Festival & Beach Wear Summer Term Theme!!

We LOVE LOVE LOVE the summer! Such a great time to show off your sewing skills with light and airy fabrics, bright colours and patterns, our imaginations run wide! We’ve come up with the summeriest theme at Little Hands yet.

It’s Festival and Beachwear!

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Come up with your own design or have a personal take on one of our patterns and be in with a chance to win our termly Design Competition. Check out last terms winners here!

Our competitions are never based on natural ability or ‘prettiness’ It’s a competition against yourself not the others around you.  The Little Hands teaching team will then pick the shortlist of people who really challenge themselves or we’ve seen amazing improvements in design or making skills.

Then we always have an industry judge to cast impartial eye and pick the overall winners.

Anyone from 6 year old beginners to our experienced adult students can give it a go!

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We’ve got gorgeous lycra fabrics you can have a go at making your own swimwear!

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Chanel your inner hippy with harem pants in crazy fabrics and colours!

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Add tassels to everything and anything! Who can come up with the craziest tassel idea?

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What about an accessory? Could you make your own fabric flower headband?!

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Go crazy and sparkly for that festival look!

We can’t wait to see what the creative minds come up with, the competition lasts all term with winners chosen at the end. There will also be a chance to enter over our summer holiday and may half term course!

 

 

May & Summer Holiday Fun!

May Half Term 

30th May – 2nd June

Summer Holiday Dates:

Week 1 – 10th – 14th July

Week 2 17th- 21st July

Week 3 – 24th – 28th July

Week 4 – 31st July – 4th August

29th August – 1st September (4 day week)

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Class Times & Fees:

9am-4pm / 9am-12pm / PM 1-4pm

£225 Mo-Fri 9-4pm (full week)

or £120 Mo-Fri 9-12 noon or 1-4pm (half week)

or £180 for 4-full days / £96 for 4-half days

(materials included)

Ages: 6-8 years and 8-18 years

Call 02074310573  or email to book!

 Summer 2017 is fast approaching! Our May half term and Summer Holiday Courses are the hottest ticket in town! They get booked up in a flash so don’t delay, book your child in today!

The Little Hands Summer 2017 theme is Festival and Beachwear, so amongst other projects we’ve got a whole host to really celebrate the most enjoyable time of year. (Let’s hope the weather is on our side too!)

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Join the Little Hands Design Summer Camps for that unique designer summer that you are craving! We have everything that is required to provide your kids, tweens and teens with the fashion forward quirky experience that fits into all the current events that are happening in London right now.

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The LHD teachers are a team of fashion and textile industry experts- the perfect people to introduce you to technical techniques and making ideas. It is an experience that is truly hands-on where students are able to design at their level and collaborate with everyone working on individual projects!

There are sewing machines, hardware tools, computer aided design and much more! Whether you are a starter, have sewn before or need to learn some new techniques, we have just the right thing for you! Imagine saying to your friends: ‘Yeah, I made this myself!’

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There will also be a chance to enter our termly design and skills competition if you create your own festival or beachwear style item.

Looking forward to a holiday camp of buzzing creativity, busy hands, loads of giggles and new friends – join the Little Hands Community today!!

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Don’t just take our word for it here’s what other parents have to say:

“My son loves going to Little Hands. He made great projects and enjoyed his time there. He immediately picked up tips and tricks about pinning, cutting and sewing that he kept talking about, at home. He learnt about not wasting fabric, recycling it into new projects, looking after the sewing machines,etc. The fact that he gets to use the sewing machines is the coolest thing ever for a 7yrs old boy!!!!  According to him:  “it is real fun and the scissors go ‘snip snip’ and I love the sound!!!”He gets to choose the fabric for his projects and even the colour of the thread for his hand sewing. He really feels that the projects are his own creation from the beginning to the end.”
(Parent of 7 year old.)

“Astrid and her team have created an exhilarating, enjoyable, and edifying little world, where my daughter aged 8 has been inspired and illuminated with every visit. Currently enjoying a week-long course during the school holidays, she skips home in new clothes and accessories that she has both designed and made. I would totally recommend this amazing microcosm, located in Belsize Park NW3 to anyone looking for activities for their kids during the school holidays.”
(Parent of 8 year old.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my child learn?

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We teach everyone how to thread and use a sewing machine, as well as cutting. pinning and ironing skills and a whole host of sewing and design tips and tricks!  These will vary in complexity depending on the age and ability of the individual child. We have projects and exercises to suit 6 to 18 year olds! We prepare a different ‘Collection’ every term so there is always a new and exciting wide range of projects to choose from!

Projects might also include, printing, embroidery, hardware, computer aided design. Our fashion fun holiday camps are a great place to get immersed in the art of fashion and clothes making.

Why choose a whole week?

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Getting immersed in our world of sewing for a whole week has great benefits, we see a great sense of achievement in those who have the time to work on longer projects and improve their skills from Monday to Friday. Having a full week with us will open your eyes to all the amazing creations that are possible within our ‘set programme’ and you will have the choice of simple or advanced projects dependent on your level!!

 For students that can only attend odd days, we will have a list of ‘LHD Specials’- these are projects that we feel are achievable in the shorter amount of time, that will provide satisfaction, fun and learning. Unfortunately we cannot offer as wide a range as the full week, as our main aim is that all are left with products that are complete whilst having fun and not rushing leading to a ‘fast fashion’ atmosphere.

Can they bring in their own designs?

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We love to see young minds being creative and coming up with their own designs!  The best thing to do is pop us an email with details before the course to give us a little time to prepare ourselves for how we can help!

We do need to manage expectations that if it’s someone’s first time sewing they won’t be able to make a ball gown! As they say, you need to walk before you can run. If we think something is too tricky we will of course explain our reasoning. Sometimes it’s best to practise basic skills with easier projects and build up to that dream item!

How is the week Structured?

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Day One is all about getting to grips with the machine and health and safety in the room! We provide a small selection of simple introductory projects that take half or a  full day to complete. (Depending on ability) This means we can get something fun and quick done and the teachers can assess the level of each child. They will also take this day to choose what they want to make for the rest of the week, we will send them home with fabric if it needs to washed to prevent shrinkage!

The Middle of the week everyone works on their own chosen project, adding their own individual flair!

The Last Day we call our Hands On Designer Day! We have a number of set quick and simple but effective projects on offer, (which the children vote on earlier in the week). If they are there for the full day they choose 2 or 1 for half a day! A great and refreshing end to the week! (Not in weeks with Bank Holidays!)  Kids (and teachers!) are also asked to wear what they’ve made to celebrate the amazing achievements of the week!

Join Our Eggsellent Easter Half Term!

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Easter Holiday Dates:

Mini Holiday 1: 27th – 31st March 1 group of 10 students (5-day week)

Half-Term Week 1: 3rd – 7th of April (5-day week)

Half-Term Week 2: 10th – 13th April (4-day week)

Mini Holiday 2: 18th – 21st April – 1 group of 10 students (4-day week)

Class Times & Fees:

9am-4pm / 9am-12pm / PM 1-4pm

£225 Mo-Fri 9-4pm (full week)

or £120 Mo-Fri 9-12 noon or 1-4pm (half week)

or £180 for 4-full days / £96 for 4-half days

(materials included)

Ages: 6-8 years and 8-18 years

Call 02074310573  or email to book!

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Spaces are going fast for our Easter half term holiday course, book your child on now to avoid disappointment!

Doesn’t time fly? Nearly half way through the school year. Get a creative fix this Easter half term holiday at our eggsellent Easter Half term sewing course! 

Your child can make new key pieces for their summer wardrobe, or how about some gorgeous easter gifts for all their friends and family, like these lovely easter baskets.

The LHD team of fashion and textile industry experts – from men’s tailoring, womenswear, fashion and textile design, cover all the bases!

Get involved with this term’s design competition, we are focusing on sportswear, come up with a design and we’ll help you put it into practice! This is an entry from our February half term course. 

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We are looking forward to a holiday course of buzzing creativity, busy hands, loads of giggles and new friends – join the Little Hands Community.

 

Don’t just take our word for it here’s what other parents have to say:

“My daughter was so happy of the experience that she’ll certainly come back for more sessions. You’ve turned up a passion! That’s impressive. The Teen camp with freedom @ lunchtime is perfectly suited also for older girls. Overall a very good experience!”
(Parent of 14 year old.)

“Astrid and her team have created an exhilarating, enjoyable, and edifying little world, where my daughter aged 8 has been inspired and illuminated with every visit. Currently enjoying a week-long course during the school holidays, she skips home in new clothes and accessories that she has both designed and made. I would totally recommend this amazing microcosm, located in Belsize Park NW3 to anyone looking for activities for their kids during the school holidays.”
(Parent of 8 year old.)

“My daughter has just completed a half term workshop at Little Hands. She was so inspired and excited to get up and go every morning. They really let the child lead on their own creative projects and the results all round were fab. We will be back. Thanks!
(Parent of  8 year old)

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my child learn?

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We teach everyone how to thread and use a sewing machine, as well as cutting. pinning and ironing skills and a whole host of sewing and design tips and tricks!  These will vary in complexity depending on the age and ability of the individual child. We have projects and exercises to suit 6 to 18 year olds! We prepare a different ‘Collection’ every term so there is always a new and exciting wide range of projects to choose from!

Projects might also include, printing, embroidery, hardware, computer aided design. Our fashion fun holiday camps are a great place to get immersed in the art of fashion and clothes making.

Why choose a whole week?

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Getting immersed in our world of sewing for a whole week has great benefits, we see a great sense of achievement in those who have the time to work on longer projects and improve their skills from Monday to Friday. Having a full week with us will open your eyes to all the amazing creations that are possible within our ‘set programme’ and you will have the choice of simple or advanced projects dependent on your level!!

 For students that can only attend odd days, we will have a list of ‘LHD Specials’- these are projects that we feel are achievable in the shorter amount of time, that will provide satisfaction, fun and learning. Unfortunately we cannot offer as wide a range as the full week, as our main aim is that all are left with products that are complete whilst having fun and not rushing leading to a ‘fast fashion’ atmosphere.

Can they bring in their own designs?

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We love to see young minds being creative and coming up with their own designs!  The best thing to do is pop us an email with details before the course to give us a little time to prepare ourselves for how we can help!

We do need to manage expectations that if it’s someone’s first time sewing they won’t be able to make a ball gown! As they say, you need to walk before you can run. If we think something is too tricky we will of course explain our reasoning. Sometimes it’s best to practise basic skills with easier projects and build up to that dream item!

 

How is the week Structured?

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Day One is all about getting to grips with the machine and health and safety in the room! We provide a small selection of simple introductory projects that take half or a  full day to complete. (Depending on ability) This means we can get something fun and quick done and the teachers can assess the level of each child. They will also take this day to choose what they want to make for the rest of the week, we will send them home with fabric if it needs to washed to prevent shrinkage!

The Middle of the week everyone works on their own chosen project, adding their own individual flair!

The Last Day we call our Hands On Designer Day! We have a number of set quick and simple but effective projects on offer, (which the children vote on earlier in the week). If they are there for the full day they choose 2 or 1 for half a day! A great and refreshing end to the week! (Not in weeks with Bank Holidays!)  Kids (and teachers!) are also asked to wear what they’ve made to celebrate the amazing achievements of the week!

 

Can Small Businesses Learn Lessons From CSR Schemes of Big Corporations?

In business environments, social responsibility plays a crucial role in customer relations, especially for small, local businesses who financially depend on their community’s loyalty and personal connection to their business. With small businesses, building ties to the local community through charitable involvements fosters local loyalty to the business.

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Little Hands’ bursary scheme quilt auciton

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Little Hands Design team

Corporate social responsibility is “a commitment to improve community well-being through discretionary business practices and contributions of corporate resources” (Fogel). It involves several different aspects of community involvement, but its “main focus is to ensure a positive contribution is made to both the environment and community around the location where a company or organisation operates” (Boden). Because “small businesses account for 70% of the work force,” (Helmer) it’s essential for small business to have philanthropic causes in order to “improve brand reputation” (Mielach).

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Award Little Hands earned for its community involvement

Although small businesses and large corporations both have social responsibilities,“micro-business owners will have a clearer understanding of factors affecting the area in which they trade because they are hands on in that business every day” (Boden). They also can“ more easily find inventive ways of collaborating with other small businesses” (Helmer).

Little Hands Design is a non-profit Community Interest Company with a focus on design education. Little Hands also has a bursary program for disadvantaged children and adults. They’re also collaborating with the Helen Bamber Foundation to help support refugees by providing a sewing class with free tuition.By acting as a local influencer through charitable involvements, Little Hands hopes to help start a cultural movement towards improvement.

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Pieces students made at Little Hands Design after the Bangladesh textile factory fire

The refugees who take the course with Little Hands Design are provided a creative outlet to express themselves, and the joy it brings them is “integral part of their emotional recovery.”  Most importantly, “everything [they] makes feels special and that for once in [their lives], [they are] starting to feel special again too,” says Zara, one of the refugees who attended the class.

In addition to working with refugees, Little Hands Design participates in grassroots initiatives to help those in need. For example, Little Hands was involved in a group effort with craftivist collective to help provide aid after a textile fire in Bangladesh. Furthermore, Little Hands is an active participant in the Fashion Revolution movement, which encourages people to consider the cost of fashion in relation to the environment.

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Jigsaw piece made at Little Hands for Craftivist’s #imapiece campaign

When Little Hands and other small businesses become involved with charities, it sets an example and inspires local community
members to follow suit. This fosters a sense of personal civic responsibility, which benefits the community as a whole. Furthermore, it encourages local community members to tackle issues that affect the community hands on rather than simply discuss and debate.

Business owners…say they are most likely to focustheir efforts on helping the community starting with education,” especially Little Hands Design (Mielach). Little Hands Design has established connections with several local schools, which allows for students to attend themed workshops and project days at Little Hands. Furthermore, Little Hands has termly educational themes, such as zero waste design or recycling, which are linked to regular design competitions. When small business like Little Hands take on an active role in the education of the local youth, it benefits the long term development of the community.  

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Social responsibility for small businesses has many different facets, including community involvement and education. Most importantly, it’s about fostering connections between the local community and its small businesses that play a vital role in local development.

 

Check Out This Aspiring Fashionista’s Blog!

At Little Hands Design we love fashion and we love it when we see this passion cross over to our students. Keeping a portfolio or blog is a great way to keep track of what they have designed and made and just any thoughts they have! 

Many of our students find our courses a great help in excelling at their textiles and art GSCE’s and A-levels and often go on to study fashion or textiles at university.

This particular 14 year old student loves fashion and design and updates his blog weekly with fashion drawings, designs, reviews and comments – it’s well worth a look!

The Not So Fashion News

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It’s full of fashion drawings:

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“So this another one of my designs, which will again be featured in the Japanese style Madame Butterfly collection, this style echoes through the shades of red and gold. This is again at a time where she is waiting for Pinkertons return and while hoping for this she wears gorgeous gowns to impress the long awaited father. The burgundy parts are little details that are pleated which contrast with the light-weighted red silk. Each part of burgundy detail is surrounded by golden sequins which envelope the pleats like snakes. This dress is not particularly special in the collection nor does it have a deeper meaning behind it. I simply feel that this is one of the most beautiful dresses that I have drawn, hence I felt the necessity to share it.”

 

To reviews and comments on fashion and design. From his favourite period – (It’s the 50’s and 60’s by the way) We love this Mondrian inspired Yves Saint Laurent too!
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And he’s not afraid to give honest opinions!  Here’s an extract from his review of Gucci head designer  Alessandro Michele.

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“This dress looks like someone ate a rainbow meal of fabric sequins and bows and was then splurged together when it was vomited back out from the horrendous taste it left on your palette. Also do not forget to add 70s glasses and a bob hair-cut and you have the perfect recipe for disaster.”

A budding fashion critic if we’ve ever heard one!! Great to see someone not afraid to say what they think. Keep up the good work!!

If you are one of our students and you keep a blog let us know and we’d love to highlight it!

How to Make Card Holder With Zip!

It’s the perfect size for a little bit of change and an oyster or library card and super simple to make.

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You Will Need:

Oil Cloth or Non fraying fabric and 1 zip

Cut
1 x wallet (starter)
2 x back and front (adv)
1 x pocket
1 x tab/strap for lanyard (optional)

Which version do you want to make? Check out our video for the advanced version you turn inside out! Or keep looking at the step by step if you want to make the easy version. 

 

Easy Version

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Fold wallet in half lengthways and mark the centre line in pencil. Only half way across the wallet.

Place zip onto centre line, right side of zip to wrong side of fabric. With the start of the zip at the edge of the fabric. Mark the zip with pencil where the centre is on your zip. You will stop sewing here!

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Use a zipper foot to sew around the zip, when you get to the marking turn the corner by making sure the needle is down, presser foot up and pivot fabric, presser foot down and continue sewing. Turn wallet over and cut along centre exposing the zip.

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Cut off the excess zip!

Fold purse wrong sides together, add pocket to opposite end of purse. Use a bull dog clip keep in place.

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If you want to add lanyard cut a small tab of fabric and insert into side with zip now.

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Sew around entire outside of purse. 0.5 from edge. (Trim edges) Cut off any excess zip tape but secure with stitching first!

Sew a line down the centre of the purse to separate zipped pocket and card pocket and the purse is done!

 

How To Make A Heart Clutch!

Great for Valentines Day, fill with your sweetheart’s favourite treats! Or just make one for your self! Here’s a step by step sew along of the advanced version with one of our students!

You will need: 

  • 1 x Bag on fold
  • Or 4 x rectangles
  • 1 x Rectangle of leather
    (with hearts cut out)
  • Zip
  • Tassel Fixture
  • Fabric for Tassel

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Cut your rectangles. Pin right sides together along one of the longer edges. Sew.

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Press seam open!

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Repeat for the second side.

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Pin your zip face down, right sides together onto the top edge of the fabric.

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Use a zipper foot to sew in place with a straight stitch.

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Repeat for the second side, carefully match up the centre join for a neat finish! Make sure the colour alternate on each side.

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Decide how you are going to decorate it!

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7. Draw around the heart shape in the middle.

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8. Cut out your leather.

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9. Sew Leather onto your bag! Around the outside of the rectangle first.

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10. Sew down the centre of the heart in the middle, if you are using one!

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Open your zip about half way! Place back and front right sides together. Pin around the 3 side open side.

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Sew around the 3 sides, pivoting at the corners and using the fly wheel to sew over the zip!

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and the corners….

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and you’re done!!

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If you want to make the easy version check out this quick video!!

 

 

Happy Valentines Day!

Helping Hands Teach Independence and Goals


Whether their hands are “little” or not, everyone who comes to class at Little Hands
Design learns about fashion and textiles practically and creatively.Sixteen-year-old Helen, who has been a student at Little Hands Design for many years, says “
Little Hands sits in a niche in the education side of the Fashion Industry.” Many often focus on the abstract aspects of design, but Helen says Little Hands teachers focus on “providing you with invaluable skills both physical and mental which enable you to follow through in the design process and actually realise your ideas.”

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Founder Astrid Jacoby teaching students about design.

Teachers use several methods, but one of their aims remains constant: teaching children how to set goals. Little Hands Design encourages students to be independent and take responsibility for their own learning.

The BBC says “most teachers intuitively believe there must be something inclusive about learning styles” (BBC). It’s important for students to “make their own connections” and “make sense of the relationship between new and existing knowledge, values, and beliefs” (BBC).

Different types of learners flourish in courses at Little Hands, but there is still a clear structure. The students’ projects engage their problem solving skills and connect their senses, especially their hands, to their brains through kinesthetic learning.

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Little Hands student modeling her fashion piece.

Students abilities should not be underestimated or undervalued. It’s important to encourage children “to take on positions of responsibility” because goal setting provides them “ownership over their actions” (Kumon). When children are allowed to be independent, they develop resilience and a sense of control of their goals. This increases their self satisfaction and confidence when their goal is completed.

When M., age 10, first learned how to sew at Little Hands Design, she “had to try it on a piece of paper.” Later on, she made a skirt, which was a challenge because she “had to keep unpicking and resewing.” However, M. says she felt excited when she was done because she had finally finished it.

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Little Hands student working on her project.

M. learned about responsibility through a creative learning outlet, which is often overlooked in favor of analytical learning styles (Impact). She also learned how to correct her mistakes and the importance of perseverance. These lessons will enhance her long term educational development.

The teaching style used at Little Hands Design provides its students logic skills and a safe,empathetic environment to develop their individual styles. The students’ progress is tracked in their Make It Diaries, which helps them retain new information. The diaries also help students learn about planning and estimating the amount of time and effort their goals require.

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A student’s Make It Diary.

E., age 12, says that at Little Hands, “we don’t ask what to do next.” Instead, she says “we  suggest it” and “guide you toward the answer” and the student interprets what they should do next. This teaching style is a prime example of how Little Hands Design emphasises independence and allows students to gain their own conclusions from their work.

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Little Hands student modeling her London Fashion Week piece she made in class at Little Hands.

Teaching methods and learning styles differ widely, which is why it’s important to teach students to set and work towards goals independently. Helen says the students at Little Hands Design benefit from teaching methods that provide “skills that [are] transferable from project to project both within the course and outside it.”

Students at Little Hands Design are always working to improve, regardless of the challenges. That’s something anyone, little hands or not, can benefit from.

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Student modeling her work.

How To Make A Dinosaur Tail!

Who wouldn’t want to be a dinosaur!

You will need:
1 x tail on the fold
Elastic or ribbon
1 x circle
1 x spikes
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1. Place your spikes onto the right side of the tail fabric onto one of the straight edges ,with the spikes facing downwards. Make sure your largest spike is at the largest end of your tail. Pin and sew.

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2. Fold your tail in half right sides together, Leave a gap in the centre of your tail. Pin and sew the two ends.

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3. Cut off the tip of your tail making sure not to cut the stitching.

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4. Measure some elastic around your waist and cut  about 5 cm smaller than you! Take your elastic and pin to either side of the bottom circle facing inwards. Sew.

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5. Use the reference method to pin the circle into the tail.

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6. Carefully sew around it!

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7. clip the curves of the circle. dino-9

8. Blind stitch the gap!

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