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Dolls- Let's Make Upcycled Doll Clothes! Hand Sewing Camp

In this class, students will learn how to disassemble, cut, and hand sew unwanted clothing and household items into fantastic doll fashions!
Denise Freisberg
533 total reviews for this teacher
94 reviews for this class
Completed by 401 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
55 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
7-11
year olds
3-7
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Growing up as the fifth girl in my family had its benefits. I always had an abundance of hand-me-down dolls and hand-me-down clothing! I was dressing my dolls in found fabrics before I started kindergarten. I hope to inspire kids to consider ways to re-use items before casting them aside. 
Sessions #2, 3, and 4 use patterns and instruction sheets. These are uploaded to the classroom upon the close of each previous session, and should be printed out before class begins (the student is also encouraged to cut the paper pieces apart in advance). It is very important for your student to have their pattern in order to participate in these projects.

In addition, students will be asked to bring special objects to classes 2 and 5:

For class #2, we will be making a circle skirt. Students will be asked to find something stretchy that can be used as a waistband; for example, the neckband from the T-shirt from class #1, the top of a sock, or an elastic headband. What they bring must be easy to sew through. They will also be asked to find an item to use as a dressmaker's dummy that is approximately as big around as their doll's hips (Barbie- 6", Wellie Wisher- 8", American Girl- 12"). Examples: An old gift card or a glue bottle often works for Barbie. For the larger dolls, common household items such as deli containers or soap bottles are often a good fit. 

For class #5 (students may choose 1-2 or bring all three):
*an old sock or two for sock clothing
*a couple of 9"-12" round balloons for the balloon swimsuit
*Sharpie pens for drawing design on T-shirt; if student wishes to do Sharpie tie-dye, they will need rubbing alcohol, an eyedropper or drinking straw, and a shallow dish (not your fancy stuff, please) to keep their work surface dry and protect it from ink.

 2 files available upon enrollment
Students will need: *A "model." Patterns will be provided in three sizes: Barbie (11-12" doll), Wellie Wisher (14-15" doll), and American Girl (18" doll). Other sizes may be available with advance notice. These should be printed out before class starts. *1-2 old t-shirts (preferably two different colors) to use for fabric *A few old socks (lightweight ankle or longer socks work best)- this is a great way to use those orphaned socks from the laundry! *Thread in desired color/s, standard sewing needles *Scissors that will cut fabric easily (there will be some tiny pieces to cut, and it's easy for new sewers to become frustrated) *Straight pins *A seam ripper *A ballpoint pen *A safe place, such as a plastic bin, to store items between classes Note: Adult "helpers" are welcome for students who need assistance, but should remain off-camera (per Outschool policy). For class #2, we will be making a circle skirt. Students will be asked to find something stretchy that can be used as a waistband; for example, the neckband from the T-shirt from class #1, the top of a sock, or an elastic headband. What they bring must be easy to sew through. They will also be asked to find an item to use as a dressmaker's dummy that is approximately as big around as their doll's hips (Barbie- 6", Wellie Wisher- 8", American Girl- 12"). Examples: An old gift card or a glue bottle often works for Barbie. For the larger dolls, common household items such as deli containers or soap bottles are often a good fit. For class #5 (students may choose 1-2 or bring all three): *an old sock or two for sock clothing *a couple of 9"-12" round balloons for the balloon swimsuit *Sharpie pens for drawing design on T-shirt; if student wishes to do Sharpie tie-dye, they will need rubbing alcohol, an eyedropper or drinking straw, and a shallow dish (not your fancy stuff, please) to keep their work surface dry and protect it from ink. Not required, but nice to have: *a thimble *a needle threader *fabric trims/scraps/yarn for decorating garments *Velcro (the sew-in type) *tiny snaps/hooks and eyes *embroidery thread Sessions #2, 3, and 4 use patterns and instruction sheets. These are uploaded to the classroom upon the close of each previous session, and should be printed out before class begins (the student is also encouraged to cut the paper pieces apart in advance). It is very important for your student to have their pattern in order to participate in these projects. Some garment patterns provided with permission from ChellyWood, Pixie Faire, and DollSaga. These websites have a fantastic variety of free doll-sized patterns: https://chellywood.com/doll-patterns/ https://www.pixiefaire.com/collections/free-doll-clothes-patterns https://dollsaga.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/diy-t-shirt-pattern-for-barbie/
4 hours 35 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This class is also available in a weekly format: https://outschool.com/classes/lets-make-upcycled-doll-clothes-45iUM657#uswUvIAGhw .

*Extensive background knowledge is not required for this course, but it is highly recommended that the student be able to cut shapes, thread a needle, tie a knot and sew a simple running stitch independently. It is not required for students to work on projects outside of class, but they are welcome do so if desired! 

*If cutting patterns and hand sewing are new concepts to your student, your student could benefit from a more basic class (such as "Let's Make Stuffies!), or a nearby helper (offscreen per Outschool policy). 

*Students are encouraged to practice needle threading, knot tying, and sewing a running stitch independently, in order to help them to feel more successful during the class sessions. 
These videos show how to thread a needle and tie a knot:
https://youtu.be/cuP5fu_xpuo
https://youtu.be/RycqcXvRZvc
This video shows the running stitch:
https://youtu.be/W4nhj8kMpAI?t=11

Sessions #2, 3, and 4 use patterns and instruction sheets. These are uploaded to the classroom upon the close of each previous session, and should be printed out before class begins (the student is also encouraged to cut the paper pieces apart in advance). It is very important for your student to have their pattern in order to participate in these projects.

New to the Zoom platform? You might wish to bookmark this troubleshooting page: https://support.outschool.com/en/articles/2133758-live-class-troubleshooting-tips-for-parents?fbclid=IwAR0rPpF9V4FlwS6jSlmgXbjDpgeh7W1wSO3cmf61xmSwA25Y_xNB3hW8guo .

Teacher

Denise FreisbergVeteran ELA teacher. Empress of Electives. Khaleesi of Crafts.
533 total reviews
522 completed classes

About Me

I taught middle and high school level English for 26 years, and online ESL for three. In addition, I'm an experienced cake decorator and an avid crafter with many hours of coursework in the arts. I've been on Outschool since 2017, and I'm... 
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