Oh it was so fun to watch my second graders tackle their stitching project this week.
They each had to carefully measure18" of embroidery thread...
This little guy was soooo excited he brought his project home each night and
ended up stitching two of these elephant pouches pictured below and is now "my helper".
I had this little felt elephant pattern from when I was young, and thought it was the perfect project for my students especially as I had a ton of felt and thread, so super cost effective for me.
Most of them easily caught on to the blanket stitch of which they used to stitch the edges of their elephant. If not, I taught them the running stitch. Once the edges were done, they then had to fold the flap up and stitch it down to create the pocket.
This was the hardest part as the kids were using a crewel needle and had to stitch through two layers.
But they did it!
Once they were done stitching, I cut two straight holes above the pockets and sewed two buttons to each of their pockets to create the closure and elephant eyes! Oh your guys, the kids LOVED this little project so much that next week I'm going to teach them the chain stitch as they want to continue to sew and add stitches to their little felt elephant.
I'll share more next week...as there are many more elephants in the works...
and I think you'll be as amazed as me by their progress.
PS: If you would like a copy of the elephant pattern please feel welcome to email me with your snail mail address and I'd be glad to mail an elephant template your way.
Happy, happy stitching for sure!!
Next week's theme is: T-Shirt Quilts