Despite the fact that we give students 3 days off for Thanksgiving, they feel the need to skip town early and either come only Monday, or not at all. I don't blame them-I would probably do the same if I could. This=stress. I can't just give them homework to do while they are gone so they don't fall behind (if only sewing machines were invisible- or we could sew with our minds. Oh well, maybe in heaven.) because, well, we. sew. It's such a hardship to have to reteach them 3 days worth of sewing patterns when they get back, because they are only falling behind even more. We should be starting pattern envelopes on Monday, but I'm going to be smart and postpone until after Thanksgiving. Instead? Those awesome lanyards!
I found myself praying for my students last week when I had to leave school early unexpectedly. I was in Walmart and, for some reason, I was overcome with gratitude and love for my girls. They are so sweet, so kind, so fun. They like to talk to me as much as I like to talk to them (which is a lot!) and share so much of their lives with me (they even asked me to wear my hair straight for "crazy hair day" this week and fawned over it when they saw it. It was so sweet). I am truly sad that my semester with them is coming to a close, but thankful that I have recruited most of them to take my Sewing II class next semester so that I get a whole year of them.
While at Walmart, I found some faux sequin fabric ("fequin") for $1.47/yard.
Yep, ya heard right. Best Cheap.
I bought them 10 yards of it just for "extra" projects. They freaked out when they saw it. So, we are making lanyards. Sequin Lanyards. Glamyards.
Here's How (Yes, these directions are pretty elementary. I wrote them for 7th graders!):
· Fabric- 3” by 44”
· Interfacing- 3” by 44” (This is optional. The fequin fabric I used was super thin, so I used it to stabilize. You don't need it if you are using cotton unless you want it.
· Key Ring (or office supply rings. This is public school, folks!)