Sewing badge

(Discover the Home)

By Kerry Cordy

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate.)

(Penguin requirements by Diana Havir)

Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1. * What is sewing? Learn the difference between sewing by hand and using a sewing machine. Watch a parent, adult, or older sibling or troop member demonstrate both. Which is faster?  Be able to identify a needle, thread, thimble, scissors and fabric.

_____ 2. * Learn basic safety when sewing.  Why should you be careful not to drop needles and pins on the floor?  Is it safe to play with needles or a sewing machine without an adult’s supervision?  Why or why not? How should you care for someone who has accidentally stuck his or her finger with a needle?

_____ 3. Go on a scavenger hunt around your house looking for items that have been sewn.  Can you find sewing stitches on your clothing? Where else can you find examples of sewing?  Can you find anything in your house with embroidery (decorative stitching)?

_____ 4. Accompany an adult on a trip to a fabric or craft store.  Look for different colors and prints on fabric.  Do all the different fabrics look and feel the same?  Can you find some really soft fabric?  Can you find some really shiny or sparkly fabric?  Look at all the different colors of thread.  Which is your favorite?  Look at all the different sizes of needles available for sale.  Can you find some really big needles?  Small needles?  What other interesting things can you find?

_____ 5. Learn basic stitching using a lacing card.  You can use either a shoelace or yarn and blunt yarn needle as your needle and thread.

Otter: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements #1 & 2.  Also, identify and describe the uses of these sewing tools:

- scissors, measuring tape, pinking shears, pins, needles, seam ripper, pin cushion, and thimble.

Also identify these sewing materials and describe how they would be used:

- fabric (both knit and woven), thread, Velcro, felt, stuffing, patterns, and accessories such as buttons, snaps, zippers, and hooks and eyes.

_____ 2.* Using hand sewing make a small pillow, bean bag, sachet, or stuffed toy. (Using old clothes such as t-shirts or jeans can be a great source of material for these projects.)

Dolphin: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements #1 & #2.

_____ 2.* Identify parts of a sewing machine and demonstrate the following:

-    winding thread onto a bobbin and inserting it into its holder.

-    threading the machine

-    putting the presser foot up and down, and telling when it should be in each position.

-    stitching a straight line.

-    stitching a curved line.

-    stitching a right angle corner.

-    laying a pattern on some fabric and cutting out the project.

Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements #1 & #2

_____ 2.* Demonstrate the following kinds of hand sewing stitches, and explain when each would be used: – basting, whip stitch, blind hem, sewing on a button, snap, or hook and eye.

Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements #1 & #2.

_____ 2.* Be able to define the following sewing terms: Clean finishing, back tack, darts, give, nap, notches, basting, test seam, top stitching, appliqué, bar tack, batting, bias, bias tape, bodice, blanket stitch, casing, drape, embellish, fusible, gather, hem, inseam, interfacing, notions, pleat, seam allowance, and selvage.

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3. Learn to sew on a button. Dolphins and above, also learn to sew on a snap, a hook and eye closure, and a zipper.  If you did this requirement at a lower level, choose a new requirement.

_____ 4. Learn at least 3 different embroidery stitches and use them to embellish something.  If you’re repeating this badge at a higher level, you must learn 3 new stitches.

_____ 5. Sew something for you to wear.

_____ 6. Otters, use a sewing machine to make a small pillow, bean bag, sachet, or stuffed toy.  Dolphins, make a simple item such as a tote bag, draw-string bag, vest, or apron.

_____ 7. Learn how to measure for and make a window valance or curtain.

_____ 8. Sew something you can use for home décor such as a decorative pillow for your bed, chair covers, or a bed skirt.

_____ 9. Learn how to sew from a pattern. Choose a pattern and make something for yourself to wear.

_____ 10. With adult supervision, learn how to use an iron. Discuss what are appropriate temperatures for certain fabrics. Press five simple things such as a handkerchief, a tea towel, a pillowcase, etc. Why is learning to iron important in sewing?

_____ 11. Sew something using recycled material. You might choose to make a purse out of an old pair of jeans, or a skirt out of discarded neckties. Be creative!

_____ 12. Using pattern stitches available on your sewing machine and colored thread, embellish something you own.

_____ 13. Help sew useful items such as lap robes, quilts, winter garments, etc. for a charity. If you can’t sew well enough to actually make your chosen project, spend a couple hours serving drinks to the workers or pressing seams & threading needles at a charitable sewing bee.

_____ 14. Learn to adjust or combine patterns. Take a collar, sleeve or skirt from one pattern and put it together with another pattern OR use a pattern that needs to be enlarged or taken in to fit the person for whom you are sewing. Be sure to get experienced help if needed, rather than make a mistake that wastes fabric.

_____ 15. Learn to embellish or change the design of a garment while still following the basic pattern such as adding trims not suggested by the pattern, changing fabric, or adding a lace or voile overlay.

_____ 16. Identify and learn to use frog closures, blanket binding, lace Velcro, and hardware for purses and belts.

_____ 17. Learn to identify various types of fabric by design, weave, or fiber content.