Program Idea: Denim Pillows
Submitted by: Mickie Stiers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Library: Westerville Public Library, Westerville, OH
Group Size: Any size
Season: Any time of year
A part of Westerville's Teen Crafts series, Denim Pillows is a great program to run any time of year. Each pillow can be accessorized with different notions and bling for each season. For instance, Fall is back-to-school season so pillows could be decorated with dorm-themed notions, or summer pillows could be decorated with travel-themed notions. The possibilities are endless and your teen community will love finding a new use for that favorite pair of jeans!
This program comes from More Teen Programs that Work by RoseMary Honnold.
Extra Hints & Tips
A good rule is to not leave the sewing machine unattended at any point in the program.
In general, teen girls and boys were reluctant to use the sewing machine, but felt very proud of themselves afterwards. This is a great way to boost confidence and teach life skills. Westerville received a great response from teens and parents and plan to offer more sewing programs following the success of Denim Pillows.
Teens will likely find "Bling your Jeans" the most enjoyable part of the program, so a larger amount of time should be set aside for this activity. If teens aren't able to finish decorating their pillows before the program is finished, they can pick out some notions they liked and finish at home.
Note: Cleaning up after the program can take a while because teens like to cut up notions like faux fur that create a lot of mess. But as Mickie Stiers at Westerville says: mess "is proof of a fun program."
For more great programming ideas, check out more of RoseMary Honnold's books.
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