Friday, November 20, 2009

Making a Cloth Bracelet and Headband

One of the best things about having our parents own a garment factory is that my 8-year-old sister Yam and I always have enough and a variety of fabric, thread, and buttons. We took some out last Wednesday for a little school night activity.

I drew a line along the sides of the fabric so that Yam knows
where to sew. This serves as a control of error.

I give her a little school night activity because I understand that school (she doesn't go to a Montessori school) can be drudgery sometimes, just as John Holt says
in his book, How Children Fail.

After sewing the sides, I turned the cloth over (a trick to make this easier
is to insert a ruler right in and roll the cloth until the printed right side is out).
Yam sewed a button (or you can use velcro) on one end and cut a hole on the other.

Here it is!
It's better to sew that inch of an edge, too.

"You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.
What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all
day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We also made a headband that matches Yam's dress
which our Mama made.

For younger children, you can make this activity simpler by doing just 3 steps:
1 - Cut a strip of fabric.
2 - Ask the child to sew in the button on one end.
3 - Cut a small hole on the other end.

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