Life Skills

Needlecraft 3/Beginning Sewing: Make a Diagonal Stitch Coaster on Plastic Canvas!

In this one-time class, we create a colorful drink coaster with yarn, plastic canvas and a tapestry needle – with lots of ideas for future diagonal projects to complete on your own. This is the THIRD in a series of Needlecraft classes.
187 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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55 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

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Class Experience

Students will learn the basics of the life skill of sewing: how to thread a needle, how to manipulate the yarn/thread through a fabric (in our case, plastic canvas) and that sewing can be a decorative art as well as a practical skill.  We will talk about safety when using needles and how to store them carefully at the end of a stitching session.  Learners will understand how to read a stitch diagram and how to create their own using graph paper.  Learners will know the running stitch is useful for clothing construction and repair, and that the diagonal stitch is a variation of the running stitch and can be used for ornamentation and mending.  Students will learn to gauge the length of their stitches to create a decorative needlework pattern.
I have been a needlesmith for decades, and have worked with young learners and plastic canvas in dozens of classrooms.  I have two cameras in my classroom setup, and my bird's eye camera lets learners clearly see my hands -- something we usually don't have in the traditional in-person classroom!
*one piece of #7 plastic canvas in the color of choice.  We will be using only part of this canvas.
*worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors.  This is the standard Red Heart sized yarn from craft stores.
*blunt tapestry/yarn needle.  Please choose one that goes easily through the plastic canvas.  Metal needles are easier to use and slide through the canvas more easily.  Plastic needles eventually break at they eye.  I like size #16 steel blunt tapestry needles and these are easy to find on the internet.
*scissors, for snipping yarn and for cutting the canvas to size
*graph paper, which can easily be printed from the internet
*crayons, markers or colored pencils for graphing designs
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will be using scissors to cut the plastic canvas and to snip the ends of the yarn.  Students will be using a blunt tapestry/yarn needle, which will be either plastic or metal.  They are not sharp, but we need to mind the pointy end.


Ms. Diane Sutliff
Lives in the United States
Make Something With Your Hands Every Day!
187 total reviews
184 completed classes

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