This was probably the most difficult to teach but most fun project I have done with my 6th grade students. This project took approximately 6 class times to complete. I had the idea for this project based on the "Ugly Dolls" that I've seen in gift shops here and there. I was also inspired to teach this project because my school eliminated it's FACS and Industrial Tech classes and I've had many students asking me when they will get to learn how to sew.
This project cost around $200 for the supplies. That came to around $1 per student, which I thought was reasonable, considering the time they spent working on them. I got a jumbo box of 20 lbs of stuffing from Nasco art supplies for around $32. The felt was about 25 cents per sheet. The glue sticks were the most expensive part. I already had a lot of buttons and extra decorating materials.
For this project, I taught over 200 6th graders how to sew in two class times. It was a lot of work, but I'll give you some pointers if you want to give it a go.
Tips for this project:
Organize & keep track of sewing needles by sticking them in a piece of scrap foam board. Label each needle with a # and assign each student a #. This worked pretty well!
Don't buy store-bought needle threaders. They break very easily (as I learned the hard way). You can easily make your own with the thinnest jewelry wire you can buy, some scrap mat board or card board, and glue. These needle threaders saved so much time and the kids thought they were magic!
This is my 11th year teaching art & graphic design! I have taught middle school for 2 years and high school for almost 5 years. I truly enjoy working with students on a daily basis. I also enjoy teaching real-world skills such as problem solving, using technology, and the power of teamwork and collaboration. My joy is sharing my passion for art with others!