Posted in crafts with children, felting, school projects, sewing, teaching, wool felt, tagged 5th grade craft project, botany block, felt wall hanging, felting, sewing, teaching, wool felt on May 31, 2012 |
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This is how the tree wall hanging looked outside the classroom door during Open House last night. We got plenty of positive comments and the students were proud to show their parents.
Due to the wind I had to come up with a makeshift solution to weigh the piece down. Matches the subject, don’t you think?!
Now it is back in my house waiting to get its final fabric backing and hanging loops. I want it to be done by the end of the summer vacations, because the tree is going to adorn one of the walls in the 6th grade classroom next year.
Have a happy last day of May!
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Posted in crafts with children, felting, school projects, sewing, teaching, tagged 5th grade craft project, crafting with children, felt tree, felting, school project, sewing, teaching, wall hanging, wool felt on May 30, 2012 |
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…the felt tree, that is!
Out of synthetic felt by the yard I assembled a background that is supposed to represent a stylized landscape.
All the felt pieces for roots, tree trunk and big branches were laid out and fixed with safety pins.
After this I carried the whole thing to school, where I had many happy helpers sewing all these parts onto the felt. We used button/craft thread for its durability and it took us a good few hours to accomplish. It was a little bit like I imagine a quilting bee to be like – everybody sitting around a table, working on the same thing, chatting and laughing. I certainly enjoyed this part of the process a lot!
All the basic parts were sewn on, now came the little branches…
and the fruit (cherries, apples, whatever you want these to be).
At last, the tree was fully assembled and we all thought it looks stunning! It is going to be hung outside the classroom door tonight for the school’s Open House event (picture to follow). The final step for me will be to sew a sturdy fabric backing on it and create a way to hang it securely, which will include fabric loops and broom sticks or big dowels. But for tonight it will go up as it is. Congratulations, 5th grade, on such a fine job!
Oh, and in case you didn’t know: leaves make really good teddy bear beds…
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