We are grateful to have a well-funded program that supplies everything students need to be successful in class. We do still appreciate donations so that we can save our department funds for bigger goals.
Intro to Family and Consumer Sciences projects
To learn hand sewing, students make a felt magnet. We appreciate poly felt in a variety of colors.
Students keep a handwork project throughout the term. We appreciate embroidery floss, counted cross-stitch kits, flour sack towels, and embroidery hoops.
An option for a handwork project is learning to knit or crochet. Students practice by making a dish cloth. This requires a size “I” crochet hook or size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight crochet cotton.
To learn machine sewing, students make a 9-patch quilt square from 3 ½” squares. We appreciate scrap quilting cotton for this. The quilt squares are assembled into a class quilt to be donated to Lutheran World Relief. We use secondhand flannel sheets as the batting and 100% cotton secondhand sheets as the back. Sheets must be at least full size.
Students’ first sewing machine project is a pillowcase. Students are encouraged to bring in their own fabric to match their bedrooms, but we provide options at school as well. To complete a pillowcase, students need ¾ yd of body fabric and ¼ yd of a coordinating cuff. Two 1-yard cuts of coordinating fabric will make two kits for students.
Students complete a Recycle and Redesign project where they bring in their own secondhand items. T-Shirt rag quilts are popular for students to make. Although students tend to have plenty of shirts, the flannel filler can be a cost barrier. We appreciate flannel donations for these projects.
Some students find a lifelong hobby in sewing and continue to sew long after the term is over. They love beginner-friendly fabric kits like charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc. We don’t necessarily need these for class, but I love being able to pass these along to students who appreciate them.
Health students keep their class materials organized in bullet journals so they love fun extras like washi tape, fancy markers, and fun stickers.
Students write thank-you notes to their guest speakers so blank cards or thank-you cards are always appreciated.
Amazon Wish List
I keep an Amazon list of things I think my students and I would enjoy. You can find that here.
Please send donations to:
Western Dubuque High School
302 5th Ave SW
Epworth, IA 52045