The first project that the Clothing and Textiles class completed as a class project was a baby quilt. Students learned to sew three strips together and then cut them into squares to form a strip quilt. They learned how exactness is essential to the quilts quality and learned how to sew quarter inch seams and to correctly press them. As a class students explored a few design possibilities of how to place the completed three strip squares in a pattern. They also learned how to support, cooperate, and make decisions as a group. This quilt becomes a service project as it will be sold at the relief sale.
After visiting a fabric store for a field trip, students selected flannel fabric to sew pajama pants. They delighted in selecting their preferences for design and color. Students learned how to measure the straight of grain, pin, and cut out the pattern. They also finished seams, learned the techniques of reinforcement stitching and edge stitching. Some students learned how to rip out a seam that needed corrected. Students learned how to make a casing and insert elastic along with the preciseness needed for success and how to hem.
Students also completed Christmas stockings where they learned how to use decorative machine stitches to make a design on the solid side of their plaid stockings. The machines were each threaded with a different color so students moved around to machines to use different colors as they selected the decorative stitch they would use. They applied a cuff to the stocking, then lined it along with attaching the loop to hang it.