Guest Post by Jill Christensen
With little to no knowledge of sewing, 7th grade students in Family and Consumer Sciences class, crafted 30 hand bags that will be donated to the Denim Project.
Jill Christensen, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, explained she heard about the Denim Project last year when, Lori Poppinga, the founder of the Deniim Project, presented at church asking for volunteers and support. The main theme of the Denim Project is focused on the opportunities to help serve the poor and needy in the U.S. and Haiti. This is accomplished by upcycling denim. The Denim Project collects old jeans and t-shirts, cuts them apart, and makes them into new items that are then sold. The proceeds are used to create jobs, supply skills training, provide basic education, offer micro-loans, and basic supplies for newborns and childcare.
The Denim Project donated denim and pattern for this project, the PTA (Parent-Teacher-Association) Committee purchased the sewing machine needles, mat and a rotary cutter which helped tremendously.
It became more than just a sewing project, said instructor Jill Christensen. "It's important the students understand that the competencies used in sewing have relevance in the real world," she said.
Once the denim was measured, cut and pinned, it was over to sewing machines to sew on two pockets, sew the two sides, square the corners, hem the top, and sew on the handles. Creating a very functional and attractive hand bag.
Most of the seventh graders had very little sewing background when beginning this project. "It was a struggle at first” Mrs. Jill Christensen noted. "But once they got the hang of the machine, it went pretty smoothly."
Students liked the idea that they were helping people less fortunate than themselves. The students also had the option to purchase their bag for $20 which all funds will be donated to the Denim Project.
These bags will be headed to Haiti on Friday January 9th and used in our Sponsor a Newborn Program.
If you would like to volunteer with the Denim Project, contact Lori at Lori@thedenimproject.org.