Before everyone showed up, I gathered all of the materials. For this project I had fabric paint, fabric for appliques, puffy paint, an assortment of foam stamps and paint brushes.
The t-shirts I picked up at the Goodwill for $1.00/each. I chose plain colored shirts in children's sizes so that the bags would not be too big, but really you could use any t-shirt.
The applique idea came to me the morning of the workshop, so I quickly grabbed some scraps from home. It was a big ol' mountain of fabric!
The girls started by cutting out their appliques and planning their design.
Once the design was ready, it was time to cut! To make the bag, simply cut off the sleeves and around the neck. Because I wanted to kids to be able to complete the bags from start to finish, we used a no-sew technique to close off the bottom. At home, you could use a sewing machine and sew up the bottom.
It was so much fun to watch the bags come together! For the sun, Reegan used a piece of fabric for the center and half of a swirl foam stamp for the rays. I don't think I ever would have thought of that.
Here is an applique butterfly she created using two hearts for the body. We used Heat 'n Bond and an iron to apply the appliques.
The finished products were really great!
The girls had such a great time that they even came back the next week!
Workshops are held at Soapendipity weekly, through August and are offered at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Class space is limited, so please RSVP if you would like to attend.