During this past week during summer camp, our Little Artists each sewed their very own stuffed animal using their own designs.
Artists planned out their animal design in studio before we all headed out together to pick out and buy our fleece at the fabric store down the street. We each approximated a yard of fabric for our animals and extras such as blankets, hats and clothing.
The next day in studio we took time to sharpen our sewing skills before starting our main stuffy project.
First we each sewed on fabric with no needle to get use to the speed of the machine. And then we sewed with a needle on paper through a maze to get use to turning, stopping, using the presser foot lever and back stitch button.
Once we felt comfortable with the machines we each cut out a pin cushion pattern which was a quick lesson to show us how to pin and sew the right sides of fabric together, how to flip and stuff things with polyester fill and how to hand sew the small hole in the seam closed. We each received fabric pins and a sewing needle and if we successfully returned all of them at the end of the week we each would received a special prize for keeping our materials neat and organized, which is very important in sewing.
Then we started to cut out our patterns. All of our stuffy designs were then altered from a base bear or a dog pattern. Enlarging ears to make a bunny, extending arms to make wings or cutting of ears to make horns. Three of our animal designs needed original patterns made.
Small details such as eyes, noses, paws, collars and wings were all hand sewed on.
When all our details were attached we sewed the arms, legs and ears so they could be stuffed and pinned in before we sewed the remaining body on the machines. The best part was the reveal of turning the animals right side out and seeing our animals for the first time!
All of the little stuffies were then filled with polyester filing and hand stitched closed.
We then took time to fill out our Little Tree Birth certificates.
"This furry friend is special because I brought it to life.
I sewed it. I stuffed it. I made it my own.
I promise to love it and give it a home."
Happy Birthday cute little stuffies! We LOVE you so much, and are so ecstatic about how we made you from scratch! We sat together and introduced the new additions to the world. Sharing what our stuffies like to eat (sprinkle cupcakes, cheese and bamboo), their favorite games, what they are good at (like disco dancing) and who their are scared of (pet dogs who love to eat stuffies :0)
We each received an award of sewing achievement certificate.
See you at the Next Studio!