|Example sundae I created prior to the workshop|
Each student received a few square pieces of felt fabric and a threaded needle. I then divided the class of 20 students into four groups of five people so they could cooperate and help each other out when figuring out how to do it. They each trimmed their fabric squares into circles, sewed the edges, and tightened it to make a little pouch. They then filled it with stuffing, tied the remaining thread two times and had volunteers hot glue them into their bowl. After that was completed, they were free to decorate their scoops of ice cream as much as they liked! I was surprised at how creative some of them were!
The goal of this project was to introduce these kids to a new artistic medium, sewing! A lot of people associate sewing with just repairing something, but I wanted them to see that you can create cool things as well. Some of them never sewed before, so they had the awesome opportunity to learn a bit of a new skill!
This workshop was great because it also made each of the volunteers very busy.
We were constantly threading needles, showing students how to sew the fabric, and aiding them in making tight knots. However, it was all worth it in the end because the kids were eager to help any of their peers that needed it. They were also amazed by their creations and many of them were excited to show them off! Overall, this workshop ended up being a HUGE success!