A housewife sock monkey- yes- that is what one of my students wanted to make for her sewing project. I laughed and gave her the go ahead. Here are a couple more of my favorites. Teaching middle school can be such a crack up!
I decided to switch projects this spring for my sewing unit and had my students make pillowcases in Part I and Gym Bags in my Part II classes. I just about flipped when one of my students came to school with the pink and orange fabric- YUMMY! Those are my favorite crafting colors. The sewing lab was open after school for many days since it was hard getting everyone rotated on the 4 irons and 10 sewing machines that were set up. I had close to 100 students in 4 of my 6 classes needing to sew. I also made more detailed instructions so they could pretty much figure everything out with out my help. Their projects came out pretty darn cute IMO! The district bought me a fancy embroidery sewing machine, 3 more sergers for a total of 5, and I also got 3 more regular sewing machines to use this fall with my students!! Yippppeeee! Now I need to think of some more easy projects for beginner sewers.....
When you host a swap, it is always nice to send a little goodie in the return packages. I decided to make something that was funny so I came up with the "DOOFUS RELIEVER"- a ribbon sack keychain filled with dried lavender to help you relieve stress when encounter a doofus on the road...just give it a little squeeze to relieve tension and then smell your fingers...lavender is a natural stress reliever. It will also keep their purse smelling yummy! Everyone loved it! I made 23 plus a few extras.
I received some double-sided fusible thick interfacing called "fast2fuse" from the manufacturer for free in return for making something and posting how you liked it and what you made with it on a scrapbooking board I am on. I used it to make this mini scrapbook purse- found the small bamboo handles for $1 at my local quilting store and used some cheap fabric that I quilted on. It opens up to reveal a little scrapbook inside that I am still working on.
The Fabric ATC (artist trading card) is one of 12 that I made for a swap with 12 other crafty girls. I embroidered the words on the fabric with my sewing machine and printed out an image of me when I was little onto fabric. One of my childhood nicknames was twinkle toes.
To print on fabric: 1. cut a piece of freezer paper to 81/2 x 11 2. iron the waxy side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of your fabric 3. cut out the fabric along the edge of the freezer paper 4. place it in your ink jet printer in the correct direction 5. print your image 6. peel off the freezer paper and use your creation
Oh the nasty weather...started to sleet this morning. Hunter's track meet was rescheduled for tomorrow after school. He will be playing his guitar in the youth band tonight while Helen is at a band event.
Here are some pics of my fabric bowl- a fun thing to have in my craft area. Thanks to Bill for my groovy sewing machine!