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Ms. Tan from S Lake Tahoe CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Custom Hand Sewing, a Long Lost Skill

Help me give my students an Ellison SuperStar Die Cutting Machine so they can cut letters and shapes out of felt and fleece for hand sewing projects.

  • $190 goal

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My Students

"It's working!" can be heard from my students when their hard work produces a working prototype. Middle school can be a tough time where some students struggle to survive.

In our Maker Lab, our 6th, 7th and 8th graders do more than survive, they thrive!

With a STEAM curriculum that encourages individual curiosity, creativity and personal expression, my students learn hands-on skills they can use to build their own custom creations. When students are interested in their projects, the learning becomes play. We will be hard at play in the Maker Lab this year!

My Project

My students will use an Ellison SuperStar die cutting machine to cut letters, numbers and shapes out of felt and fleece. They will stitch together emojis, decorations and gifts as they revive the long lost art of hand sewing.

In the Maker Lab, all of my students learn how to sew.

They will be delighted with the assorted colors in the pack of felt squares. The 6th graders will sew little bean bags. The 7th graders will sew mini emoji pillows. The 8th graders will learn these foundation projects and learn to incorporate electric circuits to make light up projects. In the Maker Lab we run the gamut from long lost hand skills like sewing to electronics, robotics and 3D printing.

Ms. Tan
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DIE CUTTING MACHINE SUPER STAR • School Specialty $88.03 1 $88.03
FELT 8 1/2 X 12 SHEETS ASSORTED COLORS SET OF 100 • School Specialty $20.44 1 $20.44

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