Student-made hats go to good causes

Adam Larck
Freshman Samantha Heiden cuts fabric for a fleece hat.

The students in the Family and Consumer Science 2 class have found a simple way to benefit multiple groups.

The girls recently made fleece hats that are being donated to patients with cancer, the homeless and those in need.

“Throughout this project, students have demonstrated their ability to follow a pattern and its directions, layout and cut fabric and operate a sewing machine,” student teacher Melissa Keller said. “This project helps promote Family and Consumer Sciences at Metamora Township High School by allowing students to use their sewing skills to create and donate fleece hats to an organization that works closely with cancer patients, homeless individuals, and those in need.”

To make the hats, the girls chose a piece of fabric to cut a design out of before sewing it together and sewing a band around it.

Freshman Kailyn Gaubatz chose a basketball design for a boy.

“I just got a random one,” she said. “It was for boys because a lot of girls were making girls hats.”

Meanwhile, freshman Grace Gibson made a hat with black paw prints and a black band around it.

“It was actually really easy to make,” she said. “Anyone could do it.”

The girls made between one and two hats to send off. Currently, Keller said that she is waiting on a few more hats before sending about 16 off to be used.

The class was excited to be able to donate the hats to people that had a need for them.

“I thought that was really nice that we were donating the hats to patients that could use them because we probably wouldn’t,” freshman Jordanne Bale said.

Gaubatz said she was happy to donate them because, “it’s going to a good cause.”

Keller said she decided to have the class make fleece hats because it was, “a simpler project that did not require much technique and had simple steps to follow that were consistent throughout the project.”

She also had the class do a separate project than the sand scarf project to try and reach more people to help.

“Most importantly, I wanted all of my students to see the many different ways you can use your sewing skills to help people and make a difference,” Miller said. “Making sand scarves for the military and then making fleece hats for cancer patients, homeless people, and others in need are two completely different examples of how that can be done.”

For most of the students in the class, this was their first year sewing. However, it looks like it will not be the last year of sewing for some of them.

“I actually really like it,” Gibson said. “It’s a lot of fun. I do it as a hobby.”