This is a really fun, engaging project that everyone LOVES. The first time I taught it, I was worried that my boys weren't going to get into to it, because.... well sewing. HOW WRONG I WAS! I think because it is such a hands-on-three-dimensional-real-materials based project, it really grabs the imagination of all types of learners. My creative types loved it. My puzzlers/problem solvers loved it. My type detail oriented kids loved it. My "loosey-goseys" loved it. It is a project that all skill levels will be successful with.
However, it is key to practice a few basic stitches first. We do a practice swatch that everyone turns in for a grade before starting the project. This will get students used to threading the needle, tying knots, storing their work, and the basic stitches of hand sewing. I have students seated in groups, so they naturally help each other if someone runs into trouble while I'm working with another table.