Curriculum for Part One of Growing Up Sewing.
Each project level builds on and uses skills learned in the previous one.
First Skill: How to thread and run a Sewing Machine.
Sew: A simple bookmark
Project 1. New skills learned: Measure, cut, fold hems, pin. Stitch straight lines.
Sew: Cut out and hem a small square of fabric: (baby) blanket, tablecloth or napkin.
Project 2. New skills learned: Place 2 edges of fabric right sides together, stitch seams. Flip and press with an iron. Repeat skill of folding and sewing a double hem.
Sew: A pillowcase
Project 3. New skills: Learn to make a casing, and insert drawstrings.
Finish seams: use an edge-stitch presser foot and zigzag all raw edges.Also use skills from project 1 & 2.
Sew: A double cord gym bag or string backpack, and a notions bag (for sewing supplies)
Project 4. New skills: Learn to layout a pattern correctly so it is straight on the grain of the fabric. Learn to pin and cut out a garment that has one pattern piece. Sew curved as well as straight seams. Insert elastic in a circle (casing). Learn to finish and sew single fold hems. Also repeat skills learned earlier.
Sew: Pyjama pants or pyjama shorts, or a simple skirt.
Project 5. New skills: Learn to layout and cut out a pattern with more than one piece. Finish neckline edge seams using facings. Topstitch around necklines. Learn how to accurately do pivot stitching at V-neck. As always, also repeat skills learned earlier.
Sew: A pyjama top, nightgown, or simple play top
After completing the basic skills mentioned in the left-hand column, students may choose from the following depending on their interests.
Some will continue sewing garments using stretch fabrics such as knits, fleece and stretch wovens. They will learn many of the things necessary for sewing garments, including fitting, beginning design, zippers. buttonholes, pockets, gathers, etc.
Others may want to sew accessories or non-wearables. This could include bags, small zipper cases, toys (stuffies), or simple patchwork.
Some students may choose to do a combination of clothing and non-wearables.