Fabric Teepee by Phat Quarters – Camp Sewing With Boys

Hi, it’s me again, Gemia, and I am so excited to be back here to share another day at camp with you! My little boys are fascinated with their Native American toys right now. We are having the perfect weather to set up camps, forests, and hunting grounds in our yard. They will spend hours pretending and playing and I love it! They needed some Teepees to go along with their toys but was unable to find what I wanted so I decided that we should just make some.

 First you will need to gather your supplies and your littles so that you can all work together on this project. Once you have everything you will start by prepping the paper cones. We want them to look like Teepees, so we are going to cut of the tip and cut a curved hole into the center base. This will require heavy duty scissors and should be done by the adult or older children. We made three cones and did this all at once for each cone. Once you have done this you can set the cones aside for a bit.

Now we need to prepare our animal skins, aka fabric scraps. I chose a few scraps of Tomahawk by Art Gallery, a coordinating geometric print, and bits & pieces of other prints that had a Native American feel. To prep you fabric you need to pull out your first print and one of the EZ-Steam adhesive sheet and your fabric scraps. I placed my fabric scrap Right-Side down on the table to start. Then, simply peel the backing off of one side of the adhesive sheet, and place that side onto the Wrong-Side of the fabric. Press this firmly as we are NOT heat sealing this. Then you, the adult, will need to trim the excess fabric off of the adhesive sheet. Grab one of the cones that you already cut and have it in front of you. Next, peel the backing from the other side of the adhesive sheet and slowly wrap this around the cone.

When you get to the point where the fabric is going to overlap, grab your scissors and cut the extra fabric, leaving enough room for the two ends to overlap slightly. DO NOT cut the fabric to match the teepee entrance that you cut in the cone- that will come next.

Now flip the cone so that the entrance into the teepee is down and you are looking at the inside of the cone. You are going to cut slits in the extra fabric from the edges up to the cone.

To make sure that the fabric stays down while the littles are playing with I decided to secure it with Duck Tape. This will also make for a fun background on the inside of the teepee. I choose this really cool leopard print roll and my little man choose a super hero roll. I love all the fun prints that Duck Tape has now!!! To do this you need to tear off little strips and simply press it onto the inside of the cone being sure to catch the raw edges for the fabric.
Now you have made a teepee, but of course we want to make it super cool, so we are going to use the Duck Tape to add a fringed trim and to make the tops of the teepees look like sticks are poking out. 
Grab the Duck Tape that you want to use, I am using the leopard print roll again, and peel a strip off that is just a bit longer than the height of the teepee. Next you need to fold over one side of the tape sticky sides together. Now take the scissors and cut tiny slits into the doubled-sided fold that you just created. Once you are done making the fringe, tape it onto the teepee using the exposed sticky edge. Start on the inside bottom edge, of the teepee, and work your way up to the top. Wrap the fringe around the opening at the top and press it all down. If you want to make more layers of fringe do that now. That’s it! You should have one really cool teepee to play with now!

 I am so excited at how well this project worked! My littles are having a ton of fun with these and they are sturdy and durable enough that they will last well beyond the summer time! Thanks for visiting with us today. I hope you stick around because there are a lot of more great adventures happening at our Camp her at Sewing With Boys!

Friends, Bubbles, and Paint


One of my favorite things that me and my kids have done so far this summer is visit Jonie and her kids in Tennessee. I feel like I have known Jonie for years and interact with her almost everyday online. So I was extremely excited to get to meet her in person while visiting my sister in TN. Jonie so graciously invited us over to her house for the day and had fun summer craft activities for the kids to do. It was so much fun to watch our kids play together. You would have thought they were long lost friend, the way they jumped right in and started playing together. I thought I would share with you the summer craft fun that our kids did! It was a great way to keep them playing so we could talk and enjoy our time together.

First, Jonie set up a great painting station outside. She lined the table with paper grocery bags and pulled out all sorts of paints and brushes. I thought it was brilliant that she had silicon kitchen type brushes for them to use. Finn loved that. The kids made a huge paint mess and had lots of fun mixing colors together. Best thing about this method of painting, after they are done you just roll up the paper, so clean up is easy.


Next the kids moved on to making giant bubbles. This was really fun to watch. The kids got all soapy and dirty but Joine pulled out the kiddy pool and the water hose for them to clean off in. There were a few mishaps with the water hose. Mainly brother spraying sisters.



It was a great day and our kids keep asking to see each other again.

I am very lucky that blogging has brought me such great friends. I only wish all of them lived close enough to visit!!!!

Bubble Recipe

  • 1/2 cup dawn dish soap
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin

Mix together slowly and try not to make the mixture foamy.

Bubble Makers

  • Straws
  • Yarn

String 2 straws onto approximately 1 yards of yarn. Tie yarn closed. Dip loop in bubble solution holding the straw handles and gently glide then through the air to create giant bubbles.

I hope you have fun day like this with your friend this summer, too!


Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets – Camp Sewing With Boys


Looking for something fun to do with your child WHILE doing something good for the environment?

Here is a fantastic project to do just that.


Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets


Let’s gather some supplies. You will need:

  • 2 empty juice pouches
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • velcro (not pictured above)

Start by cutting across the top of each juice pouch (where the straw goes), wash, and allow to dry.

Now it is time to cut the duct tape into strips.


You will need 4 shorter strips (the length of the shortest sides of the pouch- approx. 4″each) and 2 longer strips (the length of the longest sides-approx. 6″each). I cut them to size and then halved them by making a small slit, and ripping the tape. It ripped in a straight line every time.


Lay the tape on the table, sticky side up, and place the pouch edge on top of it.


Now fold up the tape. Repeat for the bottom of pouch. You will want to leave one pouch top not taped.


They should look like this. Now, trim off the excess tape.


Take the pouch with the two ends taped, and fold like this:


You will want the side that faces the correct way to be slightly lower than the other side.


Take the other pouch and insert it like the photo above, with the untaped side inside.


At the crease, place your last 4″ piece of tape to keep the two pouches together.


This is how it should look on the other side.


Fold up the upside down end, and tape the long sides now, so it forms a pouch.


Make sure to trim the excess tape.


If you have velcro dots, make sure to follow the instructions on the package. Take both dots and place them together (sticky sides facing out) and stick them on the flap. Then press down so they also stick to the body of the wallet.


Our dots needed to set for 24 hours closed and untouched.


After that, you are done. You can use your wallet!

*My tip on collecting juice pouches when your family doesn’t drink them: ASK EVERYONE! Camps, schools, family members, friends. It is amazing how many we collected after we started asking around. People actually saved them. We ended up with about 200!

Handprint Superhero T-shirt – Camp Sewing With Boys


Hello! I am Courtney from The Wholesome Mama and I am honored to be here today contributing with Sewing With Boys. I have 2 little boys, so I always have random projects floating around in my head. I am so excited about this project!
A while back I saw a print floating around on Pinterest with Superhero’s made from your kids handprints. I thought it would be such a fun way to not only decorate your kids tees and add charm, but also to include your child in the process. My little guy was right next to me the whole time, and even gave me some input on how HE wanted it to look. My son that I made this for definitely got my creative genes, so I love to ask for his advice and input on his clothing whenever I can.


  • fabric paint in your desired superhero colors
  • a variety of different sized paintbrushes
  • solid tee or panel for the tee you plan to sew

Of course I was going to make my own shirt for this project (I don’t know if I can physically purchase one…lol) so I chose the newly released Harvey V Neck Tee from Once Upon A Sewing Machine. If you are making your own shirt, I recommend painting the panel first and then assembling.

Place some paper or cardboard underneath the shirt (or inbetween the layers if using store bought) as to keep the paint from seeping through.

Apply a generous amount of paint to your child’s hand. Our first application barely even coated the fabric, so we did it again with more paint. Work quickly here as the fabric paint dries fairly quick.

Press firmly onto the center of your fabric, holding the fabric as you lift up your child’s hand…it will stick a bit.

Yay! Now you have the base of your superhero!

Next is what was the most fun for me. Transforming the handprint into the superhero.

My son chose to do Spiderman, so we needed black, blue and white fabric paint. I got myself a little palette of paint ready, and went to work. Get creative here. Pull up a picture of your chosen superhero and look at the details. Plan it out first and then get to work. ***It may be wise to practice this on a sheet of paper first before you move to the fabric.*** I like to live on the edge though, and went straight to the fabric.

I used the accent fabric for our tee as inspiration, and added the “BAM” “!!!” and the bubbles around Spiderman.

Once you are through, let it dry COMPLETELY! I waited a good 2-3 hours before I tested it. To set the paint, I ironed over the backside. And you are DONE! Finish sewing up your shirt according to the pattern you chose, and show that baby off!!! Little man was so excited and PROUD to be wearing his own handprint on his shirt.

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Hand Print Fireworks – Camp Sewing With Boys

Hi, I am Gemia Carroll from Phat Quarters. I am so thrilled to be here today and to be contributing on Sewing With Boys! I have a fun project for you to create with you little ones for the 4th of July. Firework Hand Towels.

I am in the thick of little kid messes, tantrums, and dirty hand prints on the walls! Yet, as I wipe those dirty hand prints off my walls for the 80th time, this week, I can’t help but think that soon they will not be in my home. So, today we are going to preserve the tiny hand prints on Tea Towels. These festive towels will not only look great in your kitchen or by the BBQ grill, but they can be mementos for years to come.

Tiny Adorable Hands 
(boy or girl, both work great!)
Tea Towel
Paint Brush / Foam Brush
Red & Blue Fabric Paint
Fabric Marking Pen
Basic Sewing Supplies

The first thing that you need to do is fold the tea towel n half and mark where you want the fireworks to be. You can use a fabric marker, chalk, or pins to mark them. For the best visual impact you want to have 3-5 fireworks that form a visual triangle(s) on your towel. Make sure that you are leaving enough room between each marking for the hand size of your little one.

Next you have to gather the rest of your supplies, including the children, and make sure that the tiny hands are clean. Then apply the paint onto your tiny hands using a foam brush. You will need to paint the hands evenly.

Once the paint is applied, and the giggling has stopped, help your little one place the center of his palm on the marking that you have made.

Press gently on his hand to ensure that his entire hand print is pressed onto the towel. Pull his little hand straight up and off the towel and then reapply paint. BEFORE you place his hand down again rotate the towel 90 degrees so that the painted fingers are in a new position.

Now place that sweet little hand down again with the palm in the same spot. The little fingers should be on a blank portion of the tea towel, NOT over the prints you just made. Rotate the tea towel 90 degrees again repeat the hand painting and pressing two more times. DO NOT forget to rotate your towel in between each.

Now you can choose a new child and a new paint color (or just one of those) to make the next firework on the next marking on your teat towel.

You repeat this same process for the last firework as well. Once all your fireworks have been painted onto the towel you will need to let it dry COMPLETELY!

Once the towel is dry you can choose to use fabric markers to draw details onto your fireworks, add painted stars, or anything else that you want. Once the tea towel is completely dry use an erasable fabric pen to draw details on to the tea towel. These will become your stitch lines.

Cut your patriotic fabric to match the size of your tea towel then pin the two pieces  right sides together, leaving a 2″ gap along the top short edge.

(When I was cutting my fabric to match the tea towel I noticed that the towel is not really a nice rectangle. So I decided to square up my tea towel before I stitched it to the fabric.) Sew the fabrics together, turn them out, clip the corners, press the towel well, and then top stitch the sides.

Now you can use your sewing machine to stitch all the extra details onto the towel. Have fun and switch up the thread colors, use decorative stitching, and just have fun with it. If you want to really go crazy you could skip sewing the towel to the fabric and do the detail stitching first then bind the towel!

 Once you are all done playing show your little ones what ‘they’ have created and see the joy in their eyes! Thanks for letting my be your camp instructor today! If you would like to keep in touch you can find me over at my blog Phat Quarters, on Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest, and Instagram!


Containers (for things) – Camp Sewing With Boys

SWB-camping-badge-01Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxMy son is a collector of just about anything that catches his eye but he always seems to be in full gathering mode whenever we are out in nature. Giving him containers to sort and house his “treasures” is a must.

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxI love re-using large and medium containers that are often found holding things like yogurt or sour cream. Not only are the containers the perfect sizes for re-purposing but the print often comes off with household supplies and elbow grease leaving a blank canvas to great creative with!

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxThe great thing about this project is that younger kids can partake in the decoration aspect and older kids can do the entire thing on their own. Alternative methods to the magic eraser mentioned in the tutorial should be tackled by a parent only.

– Plastic containers
– Permanent markers or other decorative materials
– Magic eraser or similar product to remove print from the container (optional if containers have no print)

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxYou can remove the print on many containers with nothing more than repeatedly rubbing a magic eraser over the area. 100% Acetone (nail polish) applied using a rag also removes the print with less elbow grease. The latter is something that should be done only by an adult wearing gloves in a well ventilated area. It might take longer using a magic eraser but overall it seems like the more convenient option to me. No need to take special precautions and kids can help with the task!

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxRemoving the print on some containers may prove more difficult than others. The marshmallow fluff containers I had leftover from making a cake filling gave us quite the workout but eventually we got a nice clear surface. Sometimes no matter how much you rub there will still be a faint impression left over instead of a perfectly white surface. I’ve found that once you re-decorate the container the impression is not noticeable at all.

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxContainers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so get creative with what you use. Even clear containers are great for this project!

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxContainers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxWe used permanent markers in an array of colors to decorate the containers. Anything can be used that will adhere to the plastic. Permanent markers, paint, stickers (ideal for smaller kids that you might not want wielding permanent markers), and even decoupage would all be great mediums to use.

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxThat is it! Sometimes the simplest projects are the best projects. Not only are you recycling but the re-purposed containers are great for a multitude of uses.

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxBe sure to also save the lids for enclosed storage.

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxEven without a lid the containers can be used for supplies of all shapes and sizes.

Containers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxContainers (for things) // Sewing With Boys // pensebroxOf course they are also perfect to be used outside for the collector!

Ice Painting – Camp Sewing With Boys


Today we have Katie from Stitchbox here on Camp Sewing With Boys. Have you checked out Stitchbox yet? It is a monthly subscription where you get everything you need to sew a project each month. Katie is showing us how to Ice Paint, his is something you will definitely want to do.

I decided a few weeks ago I wanted to try some ice dyeing with my son, and thought we should do pillowcases for when our family goes camping. I hate taking the regular pillows and pillowcases and having them come home smelling like campfire smoke, and I figured if they had cool new pillowcases, it might convince my kids to actually sleep on the pillows when we go camping, instead of trying to stay up all night!  It’s worth a shot, right? It’s summer in Texas, and the heat is typically somewhere between unbearable and completely ridiculous. But, of course, when it was time to start our project, we’re in the middle of some crazy rain every day for nearly a week (Tropical Storm Bill, anyone?)!


So we improvised, and did the project under our patio. The ice melted a little slower, but we still had fun!


 So here’s what we started with:  a set of 100% cotton white pillowcases, a tie dye kit (although regular fabric dye packets will work for this, too, I liked the colors offered in this kit and knew we could do several projects this summer with it), a bucket or plastic tub, metal cooling rack or tray to keep the fabric elevated so the dye will drain from the fabric, and a pitcher of ice!

I followed the pretreat instructions on the tie dye kit for our fabric, which said to wash the pillowcases in hot water and then make sure they’re still wet when you’re ready to dye them.  I filled four of the little tie dye kit bottles with the powdered dye in the colors my son wanted to use: lime green, red, orange, and blue.  You can choose to leave them in the plastic packages, or even put them into bowls, but working with my 4-year-old and his little sister, who is 3, I knew I didn’t want them having open access to the dye!  If you’re doing regular tie dye, now is when you’d add water to those bottles, but for ice dyeing, leave them dry.


Take your supplies outside (in the sun if possible), and set the metal rack on top of the tub. Arrange your pillowcases on the rack however you’d like.  My son chose to roll his up a little and then just plop it down, but my daughter let me leave hers mostly flat and just scrunch it smaller, making little wrinkles and hills all over.  Next, cover them completely with ice.  We used a mix of regular ice and crushed ice, and I think the crushed ice was easier for them to get onto the fabric and make it stay without it trying to fall off like the bigger pieces.


Once your pillowcases are covered with ice, use the bottles of powdered dye to squeeze little puffs of dye onto the ice.  Try to convince the kiddos not to touch the ice, which will be saturated with very concentrated dye!  Completely cover the ice with dye, and let the ice melt and drip into the tub below.



When the ice is melted, the pillowcases need to stay damp for 5-6 hours so the dye can really soak in, so I covered ours with plastic wrap to keep the moisture in.


After several hours, bring the tub inside and rinse the pillowcases in cold water until the water runs mostly clear. Then wash them twice in the washing machine – the first time with no detergent, and the second time with detergent, both times using warm water.  Dry the pillowcases on low heat in the dryer (or hang them to dry, if you prefer, but know that the dye will set more permanently if you go ahead and dry them).

There you go! Perfect camping pillowcases!  My son loves how his colors all ran together and made an almost camo effect, and my daughter’s favorite part is the big section of red on her pillowcase!

The more colors you layer on top of one another on the ice, the more color mixing you’ll get (like my son’s).  On my daughter’s, I convinced her to not add other colors on top of one another so we could see them stay mostly separate and get a different look.  I wish the colors had stayed brighter all over instead of just in spots, but I think next time we’ll be more generous with the dye and see if that helps!



Foam Sticker Fabric Stamps – Camp Sewing With Boys


We all know how hard it is to find awesome Boy Fabric that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Nichole kicked off Sewing With Boys Summer Camp series with tips on tie dying. You can read that HERE. Today’s post goes perfect with tie dying. Today we are going to show you how to make your own fabric stamps for CHEAP!! These are super easy and the sky is the limit.


Your boys (and girls) will love to create their own unique fabric by painting, dyeing and stamping fabric. It gives the fabric a one-of-a-kind look and you can customize it just the way you want.

This is seriously the EASIEST way to make a fabric stamp, and it is super cheap too. I paid $1 for my foam stickers, $2 for 2 tubes of fabric paint and I already had the craft foam sheet and the wood. You can also use duplo blocks or legos for this.

OK are you all ready? Are you sure? OK…here goes.
How To Make Easy Fabric Stamps - Knot Sew Normal First get a small piece of wood, a hot glue gun and some foam stickers or some craft foam. If using craft foam cut out shapes. I just cut some 1/4″ thick lines for my stripes. Hot glue craft foam shapes or stickers to wooden block. BAM!! Now you have your own fabric stamps. Now let’s stamp some fabric.

How To Make Easy Fabric Stamps - Knot Sew NormalFor this portion of the project you will need a foam paintbrush, some fabric paint and some fabric. Start by brushing your fabric paint onto your stamp using your foam paintbrush, then you are just going to stamp your fabric. Looky there you now have your own custom printed fabric and you didn’t even have to break a sweat! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Go out and make your own custom designs and share them over on the Facebook page or on Instagram using #campsewingwithboys  or by Tagging Sewing With Boys in your photos!

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Tie Dye Tips: Summer Camp Series with SWB

It’s summer time! And you know what that means…

Long, lazy days where the kids spend all their time in the sun, the pool, the yard…and then you hear it. The song of summer: “Moooooom! I’m booooored!”

Never fear! Sewing With Boys is kicking off our Summer Camp Series, and will be featuring fun tips and tutorials from some of your favorite bloggers to help you spark creativity all summer long!

It seems like one of the most popular projects for the summer is tie dying! Since my two and I recently tie dyed our own shirts to prepare for the 4th of July, I thought I’d share a brief run-down of our process…and our results! 

To start with, with a 7 year old and a 4 year old, I chose the easiest tie dye kit I could find: pre-made, pre-bottled. The kit came with rubber bands, but I recommend splurging for an extra bag at the dollar store. 

We followed the packaged instructions, and left our shirts to set for about 10 hours. 

When rinsing the shirts, I used cold water on one, and hot water on the other. With the cold water rinse, the whites stayed truer. However, I released more of the extra dye off the tee with the hot water rinse. 

I put each shirt onto a cookie pan after I rinsed it, to keep any stray dye contained. It also made it very easy to carry the shirts to the washer, without worrying about excess dripping. 

My biggest hassle with this project was not, surprisingly, keeping the kids dye-free. It was keeping myself dye free. The gloves provided were bulky and large, and made it hard to work on the project. (You can see spots on the shirts where blue dye touched red dye. I blame the gloves.) So I did what seemed rational at the time. I took off the gloves. 

Yeah. Not my finest moment. I briefly looked like I was turning Smurf, and I tried a couple of remedies to get dye off my fingers. What worked out the best for me (besides time) was a mixture of Dawn dish soap and baking soda. 

Also, I should mention that I washed our shirts in cold water, not the hot the package recommended. I added an extra rinse, too. (Just for those who worry about staining their washer, I ran an empty rinse cycle just to be sure before washing a regular load, and have had no problems with the following loads.) 

So there you have it! Our tie-dying tips!

Stay tuned for more Summer fun with the Sewing With Boys Summer Camp Series! 

*This post was previously featured over at Bluebird & the Boy