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Mrs. Arvon from Huntington WV is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sew Happy to Learn How to Sew

My students need beginner's sewing machines and quality sewing supplies (scissors, cutting mats, fabric).

  • $578 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Every morning the students at my school recite their school expectations and declare that they are "the world's greatest!" As their teacher, I believe that wholeheartedly; however sometimes my students lack the confidence needed to believe on their own. While my students do enjoy learning, it can be very difficult to get my students motivated to learn and engage in content. I work in a low-income neighborhood where more than 98% of the students who attend my school qualify for free/reduced lunch. In addition, crime rates are rising in our community. My students often come to school with home-life struggles that keep them from owning the title of "the world's greatest!"

My Project

Have you ever wished you could sew on that button that fell off your coat? Or maybe you just want to fix a ripped seam in your favorite shirt or pair of pants? The skill of sewing enables students (and adults!) to have the ability to do this. Many of my students would benefit from learning the life skill of sewing.

Learning how to sew can help children improve their focus, develop self-control, practice math in real life, and create something that is useful.

Besides learning the practical life skill of sewing on a button or fixing a seam, the use of sewing machines can give children additional experience in the world of sewing. Students who sit down to a sewing machine must learn to focus and practice self-control. It takes both of those elements to successfully press down the foot pedal at the correct speed while guiding fabric smoothly through the machine. In addition, math is an academic pursuit that can be integrated into a sewing lesson. Students will need to understand and implement measurement, fractions, and knowledge of shapes when working on sewing projects. How often my students ask "what's the point" of learning math; what a great way to show students how they can use their skills in real life!

Finally, sewing allows students to create something new. I strive to provide lessons for my students where they are able to create. Creating is a Depth of Knowledge Level 4 word. Students will be able to use their concrete knowledge (like measurements, fractions, sewing basics) and intertwine it with their own creative thoughts to make something that is usable in real life. Students might make a bookmark, small pillow or eventually a full-size quilt!

Mrs. Arvon
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Singer 1304 Start Sewing Machine with 6 Built-In Stitches, Free Arm Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Beginners • Amazon Business $71.82 4 $287.28
Fiskars 8 Inch Heritage Seamstress Scissors • Amazon Business $14.38 2 $28.76
Fiskars 6x24 Inch Acrylic Ruler (12-87577097J) • Amazon Business $10.49 2 $20.98
Fiskars 45mm Contour Rotary Cutter (195210-1001) • Amazon Business $9.79 2 $19.58
levylisa Pre Cut Assorted Printed Cotton Fabric Patchwork Fabric Fat Quarter Bundle patchwork Quilting Fabric Sets Sewing Fabric Patchwork Flower Dots DIY quilting Handmade Craft 11.8” x 11.8” • Amazon Business $19.40 1 $19.40
Self Healing Cutting Mat - Double Sided (Green/Blue) - Professional - 5 Layers - Rotary Blade Compatible - For Arts, Crafts, Sewing, Handmade - A4 (9x12 inch). • Amazon Business $7.40 2 $14.80
Misscrafts 50pcs 8" x 8" (20cm x 20cm) Top Cotton Craft Fabric Bundle Squares Patchwork DIY Sewing Scrapbooking Quilting Dot Pattern • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Grabbit Magnetic Pincushion - Purple • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
60 Pcs Assorted Craft Fabric Bundle Squares Patchwork Fabric Sets for DIY Sewing Scrapbooking Quilting Dot Pattern • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
2-Pack - BLACK & WHITE - Coats & Clark Dual Duty All-Purpose Thread - One 400 Yard Spool each of BLACK & White • Amazon Business $7.86 1 $7.86
JoyFamily Flat Bird Head Pins Boxed for Sewing DIY Projects, 150 Pieces (Assorted Colors) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mudder 30-Count Assorted Hand Sewing Needles Set, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Singer 10-Pack Regular Point Machine Needles Assorted, 4 Size 80/11, 4 Size 90/14 and 2 Size 100/16 • Amazon Business $6.09 1 $6.09
Blumenthal Lansing Company Favorite Findings 4-Ounce Big Bag of Buttons, Multi • Amazon Business $3.92 1 $3.92

Materials cost

$453.95

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.81

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$490.76

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$86.60

Total project goal

$577.36

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$577.36

6 Donors

-$445.01

Donations toward project cost

-$427.01

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.00

match offer

-$75.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$63.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$11.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$57.35

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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