This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
Boys are now being taught sewing in the lower classes of many of the public schools, and it has been found helpful in forming habits of quietness, neatness and accuracy, besides teaching then to repair their clothes. Boys are not generally immaculate, and colored materials are more satisfactory than white. To interest boys there must be a great variety in the work.
A successful teacher of boys begins by teaching the stitches on colored canvas, following with a small checked gingham bag, three or more stitches being taken in each check. Then they learn the sewing-on of buttons; a gingham apron made for mother; a flannel blouse; splashers; darning, first on canvas or cardboard, then on cloth; patching; the working of the alphabet and figures on canvas, etc. An interesting outline map may also be made, by tracing the map on paper and pricking the outline on drab cambric; the pricking is clone with a coarse needle over a piece of heavy cardboard or felt. The land may be outlined with white knitting cotton, the rivers with finer cotton, the mountains represented by the knot-stitch, the principle cities located with red embroidery cotton, etc. Animals or any outline picture may be traced on cambric.