Dane County Cultural Tour

Randall School, Room 202
Madison, Wisconsin

Making a Potholder for Mr. Wagler's 4/5 Classroom Project

Design Process for Mr. Wagler's 4/5 Classroom Potholder Project

Each student first made 6 designs that represent aspects of family culture--and then chose 2 that fit the following criteria:

represents family culture,
recognizable image,
simple/bold design,
fills most of the space.

Needlework Process

Working with parents and Ms. Wendt, students cut out the designs and used them as patterns for cutting pieces of fabric, glued these pieces of fabric on to 8" by 8" squares of fabric, parents sewed the pieces on to the backgrounds, sewed on the backs, filled them with stuffing, and quilted them (the parents brought two sewing machines to class).


The potholders were sold at the Franklin-Randall Dance for $8 each. The money is being used to support classroom fieldtrips to study Dane County culture.

Below are images in the process of making a potholder

Click here to see a letter to principals and 4th grade teachers explaining the Dane County Cultural Tour project

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Stops in the Dane County Cultural Tour

Farmers' Market (Madison, Wisconsin)

Bayview Apartments (Madison, Wisconsin)

Folklore Village (Dodgeville, Wisconsin)

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