Saturday Learn to Sew Clubs
YEAR 1 SEWING INTRODUCTION
This learn to master a sewing machine program is for ages 8+ and up. Each term lasts between twelve and fourteen weeks and follows the school term dates. There are six levels in this program that students need to work through, cover all the skills in each level to move to the next. Students will make two projects in each level. They all work at their own pace mastering a skill until they are ready to move on. Project has been picked to practise the skills for that level. The terms are not independent to each other as we layer skills. If your child has some experience we will check before placing them in the correct level.
Term 1: Introduction to hand stitching. 4 basic basic hand sewing stitches are covered. The students learn the basics of how to cut a pattern, pin and put a simple starter project together.
Term 2:Introduction to a sewing machine. In this term we learn how to use a machine safely and be in control. Also how to thread up, wind a bobbin and other practical basic skills to get us started. Then with new found skills the students complete a soft toy and learn how to sew corners, curves and follow shapes.
Term 3: Sew on… Over this term we use machine skills and hand sewing ones to create a doll and sew a drawstring bag for her. We also look at embroidery on a machine.
Term 4: Embroidery skills continued. We use appliques, embroidery, beads & sequins to work on a a more challenging project.
Terms 5: Planning skills: Over this term we work on a larger piece of fabric to make a room tidy. Each pocket contains embroidery and embellishments. Students have to design and plan their projects before continuing. We use our design skills to make and embellish a tote bag
Term 6: Working with larger pieces of fabric. This term we plan and cut an apron using a pattern. This project covers cross stitch as well. The final project is PJ’s cut from a pattern and we use a sewing machine to make this.
YEAR 2 TEEN SEWING AND SEWING ON
This year is dedicated to clothing and adding sewing skills. Seamstress’ at this level are very confident on a sewing machine and can now plan a project to it’s end. We work on difference types of projects and each level is completed by mastering the skills through project work. Independent work is encouraged. During this year the projects are varied as there is a lot of choice for the students to make things they will wear and use. Students wanting to work on Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards will be following some of twirl set out below.
Skills covered will include:
- Zips and buttons. We sew up several zip bags and pouches to get competent in sewing zippers. Start on a zip skirt
- Clothing- using zips and buttons in clothing, demystifying a clothing pattern and working with it to get a better fitting piece of clothing. We start working with different sewing feet for different projects. We also explore the use of folds, pleats and patterns to make things fit us better.
- Recycling clothing- using our skills we cut existing clothing to make something else. A bag from jeans, a top from a shirt, there are lots of projects to choose from. We also work with Fabric flowers, working to embellish existing clothing.. We make a brooch, hair band and cuff.
- Quilting and free motion work- this is a particular favourite of mine, students plan, a cut and make a quilt and then learn the basics of easy free motion machine quilting.
YEAR 3 DESIGN AND SEWING
During this period, we cover more design work and look at projects to do with not simply making clothes but also how we can personalise what we wear. We look at textile art, block printing, screen printing, tie dye, bleach dye and other mark making methods to make our fabric stand out.
- Introduction to printing and mark making techniques. What we will learn. Start with block printing, how to, ideas and then make a artsy clutch with the fabric we create.
- Stencil time, learn about using stencils, cut or design a stencil and explore bleach dyeing methods to create a skirt or t shirt. Use hot fix and other stones and hand embroidery methods to embellish the pattern.
- Dyeing up a storm. Using cold water dyes we explore different methods of dyeing. Tie dye, clamp dyeing, ombre dyeing and other methods covered. We dye up samples using the skills acquired in these methods to make up a flour leaf clover style cushion using the dyed fabrics. We also dye a scarf and t shirts etc..
- Screen Printing. A particular favourite method of transferring pattern to fabric. Learn how to print and use skills to print tea towels and an piece of wall art. These are also embellished.