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.
Goals – Students should…
- What sewing is
- 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
- Beads for embellishing design
- Buttons for eyes
- 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?
- Student questions
- Group discussions
- Oral responses to essential questions
- At least one finished sewing sampler