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.

Supplies
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!

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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.

Supplies:
– 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

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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!

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Foam Sticker Fabric Stamps – Camp Sewing With Boys

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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.

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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!

Make sure to grab a badge and share that you are joining in on the fun with Camp Sewing With Boys.

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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

 

Revenge of the 5th!! Free Star Wars Joke Printable

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Yesterday, the 4th May have been with you…but today it’s Revenge of the 5th! Never fear–we’ve got your back! Keep the Dark Side at bay with this free joke printable!

Click on this link for the printable —> Star Wars jokes. Print your page as a two sided document (Page 1 on the front, Page 2 on the back). Use card stock for extra durability, but regular paper works great, too! Cut around each shape, and get ready to giggle your way through the galaxy!

 

Rebel Alliance Pouch Tutorial and Free Printable

May The 4th Be With You! It is Star Wars Day and oh boy, we have something fun for you. We showed you how to turn your boys pants into shorts for the summer and now we have a project to use up all those pants legs. Check out our Rebel Alliance Pouch tutorial and then make sure to download your very own Rebel Alliance Printable.

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With Boys

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With BoysI used the printable to make this really cool Rebel Alliance patch. I printed it out on transfer paper following the packages directions and ironed it onto some white muslin.

 

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With Boys Grab one of those leftover pants legs and let’s get to work.

 

 

 

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With BoysTurn the pant leg inside out and stitch along the open end.

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With BoysFinish off the edge so it won’t unravel. I used my serger, but you could also use a zig-zag stitch.

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With BoysAttach your patch if you made one, or you could make a freezer paper stencil to add the logo.

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With BoysRight under the hemline stitching you will either add buttonholes or grommets (like I did) to thread your cord through.

Upcycled Pouch Tutorial and Star Wars Printable by Sewing With BoysFold the hemline to the inside and press, stitch right under your buttonholes or grommets to form your casing. Using a safety pin, thread your cord through the casing.

 

 

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Make sure to DOWNLOAD your very own Rebel Alliance Printable to make a pouch for your very own little Jedi. There are two sizes in the PDF file for your convenience.
We would love to see anything you make using the tutorial or the printables. Tag us with #sewingwithboys on social media.

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Time To Travel-Day 10

This is it! The final day of our tour…and the last day you can purchase the Sewing With Boys Time to Travel ebook at the discounted price…and the last day you can enter to win the amazing prizes listed below!! You really don’t want to miss this sale…and just in case you need more reasons to jump on this, check out these awesome projects from Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox!!

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Remember, the sale on the ebook ends today! Plus, for a limited time, we have exclusive discount codes for Mabel Madison and Fat Quarter Shop that are only available to those why buy the eBook. You can pick up your copy through our site or through Etsy – it is already marked down – no coupon code needed!

We also have a giveaway for you – there will be three lucky winners:

Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to FabricWorm and a copy of Time to Travel*

2nd: 1 yard of fabric from Mabel Madison and a copy of Time to Travel*

3rd: a copy of Time to Travel*

*If you buy the eBook and win the giveaway, we will either refund your money, or send the copy on to a friend of your choice.

But that’s not all! If you buy the eBook during the tour, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $30 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!

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April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee

April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy!

April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste

April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood

April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara

April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire

April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox

Time To Travel – Day 9

Check out today’s AWESOME looks from Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

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The eBook is on sale through the end of the tour (5/1/15) and for a limited time, we have exclusive discount codes for Mabel Madison and Fat Quarter Shop that are only available to those why buy the eBook. You can pick up your copy through our site or through Etsy – it is already marked down – no coupon code needed!

We also have a giveaway for you – there will be three lucky winners:

Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to FabricWorm and a copy of Time to Travel*

2nd: 1 yard of fabric from Mabel Madison and a copy of Time to Travel*

3rd: a copy of Time to Travel*

*If you buy the eBook and win the giveaway, we will either refund your money, or send the copy on to a friend of your choice.

But that’s not all! If you buy the eBook during the tour, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $30 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee

April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy!

April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste

April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood

April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara

April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire

April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox

 

 

Time To Travel – Day 8

Have you bought your copy of Time To Travel yet, it is only on sale until Friday. If you haven’t bought a copy yet, then maybe today’s bloggers will convince you that it is a must have. Today we have Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

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The eBook is on sale through the end of the tour (5/1/15) and for a limited time, we have exclusive discount codes for Mabel Madison and Fat Quarter Shop that are only available to those why buy the eBook. You can pick up your copy through our site or through Etsy – it is already marked down – no coupon code needed!

We also have a giveaway for you – there will be three lucky winners:

Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to FabricWorm and a copy of Time to Travel*

2nd: 1 yard of fabric from Mabel Madison and a copy of Time to Travel*

3rd: a copy of Time to Travel*

*If you buy the eBook and win the giveaway, we will either refund your money, or send the copy on to a friend of your choice.

But that’s not all! If you buy the eBook during the tour, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $30 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee

April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy!

April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste

April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood

April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara

April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire

April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty

April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K

May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox

 

 

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