Are you ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? I wanted to have a cute little non-candy item for my son’s teachers so I designed this “I’m in good hands with you!” printable. Just print, cut, mount on cardstock, punch a hole in the upper left, and tie it to hand sanitizer or lotion. I used mini bottles of scented hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works in the image above.
You can get the free printable here. It’s a PDF you can print or download from Google Docs with 12 tags per sheet. Just click the link and go to “File” in the upper left corner once the page loads. Then choose Print, or if you want to save it choose Download PDF. If you’re already set this year, save or pin this idea for next Valentine’s or just as a teacher appreciation gift!
Have your kids gone back to school? With orange buses back on the road, here are some crafts to make for kids or things to try with them after school. You may even learn something new.
Don’t forget to visit the giveaways page for lots of crafting supplies and handmade giveaways, including a gift certificate to Crafty Girls Workshop!
Tattle Monster: Mariah turned a tissue box into a tattle monster to teach kids not to tattle on their classmates. Now all the teachers are using them! Get the tutorial at Giggle Galore.
A Hundred Strong: Today’s assignment: Quilting for a cause! Check out the 100 Quilts for Kids Project. While you are there, spread the word and you can enter this fabric giveaway!
Free Printables: Little Lovely shares a free download for these cute first-day-of-school sandwich wraps!
Sun-Drenched: How about a science experiment? Jessica shows off how to use Inkodye, some common household objects and the sun to make custom fabric prints. You can see the results at her blog, How About Orange. Neat!
Island Living: It’s back-to-school time, but that doesn’t have to mean going back to the typical. Brittany puts a twist on the morning routine with these delicious-looking banana coconut pancakes. Get the recipe at Bebe a la Mode Designs.
The herald of spring and Easter has arrived in stores, the marshmallow peep! Now that it’s arrived I thought I would make a shirt for my son featuring the peeps. I used a stencil to paint the image on a separate piece of fabric because I liked how it looked and as a bonus, after Easter I have the option to remove it from the shirt and save it for next year! But you could always paint it directly onto a shirt.
The materials I used: one Garanimals shirt from Wal-Mart ($3.50 for a new shirt, awesome!), paint brush and Tulip soft matte paint in glacier white and sunshine yellow, a 5″ x 3.5″ piece of knit fabric, thread and sewing machine, cutting board and x-acto knife, my free peeps printables/stencils PDF.
In the PDF I included 4 pages to give you a few different options and you can choose your favorite peep, the chick or the bunny. The pages include what you see below in the color versions and in a black version that’s easier to use for a stencil.
To make the shirt just print out the page including the image you want from my PDF. Cut out the letters/image with an x-acto knife. Then line up the stencil on the fabric and paint in the letters and images. I just freehanded the inside of the “e” and “a” and the lines inside of the chicks. You could also cut the eyes, the lines in the chicks, and the insides of the letters out of tape and paint over them then peel off the tape with tweezers while the paint is still wet. After the first coat of paint I let everthing dry then removed the stencil and did a second coat to clean up the edges and fill in the colors more uniformly.
Next, position the fabric on the shirt, pin it down and stitch it. I used yellow thread to contrast with the gray knit fabric. And I used a knit fabric so I could leave the raw edges and not have to worry about any fraying or hemming.
And that’s it! A fast and cute shirt ready to go.