Make your own bag for transporting your valentines to school and back home or for popping in a present!

Materials

  • Blank bag
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Cardboard (cut to fit in your bag)
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  •  Fabric pen
  • Scissors
  • Contact paper (you can buy this at housewares stores- it is often marketed as cupboard liner, craft stores and dollar stores.)

We always find these items helpful too:

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  • Smock
  • Craft tray or table cloth

Directions

  • Don your smock.
  • Insert a piece of cardboard into the bag.  This will prevent the sides from sticking together when you paint!
  • Cut off a piece of contact paper, fold it in half. Sketch and cut out a heart.
  • Peel off the backing and have an adult help you put the outside of the heart on your bag. (Making a stencil.)
  • Dip your sponge into your paint and dab it onto the heart cut-out.
  • Allow it to dry in your craft tray overnight.
  • Carefully peel off your your contact paper and remove your cardboard.
  • We then knotted our embroidery floss on one end, threaded the needle on the other and sewed around the outside of the heart.  You could add details with a fabric pen as an alternative.
  • Write your name in the inside with a fabric pen.

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Purpose

  • Learning how to make various stencils
  • Developing one’s fine motor skills (cutting, threading a needle, sewing etc.)

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a needle with care and direct adult supervision and/or guidance.
  • Cord, yarn, string etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
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