Today, we are taking sewing to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. We'll be making Pocket Rockstars as part of their Community Day. If you're in Memphis, please come by and sew with us!
Inspired by the awesome current exhibitions by Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars and the new Rotunda Project, we came up with the idea of a Pocket Rockstar.
How to make your own Pocket Rockstar:
*muslin about the size of a sheet of paper
*cool fabric scraps about the size of a sheet of paper
*sewing materials (thread, needle, scissors, sewing machine, ruler)
*crayons or fabric markers
Note - We like to work in numbers, so this tutorial makes several dolls depending on the length of your fabric. You can also make one doll at a time by cutting the fabric into 4-inch wide lengths.
1. Cut muslin into 3-1/2 inch wide strips.
2. Cut front fabric into 6 inch wide strips. (Kids can just eyeball this part if they want)
3. Using a zig zag stitch, machine sew the strips together, matching the edges. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can handsew them together; however, you should only make one doll at a time.
4. Cut the sewn strips into dolls about 4 inches apart.
5. Decorate the doll face with crayons or fabric markers. What will your rockstar look like?!
6. Trace the doll onto your backing fabric and cut it out.
7. Put the sides together with the good sides facing out. Sew all around the rockstar leaving a hole for stuffing. We left the bottom open.
8. Stuff the rockstar and sew the hole closed.
Time to Rock-n-Roll!
Make some more and form a band!