Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Crafting On, Procrastinators Edition

During the summers for the past 6 or 7 years I have had the enjoyable experience to teach children's crafting camps.
This week marks the first of the summer.
Every beginning sewing class we make the same projects:
a needle book
a backpack
a pillowcase
and if there's time a patchwork pillow or quilt.

Yesterday I was cruising pinterest (I'm not the greatest pinterest user, I get kind of frustrated with the format of finding pins, searching out the original websites, blah blah blah, I guess I'm just an old-fashioned blog-reader at heart) and looked up some ideas for this week's class.
Since my class started in the afternoon I had a good 4 hours to whip up some fun projects to add to the mix this time around.
felt bookmark
tablet/book holder
Magic Pillowcase

The bookmark is such a sweet little project, it's nice to have hand work for the kids to do if they get ahead of the rest of the class.
The genius of it is that you can use the corners of the felt to make a nice clean right angle, and then you can make whatever shape you like on the third side.

For the tablet/book holder begin with a piece of cotton 18"x 16", folded right sides together along the longer side, so I was left with a folded piece that was 9"x 16".
Sew along two sides to make an L shape.
Trim the corners and turn right side out.
I marked a line 7 and 5 inches from the end in pencil to use as sewing lines.
After breaking two needles sewing along the edge of the stuffed section I opted for hand stitching.
I used two ziplock bags of rice, one in the pillow and another in the front, to weigh it down.

The magic pillowcase tutorial is linked above. It worked well for me, but it requires a high level of attention to detail, and control over one's machine.
In the end I only had one student opt for the pillowcase with a contrast band, so we'll see how it works with a beginner.

So, one might have done these things weeks ago, had one been aware that the class started this week, but that one isn't me.
Clearly I need the pressure of a deadline to get anything done.

Joining Nicole today, for KCCO
What's on your creative plate today?


  1. I love all of those projects. Teaching kids crafts - that sounds like a lot of work, but fun!

  2. Lovely projects and spending time with kids teaching craft sounds brilliant.