Pinterest Challenge- Rag Quilt Potholder sewing kit

I joined another Busy Bag Swap, actually, two of them!  So, I’ll be sharing lots of ideas in the coming weeks.  Here is the activity I included in the Elementary Craft Bag swap: How to sew a Rag Quilt Potholder.  See below for the instructions that were included.  These Rag Quilt kits would also be great to make for Christmas Presents or to include in a travel bag or to keep those hands busy during read-aloud time!

 

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Sew a Rag Quilt Potholder 

**If you decide to reprint these instructions for anyone, please include my website http://ichoosejoy.org    Thanks!

Supplies contained in your kit:  8 pieces of flannel (5” x 5”), 4 pieces of fleece (3” x 3”), spool of thread, needle.

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You supply:  scissors (rag quilt scissors are great for this project), straight pins, washable pencil or marker, ruler

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  1.  Lay your flannel pieces out and decide where you want each color to go–four colors on top and four on the bottom.

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2.  Take the top four pieces of flannel and draw with your washable pencil or marker a square one inch in on all sides and an “x” across the square.

This will be the sewing line.

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3.  Layer the pieces with flannel on the bottom, then fleece square right in the center, and topped with the flannel that has the markings on it.  Pin it.

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4.  Sew together all 3 pieces on the sewing line.  The fleece should be just inside the sewn square, but will be held in place by the “x.”

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5.  After you have 4 pieces sewn, you’ll attach those to each other.  Sew them on the sides first and then the top two pieces to the bottom two pieces.  **For this style you are sewing “backwards” and allowing the seam allowance to show on top.

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6.  Cut each seam allowance in half-inch strips.  Be careful not to cut all the way to the sewing line.

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7.  Wash and dry your potholder so that it will get the “rag quilt” look.

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By the way, this activity was inspired by this pin by Hearts and Trees.

 

Linked to I'm Topsy TurvyThe DIY DreamerFox Hollow Cottage http://www.wisewifesoaps.com/2014/10/diy-friday-102414/

I Spy Bag–Pinterest Challenge

Here are the I Spy Bags I made for a Busy Bag Swap. I sewed 25 of these! They are filled with Poly Beads and lots of little objects. Most were found around the house: pennies, paper clips, pieces of ribbon, brads, beads, broken crayons, buttons, safety pins, etc.

I used gauge 4 clear vinyl, which sewed up great with my Bernina and jeans needles. The outside fabric was a very soft fleece.

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These were inspired by this pin and this pin.

I’m linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.

 

Pinterest Challenge

See here for my other Busy Bag posts.

Busy Bag Swap- Part 4

The last set of activities from our recent Busy Bag Swap!

(Also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 )

Double Trouble Shapes:

Instructions here

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Clothespin Alphabet Match-up:

Instructions and template here.

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Sensory Balloons:

Ours are filled with play-dough, salt, flour, beans, and poly-beads.

Instructions here

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Memory Shape Game:

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Cups and Balls/ Drop and Roll:

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Bean Counting Cards:

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Clothespin Number/Color Matching:

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I Spy Bag:

And, finally, the one that I made!

Instructions here.

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Even my 11-year-old tried this one out!

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I loved seeing all the “littles” involved in an activity!
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We’re planning to do another Busy Bag Swap in August.  I’ve already been thinking about what we’ll make next!  Here’s my Quiet Book/Busy Bag Pinterest Board if you’d like to follow me!

 

Busy Bag Swap- Part 3

I’m sharing a few more of our fun busy bag activities today.

See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

ABC Match-Up:  Put alphabet stickers on templates.
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Road Trip Bingo and Scavenger Hunt:

Find instructions and templates here.

Meant to be done in the car (where we have them now!), but he was “pretending” in these pictures!

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Popsicle Activity Game:  Match up the color printed and drawn on the popsicle stick.

Instructions here.

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Category Maze:   Use magnetic pom poms on a cookie sheet to draw the paths.  The cards include finding pictures for things such as fruits and vehicles.

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Origami:

Ideas found Origami Fun and Family Fun.

One for my 10-year-old to work on!

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Sandpaper Yarn Art:

Instructions here.
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Busy Bag Swap- Part 2

Here are some more pictures of bags from our Busy Bag Swap.  See Part 1 here.

Pinchers, Pom Poms, Paper Clips, and Ice Tray

Instructions here.

This is a favorite of my 22-month-old. Also included in the bag were papers of patterns, as well as the patterns on popsicle sticks.

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Hot Glue Rubbing Plates:

Instructions here.

Included in the bag were some molded crayons!

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Popsicle Stick Puzzles:

Instructions here.

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Build-A-Letter Templates:

Instructions here.  The lowercase templates can be found here.
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Button Snake:

Instructions here.
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Need a Father’s Day idea?

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Busy Bag Swap, Part 1

A few nights ago I participated in a Busy Bag Swap.  Busy Bags are gallon-sized baggies containing a fun (usually educational) activity for a preschooler or younger elementary-aged child.  Each of the ladies in the swap made one activity times 23 for each of us to fill up a box of busy bags for our homes.  Some ladies wanted two sets so they made two separate activities.

We’ve already gone through the fun things to do.  What’s exciting to me is that the various activities appeal to the different ages in my home.  I’ll be sharing pictures of them all in the next few days.

(Many of these have tutorials/printables online.  I’ve included the ones that I know of. :)  ).

Felt Pizza

Details here.

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Chinese Jump Rope

Included in the bag were a bunch of heavy-duty rubber bands and instructions on how to put the jump rope together.  There was one pattern included, and links to some YouTube videos with many more ideas of how to play.  Yay–P.E.time!

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A Tangled Web We Weave

Instructions are found here.
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Felt Laundry:

Instructions found here.
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