July 16, 2010

Recycling Old Shirts

Now that we have all girls in our home-school program, it's easy to decide what I wanted to teach them for our Practical Arts. When I had the boys (16 and 14), it was always a challenge to think of projects appealing to boys and girls in different ages.

Here's the last project we did before our friend, David, went back to regular school. That made Ben officially out of our program too! He is now preparing for college.

I'm sure some of you are already familiar of braided rug. For some, this may be a new idea, so let me show you how to do it, and also other possibilities of recycling old shirts piled in your closet.

1. Cut old shirts into strips, about an inch wide. You can make 2 or 3-color combination.

2. Secure the ends of 3 strips by sewing them together.
3. Enjoy braiding.

4. Seal the other ends by sewing them together. You can add the length of your strips depending on the size of your project.
5. Make your braid into a round shape by sewing edges together starting from the center.

When I showed this to the children, I didn't expect that they needed time to learn the art of braiding, but they enjoyed it!
I was aiming for a rug but the boy asked if they could just do coasters!

The girls also wanted something they could use (of course!) and they discovered that they can also make headbands out of it.

So they sewed 2 braided strips together and used garter to connect both ends. Clever!


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