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!

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!

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!

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