Thursday, April 28, 2011

Foam Bags For Kids

I thought I would change things up a bit and post some of the crafts I've done with my kids....as I type this they are actually playing with some of these items :)


These are all the items you will need to make your bags...
1. Templates - I just found these simle shapes using googles images (train template, heart template, etc), then I cut at paste each image into a word programs and enlarged each picture to fit an entire page. Then I printed them onto white cardstock to make it easier for tracing.
2. Yarn - Various colors
3. 12x18 Foam sheets - you can get a package of 12 multi cololred sheets at Michael's craft store for only $5.00
4. Scissors
5. Ruler
6. Paper hole punch
7. Needle (optional for easier threading)


Step 1: Pick your template and color of foam and trace the shape TWICE on the piece of foam, make sure you do it as close to the edge as possible, like this picture, you will need that extra space for step 2.


Step 2: Measure out a strip that is 3 inches by 18 inches, this will be the bottom/base of your bags.


Step 3 & 4: Cut out the 3 pieces and then use a ruler to measure out where you will be punching out the holes. I did my holes about 1/2 an inch apart. Then punch out the holes.
Step 3 & 4: Cut out the 3 pieces and then use a ruler to measure out where you will be punching out the holes. I did my holes about 1/2 an inch apart. Then punch out the holes.


Step #5: Take one of the shapes, and the 3 inch strip and begin threading at the top of the shape, tie the yarn in a knot through the top 2 holes. DO NOT tie the knot too tight, and DO NOT pull the yarn too tightly through the remaining holes, foam rips almost as easily as paper.Thread the yarn through all the holes, pulling the yarn through the holes directly aross from each other. This picture shows what it should look like on the outside when you are done threading, make sure you tie a knot at the top of the other side of the shape when you are done.


Here is a picture of what the inside should look like.


Step 6: Take a 2nd piece of yarn and begin again at the top of the shape, this time, weaving and threading back through the holes, creating a "criss cross" effect. Repeat step 5 and 6 with the other shape on the opposite side of the bag.
Step 6: Take a 2nd piece of yarn and begin again at the top of the shape, this time, weaving and threading back through the holes, creating a "criss cross" effect. Repeat step 5 and 6 with the other shape on the opposite side of the bag.


Step 7, 8, & 9: Cut a 1 inch x 12 inch piece of foam for every bag that you made. Punch a hole at the top-middle of each shape (both sides of the bag) and punch a hole at both ends of each strip. Attach each "handle" with a brass paper fastener on each side.


Here is the spaceship...


A Train...


A Star...


A Butterfly...


A Flower...


And a Heart...

I hope you enjoyed making these! My kids love them and use them all time to carry their toys around. They also make the perfect little bag for them to take items to church in. :)

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