing drawers?
The next set of drawers is housed in identical three-sectioned bins. The first drawer contains necessary materials to sew a button, the second drawer is for making a bracelet (with a button), and the last drawer is for making a small pillow.
|Sewing Drawers: The left side contains the first set of drawers; the right set contains the latest additions:|
|Top drawer: Sewing a Button|
The drawer contains one hoop with felt, extra felt pieces in the back, small box with buttons, a needle, small scissors, and thread (wrapped around the clothespin).
|Middle Drawer: Making a Bracelet|
This drawer contains strips of prepared felt (see below) for the bracelets, various wooden buttons, a needle, scissors, and thread.
|I cut a small opening for a button hole toward the top of each strip...|
|…and placed a small dot with marker toward the bottom for button placement.|
|The materials are brought to a workspace on this tray.|
|And, here is the bracelet! |
|Bottom Drawer: Making a Small Pillow|
The drawer contains squares of fabric, a box of batting, and needle, scissors, and thread.
|Here is the small pillow my son made as I was setting up the classroom.|
The children will be excited to see these new additions to their sewing options and I am looking forward to watching their skills expand. Call me old fashioned, but knowing how to sew a button has got to one life's most practical skills and I am proud my students will have this knowledge! :-)