I've been working on a few projects this last week.
The first one many of you have probably seen or done yourselves — fleece tie blankets.
I'd made these for all my kids when we lived in Illinois. They were all at least five years old, not so soft anymore, and a little short for kids that had grown. I made them all a new one.
I used two and a half yards each for all three of the older kids and two yards for Caboose. I wash and dry both pieces first, lay them out flat on the ground wrong sides together, and cut four-inch strips all the way around about an inch or so apart. I eyeball it.
I cut four-inch squares out of each of the four corners.
Then I start tying them together in knots top to bottom like a crazy person until I've done it all the way around.
And yes, Betsy, I tie every single one the same direction every single time.
Then I made these handy-dandy chair bags.
I first saw the idea over at Organizing Junkie. Mine look so plain next to the fancied up ones showcased over there, but they serve their purpose. Here are the tools I used to make these:
All of these things are on sale this week (except for the Wal-Mart velcro) at Hobby Lobby this week.
First I cut off both handles where they met the top of the bag.
Cut little pieces of the velcro and sew it to opposite sides of the handles (so they meet when you loop them over the chair frame...I goofed the first time). I folded down the edge of the handle strip a little when I sewed on the velcro strip to give it a fake seam and to keep it from fraying. I also sewed each velcro piece on at both the top and the bottom and not just across the middle of it.
I covered a composition notebook for myself with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge thanks to Lora's tutorial. Again, hers were a little fancier and cuter because she added stickers, but I just really wanted one and I knew I wouldn't do it if I waited to do stickers.
I'm not sure what I'll use it for since I don't journal, but I'm thinking really hard about it! It's cute!
Then the other project required some outside help. I took my Motivated Mom's Planner to Kinko's and had them spiral bind it rather than put it in a three-ring binder myself.
The benefits are the ability for it be flat
or folded back.
Since we don't tear the pages out of Caboose's math book, the book is thick, and it's hard to write on the pages unless you put something under one side to hold it up, I decided it might be a good thing for that book too.
Did you know they can cut the binding off of a book? It's one of the greatest things since sliced bread.
So now his book can be flat
and fold under.
Now Buddy wants his done too.
This post is linked to Show and Tell Friday hosted by Cindy at My Romantic Home.