Summer Fun Crafts for Kids as seen on WGN Chicago

I had a blast being a part of the Midday Fix on WGN!

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Slumber Party Pillow Bag Craft Project

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Craft Supplies Needed

  • Pillowcases that have been pre washed without fabric softener
  • Stamps
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Paper plates
  • Colored permanent markers
  • Piece of cardboard to put in between the layers of your pillow case

 

 

 

Project Instructions

  1. It is really important that your pillowcase has been prewashed with fabric softener.
  2. Decide what design you want on your pillowcase. If you use fabric paint (Tulip by Duncan or So Soft by Decoart) you can stamp all over your pillowcase and it will dry soft to the touch.
  3. Place your colors onto a paper plate. Use a sponge brush for each color. Use the brush to apply the paint to your stamp. I don’t recommend putting the stamp into the paint. It just makes a mess.
  4. Before you stamp place the cardboard inside your pillowcase and under where you are going to stamp. That way the paint won’t bleed thru to the other side. Stamp away!
  5. After you have stamped use the markers to draw in any detail. Let dry and set with an iron or in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Make sure it is completely dry first!!!
  6. Now you can enjoy your personalized, custom pillowcase. Bring it with you to any sleepover and make your friends jealous!
This next project comes from the wonderful folks at: 

CREATEI Heart Tie Dye
Designed by Pattie Wilkinson
Show your love for tie-dye fashion with a vibrant heart tee! Use bold Tulip® One-Step Dye™ and Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™ for a look that’ll make you swoon.

Instructions
1. Prewash T-shirt; do not use fabric softener. Do not dry.
2. Protect work surface with Surface Cover then lay damp shirt on work surface.
3. Fold shirt in half vertically, with fold pointed toward the right.
4. Use a pencil to lightly draw half of a heart in center of shirt, beginning at fold.
5. Pinch the shirt along the pencil line with fingers, gathering all the way around the heart shape. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the heart section then wrap another rubber band 1” below first rubber band.
6. Wearing plastic gloves from box, add water to dye bottles, filling to line indicated on bottles. Replace caps tightly and shake bottles until dye is dissolved.
7. Squeeze Fuchsia dye onto heart section of shirt, getting dye close to rubber band. Squeeze Yellow into the 1” section below heart section, then squeeze Fuchsia onto remainder of shirt.
8. Cover shirt with Surface Cover to keep damp and let set 4 to 6 hours or longer for most intense colors. Fill washer to large load setting with cold water and a small amount of laundry soap. Cut rubber bands off shirt then wash separately on a large load setting with a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately in dryer.
9. Insert Fashion Form between layers of shirt.
10. Squeeze puddles of Azalea and Berry Red Soft Fabric Paints onto a piece of foil. Mix colors with paintbrush then brush feathered lines along the edge of the heart as shown.
11. Let dry flat 2 hours. Wait 72 hours to wash.

See it done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl7mOF4ZJo8

super simple with terri oHaving an assortment of craft products on hand while the kids are home for the summer means it is super simple when you are ready to do art together!

Googly eyes, crayons, pipe cleaners, papers, paints, popsicle sticks, craft glue, feathers, pom poms, paint brushes. Add a few new things to your kid craft basket once in a while.

 

 

A Purse by Any Other Name… Clutch!

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Super Simple Beaded Clutch

Purse, pocketbook, handbag, or clutch, it is the one accessory a woman rarely goes without.

You can win a purse in horse racing, boxing, and once upon a time, each member of a crew on a ship that captured an enemy vessel was entitled to a share of the purse… aka money.

So naturally, the purse has come to be the one accessory women rarely go anywhere without.

I suspect these days they cell phone is probably a close second and if your cell phone is not in a pocket, it’s in… you guessed it… your purse!

We make a fashion statement with our purses. My assistant Carol claims her mother’s purse was “an infinite bags of holding and had everything but the bathroom sink.”

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We borrowed this photo and the painting is available from: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/51412

The purse is an accessory of many names and styles. An acquaintance of mine from New York calls it a “pocketbook”. My neighbor calls it a “handbag”. When someone refers to a purse as a “clutch”we know they are going out in style.
Beaded Clutch Materials:

Item you wish to decorate
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Seed and Bugle Beads —
Optional: Charms, Beaded ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Cut strips of Terrifically Tacky Tape and apply to item you wish to decorate. (The clutch above was a plain purse I found for a couple of bucks on sale.).
  2. Remove top plastic layer from tape and liberally apply Beads.
  3. Repeat process as necessary.

 

Tip: I made the clutch above super simple, but you could easily ad beaded ribbon to dangle from the bottom and an aesthetically place charm or two.