Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sewing Project - Monkeys!

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For hand sewing practice, my classes have always really enjoyed creating monkeys - particularly the boys, go figure. They are simple little felt creatures with button eyes and stitched noses and mouths.


If you're wondering what happened to the one on the bottom left, the creator of that particular monkey told me that "He was in 'Nam." Fair enough.



121 comments:

  1. Do you have a pattern for these you could share?

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    1. You bet! It is saved on my work computer. I can send it to you on Tuesday (tomorrow is a holiday for us - Casimir Pulaski Day!). Thanks for checking out the blog!

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    2. I would love the pattern as well! Thank you! Lacosta@edkey.org

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    3. I am a second year FACS teacher, your blog and ideas are amazing!! Would you mind sharing your monkey pattern please? Thanks so much!!
      Sharon
      sharon.groom@nplatte.k12.mo.us

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  2. Could I also get the pattern for this? I am a new FACS teacher and your advice is great!! Thank you so much!

    bpurpura@blountboe.net

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    1. I just realized that when I sent this to you back in May I didn't use the correct email address so I sent it again today. Sorry for the blunder! Happy July!

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  3. I would also LOVE the pattern for this, if possible. I love all of your advice and ideas on this blog! Great stuff!!!!

    lucido09@gmail.com

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    1. I just realized that when I sent this to you back in May I didn't use the correct email address so I sent it again today. I did the same thing two times in one day, sheesh. Sorry for the error. Hope you're having a good summer!

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  4. I am a new middle school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and I recently came across your blog, and it is amazing! Thank you so much for all of the great ideas! I was wondering if you could consider sending me this pattern, my 6th grade students would absolutely love these!! Thank you so much! Hope you're enjoying your summer!

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    1. You got it! I just sent it by email. Hope it works out well for you!

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  5. your blog is awesome!! I am a FACS teacher in Virginia looking for some new ideas. I would love if you would share your monkey pattern.
    thanks!!!!

    kwettst@yahoo.com

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    1. Hiya! Thanks for reading - I emailed the pattern to you. Enjoy!

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  6. I am a high school FACS teacher and I am on my second year of teaching. I would love if you could send me the monkey pattern. Is this something the rest of the class is doing while two are on the machines?
    I am trying to have only a few on a machine at once because it was very hectic for me last year. Any other ideas of what to have the others working on would be great too!

    Thanks!
    Carmenrene87@aol.com

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    1. Totally understand about only wanting to run a few machines at once! This is a great one for most of the class to work on while others machine sew. Happy to share!

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  7. Hi! my middle school students would love this! Could you please send me any handouts or pattern that you use for this? I love love love your blog.
    elaineknoche@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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    1. It's in your inbox! This one's always been popular with my student, so I hope it goes well with yours! Thanks for reading!

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  8. Hi Denise,

    Your blog is AWESOME! I am a second year FACS teacher and will have 8 preps throughout the course of this school year -your wealth of knowledge is greatly appreciated. I love the monkeys and wondered if you could please send me the materials. I also liked your pillow case ideas and would appreciate those materials as well. Finally, have you ever taught a housing/interior design class? This is my new class for this year - any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks so much!

    jhertlein@fz.k12.mo.us

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    1. Thanks for the pat on the back! I sent the info you asked for to your email. I hope it helps you. Have a great school year!

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  9. Would love the monkey pattern! I am a veteran teacher but teaching 6th grade for the first time!! :\
    Love you blog!!
    Maggie
    MDieckhoff@usd232.org

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    1. Sent! I hope they like it - have a terrific school year!

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  10. I would love to have the monkey pattern. We always start out with a pincushion and this would lend well to this. :)

    Thank you Lewann
    Lewann_98@yahoo.com

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    1. Hope they enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Hi Denise,

    Would you please share your monkey pattern with me? We are starting hand sewing and my students would love this!!

    Thank you,
    Nikki

    ncrum84@gmail.com

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  12. Hey! I just started teaching middle school, and love this monkey pattern!!1 Is there any way I could get a copy of the pattern and instructions??
    LOVE your blog! I just stumbled onto it, and have been sucked into reading for hours!!
    Thanks,
    Liz

    elizabethopdyke@aol.com

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    1. Sent! Thanks for the compliments - hope you're having a terrific start to your school year! Go monkeys!

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  13. Hey! I just started teaching middle school, and love this monkey pattern!!1 Is there any way I could get a copy of the pattern and instructions??
    LOVE your blog! I just stumbled onto it, and have been sucked into reading for hours!!
    Thanks,
    Liz

    elizabethopdyke@aol.com

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  14. Hi Denise!
    I love your blog, so many great ideas. I especially love the organizing!! Could you send me the monkey pattern too please??

    Thanks!
    kristiekillen@comcast.net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I emailed the pattern to you - hope they work well for you!

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  15. Hi Denise! Love your blog. Found it on Pinterest. I will be starting hand sewing with my FACS classes this week. Do yoy mind sharing the monkey pattern with me??
    Thanks,
    Brianne Fox
    brifox123@gmail.com

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    1. Sent! I hope your classes enjoy these and turn out some awesome monkeys. Thanks for reading!

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  16. I would love it if I could get your monkey pattern! Thank you! teholder@paulbunyan.net

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    1. I sent it to your email - hope it helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Excited to do this with my 7th graders! Would you mind sending me the pattern please? tdorris@putnamcityschools.org Thank you!

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  18. Could you email me the monkey pattern, I think my students would love it. lisa.plummer@carter.kyschools.us

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  19. I would love this pattern. I have been teaching a neighbor girl how to sew. We have pillow cases down. I think hand sewing is a good next step. plantlady_3@yahoo.com

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  20. I would like this pattern as well! Would work great for 7th graders! emckown@graniteschools.org

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  21. I would also like this pattern; it would be excellent for my 8th graders! stitchers4@verizon.net

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  22. Could you please send me the pattern for the monkey. Love your site.
    email- cindyreardon7@gmail.com

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  23. I would love this pattern! In the process of some serious construction work at my school and the sewing machines had to be packed away for the rest of the year, but I still want to sew.

    IHJM92407@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  24. I see many have asked you for the monkey pattern- can I please have it too! Love your blog! So Creative!
    Thank you!!
    blazzaro@gmail.com

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  25. I, too, could use this pattern. I have seen it before as a sub (for a teacher of the same name and last initial--do you also threaten to feed your students to the dinosaurs if they do not behave for subs??), and the students did seem to enjoy the project and were proud of their work. Thank you.
    hckohout@gmail.com

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    1. Oh my goodness, I recognize your email address from Aesop - hilarious! My secret identity has been exposed :)! Yep, if you scroll through some posts from last school year I'm sure you'll recognize the classroom and the hideous stencils on the walls. I loved having you as a sub; about two sentences into the feedback you left me I realized you must be a FACS teacher because you actually taught! Awesome! I emailed you the monkey info, hope you enjoy the project!

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  26. Hi Denise! I'm a 2nd year HS FACS teacher. I didn't like the handsewing project that I had my students do last year, so I was looking for other ideas when I stumbled upon your monkeys. I would love if you could share your pattern with me & any advice you have regarding teaching it or anything else sewing related. Sewing is definitely not "my thing", & I dread teaching this unit. But, your monkey project has me excited!

    Thanks for your help! My work email is allison.miller@boonville.k12.mo.us

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    1. Done! Hope what I sent helps you out!

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  27. Hi! I am a new FACS teacher and think this is such a fun and creative idea! I would love if you could send me your pattern/directions/rubric or whatever it is that you use for this project. Awesome blog! Thanks a million! My email is suzyzoo16@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Katie, I've sent you the monkey docs! Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. Could I please get the monkey pattern? A student saw them and wants to try them. Thanks in advance!

    wagonerv@caston.k12.in.us

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    1. Hi there, I just sent it out. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

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  29. I also love your monkey pattern! My students want to make them after giving them choices of what to make. Can you please send me the pattern as well? Thanks!!

    hhall@bryantschools.org

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    1. I emailed the pattern to you - happy monkeying around!

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  30. I would love this pattern too! Just finishing up my first year teaching, so am looking for new projects to try out next year!:) Thanks! ashlee.sladky@centennialbroncos.org

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  31. Please send me a copy of this pattern! As a new FACS teacher I have sewing machine-a-phobia so I'd love to test the sewing waters with a hand sew project. Thank you so much! tish_523@yahoo.com Have a great summer!

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    1. Sent! This is a great project to get them going with. Sorry for my delay in responding; time for catch-up now that school is over!

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  32. I'm in the same boat as Tisha. Sewing is not my forte but this looks like a great project. Even the boys would be excited to make these. Please send me a copy of the pattern to nannen90@gmail.com Thanks so much

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    1. It's so true about the boys - there's just something about these monkeys! I sent the pattern to your email - sorry it took so long! Hope it works well for your classes!

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  33. I would love this pattern too! I just got hired as a first year teacher for FACs starting in Sept, and am trying to build classroom ideas for the year. Could you please send me the pattern to kheck@springfieldcollege.edu. Thank You!

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    1. Pattern is on the way! It's a GREAT idea to stockpile as many possibilities as you can over the summer - the time FLIES once school starts, you just don't know where it goes! I hope this project works well for you. Good luck on your first year!!!

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  34. I would love to have the monkey pattern as well. I am working on lessons/projects for next year. Thanks.
    Dana Keller
    kellerd@jackson.k12.al.us

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    1. Pattern sent! So funny how we spend all this time looking forward to summer break, but we've already started working on next year! Good luck with this project, it's always been a good one for me. Enjoy your summer!

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  35. Can I also get?a?pattern and instructions

    Bucsguard@gmail.com

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    1. I just sent them out! Thanks for reading - enjoy the monkeys!

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  36. Hi Denise,
    Thank you for posting the classroom starter kit ideas and the monkey project. I am new at teaching FACS in a middle school and would love the pattern and directions for the monkey project!
    Karen

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    1. You bet! I just need your email address (clicking on "kcs" just gives me a "noreply-comment" address). If you just email me at facsclassroomideas@gmail.com I'll reply with the monkey items. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. This looks like an awesome project for my 8th graders! I would love the pattern and instructions.

      oliverc@mpsct.org

      Thanks!!!! I love your blog :)

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    3. May I please also get the pattern and directions? Thank you so much!! Dbeverest@gmail.com

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    4. Sent! Hope your kiddos enjoy them!

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  37. Could I please get the monkey pattern as well? I'm starting my first year of teaching and am on the hunt for great ideas! Thank you!
    mbilskemper@gmail.com

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  38. I'd love a pattern as well. I'm a first year FACS teacher in Minneapolis, and I'm looking for easy ways to teach my students how to hand-sew. This looks great!
    kosa0504@gmail.com

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    1. Sent! Hope your students (and you) enjoy them - have a great year!

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  39. I would love to try the monkey project. What a great way to learn hand sewing! Could you please send me a copy of the pattern and directions as well? Thanks!
    kfredrickson@buhlerschools.org

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  40. hello could you please send me the pattern this would be ideal to teach my son how to sew. thanks so much clare.laverick@gmail.com

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  41. sorry its clare.x.laverick@gmail.com x

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    1. Hi there! It's been sent to that second address - let me know if you don't get it! Thanks for reading!

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  42. Could you send me the monkey pattern and instructions? kchristy@chillicotheschools.org Thank you!

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    1. Done! Hope it goes well for you - thanks for reading!

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  43. Could you send me the monkey pattern and instructions as well? kfredrickson@buhlerschools.org
    Thank you!

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    1. Sent to your email address - enjoy the monkeys!

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  44. I am a first year FACS teacher in WI, I need a hand sewn project for my 8th grade EXPO class. Love your blog and your little monkey pattern. Could you send it to me? Thanks!!
    anderaly@pittsville.k12.wi.us

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    1. Thanks! I've sent the pattern to your email address. Hope it's a fun project for your kiddos!

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  45. Is it possible to get a copy of this pattern? Looks like a fun project for my students.
    mboldt@aacps.org

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  46. I would love this pattern/instructions. sachase@garlandisd.net
    Thanks!

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  47. I would love this pattern also if you could send it to me
    mbrown@bsd.k12.in.us

    Thank you so much!!

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  48. Could you send me the monkey pattern to me too please? :)
    rachel.agee@rcs.k12.al.us

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  49. I would love the monkey pattern for my FACS students too please. Thank you so much!
    heidieichten@gmail.com

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  50. Could you send me the monkey pattern to me too please and a copy of the practice dot paper?? :) maurusja@dhsd7.net

    Thanks!

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  51. I would love the pattern as well! Thanks! hamkat@wilsonsd.org

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  52. I would love to have your monkey pattern. Thank you!! ashlee.ward@comalisd.org

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  53. I would also love to get a copy of the monkey pattern if you're still sharing it! Thanks! jerilynnel@yahoo.com

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  54. Would love the pattern for next week....

    laurenap18@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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  55. Great ideas! If you're still sharing the monkey pattern I would also appreciate a copy. Thanks!

    sbeckel78@gmail.com

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  56. My middle school kids love to sew! They would really like the monkey. Could you send me the pattern?
    jroberts@monomoy.edu

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  57. My middle school kids love to sew! They would really like the monkey. Could you send me the pattern?
    jroberts@monomoy.edu

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  58. These look awesome! Could you send me a copy of the pattern/directions? I am second year FACS teacher and I am looking for an after project for my students to do when they get done with their main project!
    Many thanks!
    chelly102090@gmail.com

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  59. Hi, could you send me the pattern and directions for this? I will be teaching FACS for the first time in the fall and I would love to use this in my class. Thank you! tlepock84@gmail.com

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  60. I LOVE your blog! This project is wonderful! I will be teaching FACS for the first time this fall and would greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to share it with me. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful advice, tips and fun ideas! My email is jlechner83@gmail.com

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  61. I am always looking for new projects and this looks like a winner. Can you please send me the directions and pattern? This is my email ssherrmann@msn.com

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  63. Could you also send me the directions and pattern for the monkey? My email is ashleesites@gmail.com. Also, do you have any suggestions for different sewing projects for grades 6-8?

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  64. We are about to start sewing and I have a lot of males in class, this would be perfect. Would you mind sending your pattern to rheanna.fagan@gmail.com Thank you for your great ideas!

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  65. Hi, I was wondering if you could email me the pattern for this project? My email is natashabrown1988@gmail.com. I'd love to do this with my 8th grade FACS students! Thank you!

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  66. Me too! I am a new fashion design teacher and I want to introduce my students to sewing. This would be an awesome lesson for them! Here is my email address Chineye.teems@wrightms.org

    Thank you in advance

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  67. I'm interested in a copy of the monkey pattern and directions to use with my FACS students. Please send the information on how to obtain this information to bowmanmilll@friscoisd.org

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  68. I'm interested in a copy of the monkey pattern and directions to use with my FACS students. Please send the information on how to obtain this information to kacie.brummel@cox.net. I donated to your Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and received the great resources. I saw the monkey rubric and would love to know how to get the rest. Thanks again!!!

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  69. I like everyone else would like a copy of the monekey and instructions. I have read every single section of this blog. You are a wealth of knowledge. So glad I happened across you...this is a perfect option for 7/8th graders. You are so clever! cgandy@sd308.org

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  70. Your monkey pattern is adorable. Are you still sharing your pattern and instructions? I would love to replace my current hand sewing project with this one in all of my FACS classes. Thank you for your help. Melinda mgeorge@buckeyeusd.org

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  71. Do you have the pattern posted anywhere? If not would you be able to email it to me? my email is mnewcomer@bgschools.k12.mo.us
    Thanks!

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  72. I'd love the monkey pattern. kristina.scherber@isd624.org

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  73. This is adorable! If you're willing, would you send me the pattern, please? rachel.nations@omaha.k12.ar.us

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  74. What a great project! Can you send me the pattern as well:) Thank you!
    kgresham@spotsylvania.k12.va.us

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  75. Would you send me the pattern too! Love this idea! :) Thank you so much!!
    julsmarie@hotmail.com

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  76. This looks like an awesome project that my students would enjoy. Can you send me the pattern as well? Thanks! KKoppenol@centralcss.org

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  77. Your blog has been soo helpful!! Thank you for passing along your wisdom and expertise!

    Could you pass along the template for your monkeys, please?

    a.gilbert@pucschools.org

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  78. Can you send me the pattern please.

    jayden.honeyfield@yahoo.com

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  79. Hi-are you still sharing the monkey pattern? If so, I am interested in it. Also, is the resources in exchange for a donation still available? My email is finley.dawn@bcsdk12.org Thanks

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  80. I love your monkey project if you still have the pattern could you please share it with me
    pbrowning@tvilleschools.org

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  81. I love your monkey project if you still have the pattern could you please share it with me
    pbrowning@tvilleschools.org

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  82. Hi,

    It looks like interest in your pattern has never run out! I am teaching a Life Skills class - similar to a Home Ec classes of old. I would love the pattern if you are still sharing! cforrester@farragut.org

    Thanks!

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  83. I absolutely love your site. You are incredibly organized and have so many wonderful ideas. WOuld you mind emailing me the pattern too?? telarkin1223@aol.com Thank you!

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  84. I would also love to have a copy of the Monkey pattern. It looks like it would be something that my middle school FACS students would love to do. Thanks so much for sharing. My email is tammy.goodwin1964@gmail.com.

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  85. I would love a copy of the monkey pattern. Looking for a fun FACS project for the last 2 weeks of school. eejenkins77@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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