3rd Grade – Colorful, Fun Basic Sewing Sampler

3rd Grade – Colorful, Fun Basic Sewing Sampler

Description of the Unit – Students will learn basic sewing techniques to sew a simple image onto burlap

Activity statement – Sewing is an important basic skill for students to have. In the California Standards for Visual Arts, 4th grade students should create a simple loom weaving design (Creative Expression 2.4). In order to prepare students for this kind of skill requiring hand-eye coordination and developed fine motors skills, I have my 3rd grade students learn to sew a simple image onto burlap, embellishing with other materials if they wish.

Searching for simple, yet amusing designs my 3rd graders would enjoy sewing, I found the idea for a chick design on Pinterest (of course). I would like to attribute the idea to the original poster of the chick sewing sampler, but I haven’t been able to trace the source. If you happen to read this and this is you, please contact me so that I may link back to you and attribute this design to you.

Photo of a 3rd grade student sewing the body of his baby chick on his sewing sampler
3rd Grade Art – A student completing the outline of his chickie’s body

Goals – Students should…

Understand:

  • What sewing is

Know:

  • How to sew a simple line stitch

Be able to:

  • Use a simple line stitch to sew an image
  • (Not required) use a simple cross stitch or other stitch to create simple patterns)

Objectives – Students will: practice sewing while completing an image of a chickie, embellishing with color, various stitches (optional), buttons and beads.

Resources and materials –

  • Yarn or embroidery thread in a variety of colors
  • Large embroidery needles. I like these: Plastic Needles
  • Finely woven burlap cut in 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 rectangular sections and with a simple image, such as a chick, fox or turtle, drawn in sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Beads for embellishing design
  • Buttons for eyes

Questions –

  • How can you make your design interesting (i.e., using differing colors and line-sewing patterns)?
  • Does the length of your stitch matter? Why or why not?
  • Does the space between each stitch change the look for your sewing? How?
  • What can you do to fill the negative space within your (chick, fox, etc.)?

Evaluation – Did students…

  • Complete one sewing sampler?
  • Did they take risks by using stitches other than a line stitch?
  • Did they play with pattern and color?
  • Did they embellish with beads and buttons?
  • How regular and controlled are the stitches?

Informal:

  • Student questions
  • Group discussions
  • Oral responses to essential questions
  • At least one finished sewing sampler
Four examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers
Two examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers
Three examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers
Three examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers
Three examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers
Four examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers
Two examples of 3rd grade students' sewing samplers depicting colorful, whimsical chickens
3rd Grade Art – Basic Sewing Samplers

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