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Mrs. McCarthy-Lurie from Lakewood CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Theater Arts Costume Design Class Starting Up

Help me give my students Wooden Embroidery Hoops, Sewing Thread, Muslin and a Sewing Scissor to be successful in my class.

  • $861 goal

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My Students

My students are 9th and 10th graders enrolled in Theater Arts with an emphasis on costume design. The demographic breakdown of the 3,693 students enrolled in 2013-2014 was: Asian/Pacific Islanders - 13.7%, black - 16.9%, Hispanic - 45.4%, white - 21.4%, and multi-racial - 2.4%.

We have small learning communities to make the school setting "smaller" for this large urban population.

My students are new to sewing in general and have little experience (and resources) to help them navigate the goals of this class. Most are in the pathway, Drama, Media, Arts, Communication (DMAC), so this class will support their experiences in advanced theater and improv for the next couple of years.

My Project

My students and I are creating a Theater Arts Costume Design class with no materials other than machines that are easily 15 years old. We need basic sewing supplies such as Wooden embroidery hoops, sewing thread, muslin, scissors, needles, seam rippers, tape measures, fabric and zippers.

Students will use these supplies to create small projects and eventually costumes for the school play and musical.

Many have little to no experience with sewing and have no supplies. More than half of my school's student body is on free and reduced lunch, so they may not have the funds to pay for these type of incidentals.

The outcomes I hope for in this class are for students to be able to create at least one garment for personal use, handmade gifts, and to support the costuming for the school's plays and musicals.

Mrs. McCarthy-Lurie
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rockland 92 by 76 Count Muslin, 44/45-Inch, Unbleached/Natural • Amazon Business $59.40 2 $118.80
Sunbeam Steam Master GCSBSP-201-FFP 1400 Watt Large Anti-Drip Non-Stick Stainless steel Soleplate Iron with Variable Steam Control and 8' Retractable Cord, Chrome/Teal • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
ARTEZA Quilting Ruler, Laser Cut Acrylic Quilters' Ruler with Patented Double Colored Grid Lines for Easy Precision Cutting, 6.5" Wide x 24" Long for Quilting, Sewing & Crafts, Black & Lime Green • Amazon Business $16.14 5 $80.70
Caydo 12 Pieces 6 Inch Wooden Embroidery Hoops Bulk Wholesale Bamboo Circle Cross Stitch Hoop Round Ring for Art Craft Handy Sewing • Amazon Business $16.94 4 $67.76
SINGER 562 9-1/2-Inch Pro Series Bent Sewing Scissor • Amazon Business $6.34 9 $57.06
iNee Bright Solid Fat Quarters Quilting Fabric Bundles, 18" x 22" (Bright Solids) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
SINGER 218 60-Inch Tape Measure • Amazon Business $3.18 9 $28.62
Houseables Ironing Blanket, Magnetic Mat Laundry Pad, 48x85cm, Gray, Quilted, Washer Dryer Heat Resistant Pad, Iron Board Alternative Cover • Amazon Business $8.33 3 $24.99
Euro-Notions Universal Machine Needles • Amazon Business $5.25 4 $21.00
Outus Fabric Fusing Tape Adhesive Hem Tape Iron-on Tape Each 27 Yards, 2 Pack (1/2 Inch) • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Ogrmar Professional Tailor's Chalk Triangle Tailor's Chalk Sewing 10PC (4 Color) • Amazon Business $5.85 3 $17.55
Ultima 9 Piece Colorful Seam Ripper Assortment - 8 Stitch Rippers (4 Large & 4 Small) & One 5.5" Razor Sharp Surgical Steel Seam Slicer - Perfect for Removing Unwanted Hems and Seams • Amazon Business $5.77 3 $17.31
flic-flac 44PCS 4 x 4 inches (10 x10cm) Assorted Color Felt Fabric Sheets Patchwork Sewing DIY Craft 1mm Thick • Amazon Business $5.58 3 $16.74
Chenkou Craft 40pcs White and Black Nylon Coil Zippers Zipper Kit Tailer Sewing Tools Craft Total Length 9 Inche (zipper size 8 inch) • Amazon Business $7.97 2 $15.94
Zealor 1000 Pieces Sewing Pins 38mm Glass Ball Head Pins for Dressmaking Jewelry Components Flower Decoration with Transparent Cases, 10 Colors • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
eBoot 11 Yard White Knit Elastic Spool (1 Inch) • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Mudder 30-Count Assorted Hand Needles, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Premium Hand Sewing Needles for Sewing Repair, 30-Count Assorted Needles with 2 Threaders, by Meiho Lives • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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