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Thread the Needle

June 16, 2021 | Sam Martino

Wondering about those pillows your child is bringing home? 

Lots of details are being added to this pillow.

Third graders are working on their final art project of the year. Over the last couple of weeks the Fountains and Mountains have been reviewing sewing in preparation for making their own pillows.

This pillow has a whip stitch going around the outside.

Students practiced threading a needle, the running stitch, the back stitch, and the whip stitch. Many students felt confident about the project, having already done some sewing in first grade. 

Some students opted to design their pillow in a unique shape.

Each student had the chance to design a template for their pillow. After reviewing the design and adding extra details, students began to sew the two pieces of felt together. This process required careful planning from students and patience. Sewing can be a slow process and, as many students learned, threading a needle is an art. 

This pillow is stuffed and ready to be sewed up.

With strong fine motor skills and an understanding of the design process, students were able to make some amazing pillows.

Sam Martino

Teacher, Grade 8

Sam Martino is the 8th Grade homeroom teacher and Middle School Social Studies teacher. He graduated from Fordham University in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in history. Before joining the staff in 2015, Mr. Martino worked as a substitute teacher at Mustard Seed School. During his time as a substitute, he was able to work with every elementary and middle school class. Mr. Martino’s connection to Mustard Seed School goes back much further, however. He first connected with Mustard Seed in 1999 when he enrolled as a second-grade student. In 2006, Mr. Martino graduated from Mustard Seed School. His mother served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and Mr. Martino’s two brothers also graduated from Mustard Seed. A lifelong Hoboken resident, Mr. Martino is excited to continue working with students in a unique urban community. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, and movies. He can often be seen lugging instruments around town as he travels to and from practices and shows.

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