Dreaming of my fabric scrap bin…
1) Pull out fabric scraps and heat ‘n bond adhesive and poly-fill.
2) Cut out a whoooooole bunch of little rectangles of fabric.
3) Apply Heat ‘n Bond onto white fabric and cut out letters and numbers.
4) Iron the numbers onto the rectangles (following Heat ‘n Bond instructions).
5) Fold rectangles in half and sew three sides of the rectangles together.
6) Stuff with Poly Fill.
7) Sew the final side shut and cut the edges with pinking shears for effect and to prevent fraying.
8) Et voila!!
Now spell or add away…
I did one for each letter of the alphabet then all numbers zero to ten and a little plus, minus and equals.
We like math, in this house
Jan 25 2010
The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!
My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!
Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little. I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!
Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love. We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water. But this? This is awesome! It’s whiteness is totally like snow. It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel. I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it. And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.
Jan 12 2010
The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew. Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter. I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman. So, I made one up and here is my tutorial. Please excuse the photos. I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it. While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!
Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt! (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything. If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)
1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there. So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.
2) Then I cut all the fabric into pieces that were wider at one end, than the other.
3) Then I cut them all into this neck-tie shape.
4) and sewed them (right-sides together) into one big long line with the narrow ends together and the points hanging down. Then sewed the two far ends together to make a skirt.
5) Next, I lined up a piece of fabric along the top and sewed it (right sides together) to create a waistband.
6) I folded that over and sewed it down, leaving a gap through which to push the elastic to create my completed skirt.
Without any more waiting, the “b-you-da-ful” princess put on her skirt and started twirling. She’d been hovering over my shoulder the whole time. Impressively, the whole thing only took me about half-an-hour to make!!
Also, I decided not to finish the bottoms, like I wanted to, because this fabric is brutal to sew with just my sewing machine. The serger just ripped through it but I just about broke my needle on my machine with the silly sequins.Voila!