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Stuffies- Let's Make Plushies for Every Season! Felt Sewing Camp

Students will learn basic hand sewing and pattern-reading skills to create felt toys.
Denise Freisberg
533 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
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Class
55 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 1 week
6-11
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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I started sewing doll clothes by hand before kindergarten. Hand sewing is an extremely useful skill, and sadly it isn't part of the curriculum in most schools. I will show your student that creating things by hand can be fun and easy. They will learn (without realizing it) how important it is to follow directions, to go through all of the steps, and to use a basic pattern as a starting point for creativity.
Your first two patterns can be downloaded/printed from the classroom; you will find them under my Welcome post. Patterns for classes 2-4 are posted on the Classroom page at the end of the previous session; these should be printed before class starts. A helper may wish to be nearby based on student's skill and/or patience level. If your student is still developing their cutting skills, it would be helpful if they could come to class with their felt pieces partially or fully cut out. Students will need: *Craft felt- most felts are ok, but there are some that are made extra stiff/extra thick, and other felts that have adhesive backs. These are difficult to sew (although the adhesive ones might be ok for stick-on facial features; I've never tried them to see if they hold well). I’ve purchased from this company before, and the felt I got was pretty soft: https://tinyurl.com/ydg8wrwo . *Craft floss or heavy thread- Example: https://www.amazon.com/Mira-Handcrafts-Embroidery-Thread-Skeins/dp/B07CZ1K8LC/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=craft+floss&qid=1588023768&sr=8-6 * A big needle (big enough to easily thread) As far as the needles go, any sharp needle big enough to accommodate your big thread and pierce through two layers of felt is great (some big needles are dull, and they don't work well at all, nor do plastic needles). I've purchased these and they were fine: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2NLQV8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . In addition, these look pretty good: https://www.amazon.com/Dritz-56Y-D-Darners-Needles-7-Count/dp/B003WM9RYI/ref=sr_1_22?dchild=1&keywords=sharp%2Bbig%2Beye%2Bneedles&qid=1591035439&sr=8-22&th=1 * A pair of scissors that comfortably cuts felt (Note that I'm saying "comfortably" in reference to the needle and scissors-- it can be super frustrating to the students if their tools are uncooperative; it's good to test things out in advance!) Lightweight adult scissors, such as the ones seen here (https://www.amazon.com/Scissors-Titanium-Multipurpose-Comfort-Grip-Handles/dp/B07H3QKN2Z/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=scissors&qid=1585833719&sr=8-5), are pretty good craft scissors and should cut felt well (some age better than others). Other brands include Fiskars and Westcott. *Transparent tape, such as Scotch tape for cutting out pattern pieces- tracing them with pencil or chalk is fine too *Pillow stuffing/Poly-fill (Amazon link for reference: https://goo.gl/oJihau ) or shredded soft fabric *White craft or felt glue (Aleene's is my favorite; Amazon link here: https://goo.gl/1q8w6G). White school glue is not as desirable because it is quite a bit thinner and the felt will not stick to itself as well. A more advanced student may opt to sew the facial pieces together and onto the body before stuffing.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
3 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Your first two patterns can be downloaded/printed from the classroom; you will find them under my Welcome post. Patterns for classes 2-4 are posted on the Classroom page at the end of the previous session; these should be printed before class starts. 

 A helper may wish to be nearby (offscreen per Outschool policy) based on student's skill and/or patience level, and to provide supervision with scissors/needles. If your student is still developing their cutting skills, it would be helpful if they could come to class with their felt pieces partially or fully cut out. 

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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