Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, Fun Day: Sewing Project: Unpapertowels

     Friday Fundays are all about having fun while learning. I provide learning activities to booster their understanding of the topics covered for that week. I also incorporate fun projects to help them learn life skills that I feel are important for them to have. As homeschoolers, we have a tremendous advantage when it comes to making sure our children have a balance in what they are learning. We can also help them to understand the relevance of what they are learning in textbooks and how it applies to them in their lives. 
   Last year, we made a decision to decrease our usage of paper products in order to decrease our carbon footprint on the earth. One product we wanted to find a replacement for was paper towels. With a family of 6, we used lots and lots of paper towels. We were excited when we found out about unpaper towels. After a quick trip to the store and a few days of mommy and daughter sewing, we created our first set of unpaper towels that lasted us an entire year!

     Since we are focusing on sewing, this month, we decided to make new sets of unpaper towels for this year. I found the same fabric and girls and I have been using our Friday Fundays to sew these useful items. We've even had a few family members to join in on the weekends! Priceless! 

Lessons covered in this project:
  • Measurement: 
    • How to read and use a ruler
    • How to measure items
    • Perimeter of 2D objects
    • Area of  2D objects
    • Unit conversion (easily covered while cutting out each square foot from the square yard fabric)
  • Economics and money:
    • Cost (add cost of each item used in the project)
    • Savings (compare cost of typical year's purchase of paper towels against cost of unpaper towels to determine savings)
    • Money (combine needed amount of dollars and coins to purchase material and calculate change back)
  • Home economics:
    • Identifying sewing tools
    • Sewing by hand
    • Threading a needle
    • Using a sewing machine
    • Identifying parts of a sewing machine

To make a set of 9 unpaper towels, you will need:
  • One yard of printed fabric
  • One yard of terry cloth
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
  • Snaps (optional)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors

  • Step 1: Prewash, dry, and iron all fabric prior to use.
  • Step 2: Cut fabric into 12x12 inch squares.
  • Step 3: Pin one square of printed fabric to one square of terry cloth with right sides facing.
  • Step 4:  Sew edges together, leaving a 1 inch gap for turning.
  • Step 5: Turn the fabric right side out.
  • Step 6: Sew the opening closed. 
  • Step 7: If you want to stop here, you can. Simply fold and store in areas for use. You can also apply snaps to the corners if you want to connect them into paper towel rolls. 
  • Step 8: Repeat for remaining fabric squares. 


    That's it! When you're done, you will have a beautiful set of unpaper towels for your family to use. No more guilt about sending paper products to the dump and you'll save some money each month with these reusable items!

Peace and blessings,

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