I am on my final block placement with a year 5 class. We've been learning about recycling and I've been told by the class teacher that I have to teach them how to make clothes from recycled materials. I'm dreading it to be honest and I'm trying to work out what to do. I have found some good things to make by weaving plastic bags e.g. hats, sandals, bags etc but the problem is, I don't have enough plastic bags for that and it talks about different types of stitching that I know nothing about. I always hated stitching when I was at school. My plan is maybe to get them to make something small in art this week. e.g a small purse or wallet by weaving plastic bags and then in the following lesson, I thought I could get them to fold plastic bags, I would use wax paper (if I can find out where to buy it from. Only heard about it today for the first time after watching someone demonstrate this on youtube!) and then iron it for them so that they are welded together (if that's the right word. I mean stuck together). They would repeat this process and then I thought they could sew the pieces together, either by hand or use a sewing machine if the school has one. I'm not confident about sewing and I don't feel confident about giving the children sewing needles to use either. Instead, could I just get them to staple the pieces together or use e.g. masking tape? I don't want the pieces to fall apart but it would be a lot quicker and easier. What else could the class use to make their clothes please? Which other recycled materials? Can they just bring their old clothes in and wear them and then make accessories etc? I really don't feel like I know what I'm doing so if anyone can help me, I'd really appreciate it. I'm not looking forward to teaching this in the slightest and I also have exams in a few weeks so the less prep I have to do, the better.