Wow, 3 posts in 3 days...in the midst of the Father's Day rush!
Here is the Father's Day project Grade 4 completed. An embroidered coffee cozy.
Pretty straight forward. I went to a local coffee shop and grabbed a cardboard cozy for my pattern. I made a pattern out of posterboard. I then traced out the pattern onto wool felt in a selection of colors...(I was going for masculine colors). For tracing I used either a pencil on light colored felt or a white pencil crayon.
I gave each student a tapestry needle....tapestry needles have a blunt edge and although it's a bit harder to push thru the felt we did not have any needle sticks. I asked each student to trace out the word DAD in the center of their felt...the top of the pattern is the arc type curve. Then using embroidery thread straight from the pkg. we pulled our thread thru the needle and knotted both ends together giving us a double strand of full thread. This prevented the kids having to worry about pulling their end out of the eye. We used a back stitch to embroider DAD and then they could add other designs.
One class decided to blanket stich their long sides while the other class focused on decorations. Because it's wool felt you can finish it either way and it won't fray over time. I then just stitched the ends together on the machine in minutes. For presentation we slid each cosy over a recycled cup with a packet of gourmet instant coffee inside as well as a Father's Day poem.
That's it. It was a quick and easy Father's Day project.