This is the 2nd project in our Teaching Tweens to Sew Series by Elizabeth Hill
Dual Duty XP™ Thread to match fabric
Polyester Fiber Fill
For each humbug:
TIP: Students need the practice of pinning and cutting fabric. Thetemptation will be to pick up pinned fabric with their hands to cut. Stop bad habits before they start. Fabric will naturally pull from the paper pattern with uneven cutting as a result. Demonstrate how to hold scissors and cut fabric with one hand resting on the fabric while you navigate around the fabric. Students need to stand while cutting. Fabric is not glued to the table so it can be moved by gently sliding it along the cuttingsurface. Avoid picking it up off the table. Picking up fabric andpatterns isn’t a major issue with small projects but it can really make a difference on larger pieces.
Slowly approach the corner – stop – needle down
|Stop with needle down|
Raise the presser foot- turn the fabric-
|Raise the presser foot, leaving the needle down.|
Lower presser foot – resume sewing
|Lower presser foot.|
TIP Have students repeat with youseveral times the steps needed to navigate a corner. It may sound silly but it will help them remember this important step.
|Stitch 1/4 of the way across.|
Before turning clip the bottom corners outside the stitching.
5. Turn right sides out and stuff Humbugs with polyester fiber fill just like making a pillow. For a heavier Humbug for outdoor play use dried beans instead of the polyester fiber fill.
6. Whipstitch the opening closed. Now you have a pyramid shaped Humbug.