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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crafting with 3rd Graders - Stitched Christmas Cards

Yesterday I did some more crafting with another 3rd grade class. Stitching these pretty patterns was a bit challenging for a bunch of kids who 1) have never done much sewing and 2) had to concentrate a lot on matching up the appropriate holes, but you'll see they were successful in the end!



We just used two different patterns: a pine tree and a 6-pointed star and both are fairly easy to stitch.

The Star
The star has 6 'arms' each with 7 holes and if you think of each arm as being number from the outermost from the center as '1' to the innermost as '7', then you always need to thread from 1 to 7, then 2 to 6, 3 to 5, 4 to 4, 5 to 3, 6 to 2 and 7 to 1, all the way around the start (so six times). The colored star demonstrates this very nicely.


The Pine Tree
First poke the holes:

For the pine tree, I had 13 holes in a vertical line, starting with '1' up top.
You need to add 4 holes to the right and 4 to the left horizontally of hole '5' .
Add 5 holes to both right and left sides (again horizontally) of hole '9'.
Add 6 holes to both right and left sides (") of where an imaginary hole '14' would be!

Now stitch it up:
Stitch from Hole '1' to one just left of '5', back up to '1', then to one just right of '5'.
Stictch from Hole '2' to the second just left of '5', back up to '2', then to the second just right of '5', etc. for the Holes 1-4.
Hole '4' gets used again now, stitching from Hole '4' to the one just left of Hole '9', back to '4', then to the hole just right of '9'. Continue along for Holes 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Hole '8' gets used again now, stitching from Hole '8' to the one just left of 'imaginary hole 14', back to '8' then to the hole just right of 'imaginary hole 14'. Continue along for Holes 9 to 13.

We then glued our stitchings onto a card, but you could also cut these out a bit, back them with some nice paper and use as decorations.

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