by Karen & Grace Morris
Read Acts 9:36-42. Then do some Bible crafts about Dorcas so, your kids can remember the story.
Dorcas or Tabatha was full of good works and acts of charity.
She made tunics and other garments for the widows in Joppa. But she had died.
Some men from the town went to find Peter. They urged him to come and help. Peter followed the men back to the room where Dorcas was. Peter prayed and Dorcas was raised from the dead.
Sewing thread is wound on a spool. Dorcas would have used some type of thread to make the tunics.
Cut a 2-inch piece from a cardboard tube. Cut slits on the ends. Fold the slits so they are out.
Cut two 2 1/2 inch circles from the index card. Punch a hole in the center of the circles.
Put some tacky glue on one side of the tube and place the circle over the glue. Hold a minute or two so the glue sticks. Let the glue dry.
Cut a small slit in the side of one of the circles.
Cut at least 7 feet of yarn.
Thread the yarn in the slit in the circle and wrap around the tube.
Needles have a hole to hold the thread and a sharp point to pierce the fabric.
Cut a 5-inch rectangle. Round one end. Cut down each side so that it comes to a point at the bottom. The rounded end needs to be big enough so that you can punch a hole in it. The sides need to be narrow.
Cover with foil. Trim off any extra foil.
With a hole punch, make the eye of the needle on the rounded end.
Dorcas made tunics for the widows of Joppa. Use the yarn that you wrapped around the spool and the handmade needle to finish this craft.
Fold your construction paper in half. Draw a tunic shape. A tunic looks something like a t-shirt.
The body is a rectangle, 5 1/2 by 2 1/4 inches. The arm (measured from the underarm) is a rectangle 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches. Draw a curved line at the top of the tunic. Cut out.
Unfold the paper tunic you just made. Use it as a pattern to draw the shape on the cardboard. Cut out.
If you are careful, you can cut four shirts from one filing folder.
Glue the cardboard to the paper. Trim the cardboard if you need too.
Punch holes around the edge. You don't want the holes too close together if you are going to use the handmade needle. Also, make small slits in each hole so that the foil needle will go through.
Use yarn (you can use the yarn that you wrapped around the homemade spool) to sew the tunic.
Cut you yarn. Tie in a bow.
A cute reminder of Acts 9:39.
Fold your piece of construction paper back and forth eight times.
On one side, draw half of a shirt.
Cut on the side and under the sleeve. Also cut the side of the tunic next to the sleeve and the neck curve. Don't cut the end of the sleeve, the shoulder, or the folded side of the tunic.
Unfold, you should have four tunics that are joined together at the ends of the sleeves. The last sleeve will be pointed. Cut the point off.
With a pen or marker, write “see what Dorcas made.”
In Act 9:36-42, we learn about a woman that was charitable. Let's remember the story by making Bible crafts for Dorcas.