• Is it time for a Home Ec. revival? At a Detroit elementary school, Sewing Club comes back by popular demand. Former teacher Diane Sampson tells her story.
My dream has always been to teach sewing. When the Principal at Logan Elementary in Southwest Detroit approached me last year with an offer to teach three classes of Science Club, I saw my chance.
I asked the Principal if I could teach one class of Home Ec. and two classes of Science Club instead. He loved the idea. He shared his own childhood memories of his grandmother sewing.
Once we began sewing class, the children’s response was amazing. Our original group of eight girls grew every week. And once the boys were sure that it was socially acceptable to sew, they joined in on the fun making, too.
Our first project was a snowman Christmas ornament with button eyes, a felt cap, three buttons down the front and a fabric scarf, all sewn on by hand.
When one hour of sewing proved to be insufficient, we began meeting during my lunchtime, too. We made Christmas stockings, more ornaments, pincushions and fleece pillows. I taught the children how to personalize each of their projects.
Before I knew it, parents were stopping by to sew with their kids. As the school year ended, several children asked me where they could sign up to sew again next year. Sadly, I was all set to retire and could only hope someone else would continue the class. No such luck.
Well, after a lot of planning, Sewing Club is back! Thanks to Ann Daschke of Royal Oak ASG (American Sewing Guild) who volunteers her time and sewing expertise, together we are able to nurture the art of sewing in young minds as they continue to develop a love for this age-old craft.
What started as a one-hour Home Ec. class has blossomed into an active sewing club for students, parents, and the community volunteers who work together to make it happen.
Post by Diane Sampson. Diane is a retired elementary school teacher for Detroit Public Schools, where she taught special education, first grade and science for 31 years. She is extraordinarily active in her community. She belongs to seven sewing groups.