I have had the opportunity to teach the high school boys (Contenders) a bachelor survival sewing class. My objectives included: threading a basic size needle, choosing threads appropriate for the job at hand, sewing buttons on jackets, shirts, sweaters. We practiced a running stitch, whip stitch, and hidden stitch or slip stitch. We used all these stitches to repair various mending projects brought from home with the boys. These projects included jackets, sweaters, shirts, pillows, jeans, and dress pants. I provided each boy with his own camouflage sewing kit with web belt clip so they’ll be prepared for anything.
My objectives for this badge were that the boys would be equipped and prepared and able to mend any simple project that might come their way while away from mom for any period of time: school, camping, etc.
I would say we accomplished our objectives with the Contenders.
Angie Jones – Florida
We thought this such a great idea that we will be adding a Survival Sewing award for the boys!