How to Make a Roll-up Bag for Pencils or Tools : Crafts Idea for Older Kids

This is a tutorial well  suited for older children. It is not a hard one and is very useful. I always needed a bag like this (for pencils or different tools) and never could find one so, I decided to make one. Today I will share it with you 🙂






How to Make a Roll-up Bag for Pencils or Tools : Crafts Idea for Older Kids

CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

– black leather, plastic / vinyl,  (it must be soft, otherwise we can’t sew it) – or other fabric : 18 cm x 18 cm
– soft cloth for inside part (blue) : 11 cm x 25 cm
– scissors
– thread
– ribbon (black)






Step 1.

On every complex crafting project is better to make a mock-up first. So, take a paper and make a sketch of how do you want the bag to look like.






Step 2.

Place the blue cloth over the leather, exactly over the lower left corner.









Start to sew, hiding the knot of the thread between the cloth and the leather.






We will sew over the edge because this will give safety to the stitch.






Sew all side until you reach the corner.






Step 3.

Place a pencil in it’s place, between the cloth and leather, near the edge.






Now we see that we must make a little crease on the blue cloth, to make enough room for the pencil. Continue.






Place the pencil again inside the bag. You can see now that it have enough space and we start to sew up.






Is the best to sew keeping the pencil inside, not too hard pressed. When we arrive at the edge of the blue cloth, we sew down to the lowest edge of the bag. So, every pencil (tool etc.)will be separated through two lines of sewing.






We make half of the bag with places for pencils and the other will stay unbroken, because we might want to place there scissors or other bigger tool.






Step 4.

We place some pencils inside…






… and close the upper part…






… because we need to know where will be the middle to sew the ribbon.






Attach it outside, letting 1/3 of it on one side of the sewing and 2/3 on the other side.






Step 5.

The last step is to close the upper part, so the pencils will not fall away.






To do that we sew the edges.






We start on top and sew again over the edge.






Do the same for the other part.






And that’s it, a roll-up bag for pencils or tools, cute, useful and practical (perfect for camping trips) offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade







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How to Weave Purses / Handbags for Mom’s Gift on Mothers Day

Here is a great Mother’s Day crafts project for kids to make for Mom or Grandma. Below, you can find out how to make a cardboard loom to weave beautiful handbags / purses to give as gifts or to keep for yourself. Either way, it is a lot of fun and the results are beautiful. This is a great crafts project for older kids and girls, as well as teens.

How to Weave Purses / Handbags for Mom’s Gift on Mothers Day







Crafts Materials Needed:

– Stiff Piece of Cardboard
– Scissors
– Heavy String
– Zipper
– Thread

(1) Notch both top and bottom of a thin stiff piece of cardboard.


(2) Loop heavy string around top notches (A) and between bottom notches (B) around the cardboard. See Picture Below.







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(3) Weave yarn over and under strings (C).

(4) Skip a string at one end to keep the weave in proper sequence around the cardboard.

(5) Overlap new yarn (B).

(6) When weaving is finished, remove cardboard. Turn the purse inside out and sew in zipper.

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How to Make Eye Glasses Cases – Crafts Idea for Kids

Do you need a gift idea for Mom on Mother’s Day or Dad for Father’s Day or for somebody’s birthday? If your loved one or friend wears glasses, why not make them an eye glasses case? It is easy to make and you can personalize the case with the person’s name or initials. Find the easy to make crafts / sewing instructions below.







How to Make Cases for Eye Glasses  with Easy  Crafts Idea Instructions for Kids

CRAFTS MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL NEED:

piece of felt, about 6 by 7 inches package of paper for cleaning glasses gold, silver, or colored thread
scissors; tape measure; needle; chalk

EASY DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING EYE GLASS CASES

Step 1

Cut the felt into two pieces, 3 by 7 inches each.

Step 2


In the center of one of the pieces of felt, sketch with chalk, but very lightly, the initials of the person to whom you will give this gift. Embroider the initials with a chain stitch.

Tip : How to Sew Chain Stitch







Make a knot at the end of your thread. Put the needle in the fabric as for a running stitch. When the point is through and the eye is still out, bring the thread under the point of the needle. Then draw the needle all the way through to form a loop. For the next chain stitch, and those after that, put the needle in right next to the place where the thread came out, bring the thread under it again to form a loop, and continue doing so until the chain stitch is done.

Step 3







Sew the pieces of felt together on three sides with a blanket stitch. One side will remain unsewn, for the glasses to be put in.

Tip : How to Sew Blanket Stitch







To blanket stitch, make a knot at the end of your piece of thread. Put your needle in Y4 inch from the edge of the fabric, put the thread under the point of the needle and then pull the needle with the rest of the thread through. Repeat until finished.

Step 4







When you are finished, put in the case a package of Sight-Saver papers, sold in all drugstores and dime stores, so that the recipient of the gift can clean the glasses.

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Make Cosmetics Case for Girls or as a Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day

This is an easy sewing project with easy illustrated instructions to make a make-up / cosmetics case. Girls and Teens will love making this cosmetics bag / case / wallet – whatever you want to call it. It is also a great project to make for Mom or Grandma on Mother’s Day…and it would also be a great group project for Summer Camp or Girl Scouts. Easy directions follow the picture below.







CRAFTS MATERIALS YOU NEED:

* 8-by-13 inch piece of medium-weight fabric such as butcher linen, denim, or flannel

* thread to match the fabric

*one button

*embroidery yarn to contrast with the fabric

*needle

*scissors

*tape measure

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING YOUR NEW COSMETICS CASE

Step 1







Hem the piece of fabric on all sides.

Hemming is done so that the rough edges of the fabric do not show. First fold under 1/2 inch of the fabric and press down the crease with your hand or press it against the edge of a table or working counter. Then fold the fabric again, 1/2 inch for a regular hem, 1 inch for a wide hem. Press down the second crease with your hand. Baste the fold about 1/4 inch from the first fold. To sew the hem permanently make small, slanting stitches right near the first fold. Push your needle all the way through the folded fabric and just enough farther to get hold of a tiny piece of the right side of the fabric—the side that will show—and then push the needle back through the folded edge. Begin and end your hemming stitch with two or three little back-stitches, one on top of the other.


Step 2







Fold the fabric in three parts, so that two parts measure 4 inches each and the third part measures 3 inches.

Step 3







Sew the folded fabric with a blanket stitch as indicated in the illustration above.

Tip : How to Sew Blanket Stitch







To blanket stitch, make a knot at the end of your piece of thread. Put your needle in 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric, put the thread under the point of the needle and then pull the needle with the rest of the thread through. Repeat until finished.

Step 4







Make a loop for the button, as shown in the illustration, in the center of the overlapping piece of fabric. Sew on the button at the center of the bottom part of the folded fabric.







This is what the finished cosmetics / make-up case should look like.

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How to Make Halloween Lanterns for Spooky Halloween Decorations Crafts for Kids


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How to Make Halloween Lanterns for Spooky Halloween Decorations Crafts for Kids


Here’s a lantern that is a very easy arts and crafts Halloween activity for kids to make. And guess what- you can also use it to store your Halloween treats when you go trick-or-treating. So pick up an old plastic bottle and start making it right now…easy instructions follow below:

Materials required:

Plastic bottle

Thick black paper

Orange/yellow paper

Knife

Craft glue

Scissors


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Step 1

With an adult’s  help cut out the top of the plastic bottle.


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Step 2

Cover the plastic bottle by covering it with a rectanglular piece of black paper and rolling it around the plastic bottle. Cut out a rectangular piece of orange- yellow paper and stick it as shown, leaving about an inch of black showing on the top and bottom.


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Step 3

Cut out a strips of black paper long enough to go around the entire bottle and about 1/2 inch width.


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Step 4

Stick them around the bottle as shown


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Step 5

Cut some more pieces of black paper a little longer than the length of the bottle. Stick them as shown.


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Step 6

Cut out a piece of black paper about 1 ft long and i inch wide for the handle. Apply glue to the ends.


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Step 7

Insert it into the gap between the plastic and the first layer of black paper


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Use the lantern for decoration, or for carrying and storing treats.

More Spooky Halloween Crafts Projects for Kids

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How to Make Halloween Treat Bags Crafts Idea for Kids


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How to Make Halloween Treat Bags Crafts Idea for Kids


Today we will be making a Halloween craft that is easy enough for kids to do by themselves or with Mom and Dad. We will be making a handmade customized & personalized made Halloween paper treat  bag that you can use as snack bag to give to a friend or trick-or-treaters. You can fill them up to give to your classmates or to give to special trick-or-treaters, friends, or relatives. All you will need is thick paper, scissors, glue, and orange ribbon. The easy instructions follow. Have fun.

Crafts Materials Needed:

Thick Black paper

scissors

glue

scale

orange satin ribbon


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Step 1

Cut out a piece of paper approximately 40 cm x 30 cm ( 15.7 in x 11.8 in) ( you can change the dimensions if you like). On one end of the paper, fold in about 2 cm (0.8 in) , as shown, so now your paper will measure 38cm x 30 cm (15 in x 11.8 in)


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Step 2

fold the paper in half so that it looks like this , now it will measure 19 cm x 30 cm (7.5 in x 11.8 in)


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Step 3

Glue the end  to the flap you had folded in earlier so that your paper now looks like this


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Step 4

Fold about 1.5 cm (0.6 in) on both sides so that it looks like this


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Step 5

Now open it up, and use the creases to fold in, so that it looks like this


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Step 6

Measure 6 cm from the bottom and fold like this


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Step 7

Open it up and fold as shown in the picture below.


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Step 8

Cut about 2 cm (0.8 in) off each side and fold in as shown. Secure with glue.


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Step 9

On the other end, cut 2 slits 2 cm (0.8 in) long like shown.


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Step 10

Fold in, and punch 2 holes on each side. Insert orange ribbon and knot on the inside to make handles.


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Step 11 –

Your bag is now ready.


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Decorate with more orange ribbon, paper or stickers. You can go for a simple, classy look..


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or a funky Halloween look.


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Fill with candy and give it to a friend, family member, special classmates, teachers, relatives, or whatever.

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How to Personalize Your School Bags : Draw on and Paint Your BackPacks


How to Personalize Your School Bags : Draw on and Paint Your BackPacks




How to Personalize Your School Bags : Draw on and Paint Your BackPacks


Last week I wrote about my daughter’s backpack and how I personalized her backpack by drawing on it with Sharpie markers.  Sarah loves the way I customized her new school book bag and is very excited to start school tomorrow to show off her new backpack. My oldest son, Ben, also wanted me to customize his new school backpack. The one thing that I didn’t like about the way Sarah’s backpack turned out is that the marker’s colors didn’t show up on the background color of her book bag very well because the bag was too dark. Ben’s book bag is black so I knew that I had to either paint one part of his bag white (so I could paint or draw on it) or paint on canvas and glue / sew the canvas on to the bag. I decided to do the latter. I had some extra canvas in my basement and I decided to put it to good use.


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My son Ben LOVES Legos. The kid does nothing but build with Legos.  So a few weeks ago I started painting a Lego City mural in his room. It is huge so I haven’t gotten very far on it yet, but I decided to draw a Lego Superheroes backpack to go with his new wall. I copied above an image of his partly done mural (it is going to be on 3 of his walls so I need to get busy).

You don’t have to be a an artist to paint and or draw on your backpack, but if you or your child loves to draw, then this book bag painting craft will be even more fun for you or your child. Nobody else will have the same exact knapsack as you…it will be a great keepsake to keep for years to come. It would also be neat to make a different personalized backpack every year so that you can put all of your special projects from that year in your personalized book bag from that year. This is how I went about making Ben’s backpack.

Step 1 – Planning Stage

Since I knew that my son wanted a Lego Superhero painting on his backpack, I knew that I had to see if these Lego Minifigs even existed. So I did a search on Google Images for ‘Lego Superheroes’ and found many great images to draw for my son’s personalized backpack.

Crafts Materials Needed:

Book Bag / Back Pack

Canvas (if your backpack is too dark to draw on)

Pencil

Eraser

Sharpie Markers (or Permanent Markers)

Acrylic Paints or Fabric Paints

Hot Glue or Needle and Thread

Step 2 – Pencil and Then Pen Draw Your Sketch onto Your Canvas or Book Bag

Get your book bag or canvas out and draw your sketch onto the bag in PENCIL FIRST.  I was able to draw these from looking at the pictures that I found, but if you are having problems…then you can get a really cheap projector off of eBay or from a toy store.  With a projector, you can trace images very easily and this allows anyone to be able to make excellent drawings.

When you are sure that you like the way your design looks, then you can use a black sharpie to draw out the lines permanently. The thicker and darker the lines are drawn, the sharper the design will look. Take a look at Marvel Comics to see what I mean.

Ben's Superhero Lego Minifigures Drawing for Painted Backpack

Step 3 – Color in Your Designs on Your School BackPack

Now that your sketch drawing has been outlined in a permanent marker, you can start painting with acrylics or fabric paints. Don’t paint to thick and try to smooth out all of your painted lines. After you have painted everything in, I suggest that you re-outline everything with black paint with a nice thick black line. This will make your illustrations “POP’ out at you. You can also put the highlights in the painting like I did with a few white highlights (just lines or slight smudges).

When you are finished, set your painting aside and let it sit out to dry (somewhere out of reach of animals and young children.) If you painted directly on the surface of your backpack, then you are finished. Once it dries, you can wear your backpack. If you painted on canvas, then we are going to need to attach that to your backpack.


Lego Superheroes Minifigures Painting for Knapsack


Step 4 – Attach Your Painted Canvas On To Your Book Bag’s Surface

Once your painting has dried we can attach it to your book bag’s surface. All book bags are different so you will need to decide where to attach it. However, on my son’s backpack, there was a large front zipper compartment that the painting fit on almost perfectly. You can either use hot glue or needle and thread to attach the canvas to your bag’s surface … or you can do both to make sure that the painting stays put. I decided to just use hot glue. I tucked in the edges of the canvas as I was gluing it to the bag’s surface. This was a little tough to do around the curved edges, but I took my time and it looks like I painted directly on the surface of the bag…and that is a good thing. Make sure (if you are using glue) to glue all of the canvas to the bag, not just the edges. If you are sewing, make sure to find a thread that closely matches your child’s painting / bag.


How to Personalize Your School Bags : Draw on and Paint Your BackPacks




Good Luck! Also check out my Daughter’s Customized Backpack – Decorated by Drawing on it with Sharpie markers

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Here are More School Book Bags Crafts

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Personalize & Decorate Your School Book Bags / BackPacks with Sharpie Markers


How to Draw on and Decorate Your School Book Bags and Back Packs


Personalize Your Backpacks by Drawing on and Decorating Your Book Bags with Sharpie Markers


My daughter, Sarah, wanted to make her school backpack to look extra special this year. As a Mom who loves to draw, I figured that I would put my talents to use and brainstorm with her to find out what sort of pictures I should draw on her backpack.You don’t have to be a an artist to put together a personalized backpack, but if you or your child loves to draw, then this book bag decoration craft will be even more fun for you or your child.

Step 1 – Planning Stage

Being a very girly girl, Sarah wanted flowers, hears, and a lot of cute furry animals. I put a sketch together for her (as you can see below) and she loved what I put together for her book bag project. Before you draw on a your school book bag, take a scrap piece of paper and plan out your backpack’s design.


Sketch Out Ideas Before Drawing Them on Your BackPacks



Sketch Out Ideas Before Drawing Them on Your BackPacks


Crafts Materials Needed:

Book Bag / Back Pack (light-colored book bags work best)

Scrap Paper

Pencil

Eraser

Sharpie Markers (or Permanent Markers) or some sort of fabric paint

Step 2 – Pencil and Then Pen Draw Your Sketch onto Your Bag

Get your book bag out and draw your sketch onto the bag in PENCIL FIRST. When you are sure that you like the way your design looks, then you can use a black sharpie to draw out the lines permanently. The thicker and darker the lines are drawn, the sharper the design will look. Take a look at Marvel Comics to see what I mean.


Draw with Permanent Sharpie Markers on Your School Book Bags


Step 3 – Color in Your Designs on Your School BackPack

Now the fun part, either use fabric paint or colored Sharpie Markers to color in your designs. Have fun. You can darken the black outlines and make them thicker to make each illustration stand out more.

How to Draw on and Decorate Your School Book Bags and Back Packs

Also Visit Next Week’s Post – How to Personalize Your Child’s Backpack by Painting and Drawing on The Bag

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Decorate Your Binders and Notebooks Crafts

Decorate Your School Lockers

Make or Decorate Bulletin Boards / Tack Boards / Cork Boards

School Work Organization and Homework Organizers Crafts

How to Make and Decorate School Book Covers Crafts

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The Handbag Addiction Starts Early With a Felt Purse


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If your little girl wants to be just like Mommy and the big girls with her own purse, this is a creative way to give in without actually spending money on expensive accessories for a pint-sized clothes horse. It could easily be made as a pouch or satchel for a boy as well.


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Crafts Materials That You Will Need:

One full sheet of felt or scraps to equal two half sheets
Hole punch (if you don’t have a new and well working hole punch this could be a painstaking process)
Scissors
At least 3 feet of ribbon (I repurposed ribbon from a gift)
A button about the size of a quarter with large holes
A pipe cleaner


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1. Cut your felt so you have two half sheets. Then, fold one sheet 1/3 of the way down and cut off the top third. (See next photo.)


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2. Line up pieces of felt and evenly punch five holes in the side and two on the bottom of both pieces. Then punch two more holes at top center of the shorter piece for your button.


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3. Cut the top of the longer piece into a flap for your purse.


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4. Thread your button with a 3″ piece of pipe cleaner, twist to secure. Thread it through the holes you punched in the middle of the top of the shorter piece of felt, twist to secure, and cut off excess.


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5. Thread ribbon through holes in purse as you would if you were sewing.


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6. cut a slit into your flap for the button hole and voila!

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