I'm preparing for a couple of upcoming classes. The first group,a garden club, is a big unknown for sewing ability, so I will use a kit that is excellent for introducing bead weaving; a square stitch bracelet with five flower shank buttons for decoration.
The button shank takes the place of a bead and is sewn into the bracelet. It is a great introduction to bead weaving, is appropriate for beginners and can be completed in a couple of hours.
The second group are accomplished sewers, but I will use the same project because they will be able to complete it by the end of the class and have a completed project. It is infinitely customizable, so they can hit their button stashes for a wide variety of looks.
The top sample is for a friend who likes pirate stuff, the middle bracelet is a sample using pretty buttons, the bottom sample is for my daughter who loves candy corn. These are all the same square stitch bracelet, just different buttons.