A course of sewing gives innumerable opportunities for the construction of serviceable and interesting things. Teachers need never be at a loss for application of any stitch in a useful article which offers excellent constructive possibilities and can be made at a very small expense. There are numerous things to choose from which are quickly made and simple enough in construction for very young children. Mats, bags, dusters, pin-cushions, needle and pin cases, whisk broom and other holders, moccasins, signal flags, sails, blankets, and simple garments or house furnishings may be made with coarse stitches, and yet be effective for use. An almost endless number of more elaborate things may be made by older children. It is well for the teacher to remember that good workers enjoy difficult tasks, and it is a mistake to give too easy work to older girls, who have had experience. A course of sewing may be so chosen that it adapts itself to different environments, to varied possibilities of expense, or to conditions which need consideration or direct assistance.
Opportunity should be taken regularly to develop social and economic thought in the pupils. Such discussions may be conducted as, the kinds of material adapted to the purpose in hand, the values of differing fibers, the consideration of cost, the elimination of waste, and the condition of the workers in the regular market engaged in similar occupations.
It is sometimes well for the teacher to center the sewing around some special subject, such as clothing to be worn by school children. Under such a topic as this the class can consider what is the most hygienic kind of dress, the proper style to use on various occasions, the best clothing at the least expense, and how to utilize simple decoration with attractive results. Whole neighborhoods may be helped by such study. The garments may be made in large or in small sizes, according to the age and ability of the children, or to the time available for sewing. They can, if desired, make every piece of clothing from combination underwear to hats and coats for out of door service. Other subjects, such as cooking, cleaning and serving, the needs of the linen closet, historic dress, the furnishing of a room or house, uniforms and equipment for nurses or housemaids, may each suggest a new set of articles for the classes and furnish matter for discussion and study.