Category Archives: holiday crafts: 4th of July (recycled stuff)

Table Cloth For Two With Matching Napkins Made From Dad Button Down Shirts

Make a handsome reversible table cloth and two napkins from two of dad’s old button down shirts. Or choose a variety of red white and blue shirts to make Fourth of July placemats and napkins.

Dad Shirt Table cloth and napkins for two

This little table cloth with matching napkins is a perfect beginner project for those new to using a sewing machine or a quick project for experienced sewers. It would make a terrific Father’s Day gift from his little girl. Then celebrate with tea for two.

Supplies: two dad button down t-shirts or one dad button down t-shirt and a piece of scrap fabric of a complimentary color and approximate size. This should be a shirt that dad doesn’t want anymore. Often stains can be worked around. Alternatively, substitute a large second-hand shirt. Bigger shirts make bigger table cloths so the bigger the better.

1. Cut up the shirt and Iron the pieces.

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2. Cut the squares out for the table cloth and napkins. Make the largest squares that your shirt will make. Save the back of the shirts to use for the table cloth or placemats.

3. With good sides facing, sew the two sides of the tablecloth together. Make sure the good sides are touching. If making placemats, you will want to cut your fabric into rectangles instead of squares. Sew almost all the way around. You need to leave a hole in which to turn your cloth right side out again.

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4. Clip the corners off.Clip Corners

5. Turn right side out and Iron flat.

6. If desired, sew a few strips. This task is a lot easier if the fabric is striped or plaid and you can follow the lines on the fabric.

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7. Hand or machine stitch the hole closed.

To make the napkins, simply fold over the fabric twice and pin. Ironing the folds now is helpful but not necessary. Use a sewing machine to sew down the folds.One side should already have a hemmed edge from the shirt.

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My daughter sewing the hem.Sewing button down shirt napkins

You may have fabric left-over from your shirt to make a pouch to carry your tablecloth.

 

How to Make Watermelon Teeth: An Amusing summertime Activity

My children were taught how to make watermelon teeth years ago when they were still little. Their grandma carved the watermelon rinds and showed how to put it into your mouth. We thought it was funny then and we still find it funny now. So fun to do with family and friends! All you need is a watermelon and a knife.

When you are done eating a slice of water melon, don’t just toss the rind; make watermelon teeth! They are also called Billy Bob Teeth.

After eating the sweet red part of the watermelon, cut off the green part as well.

Cut the center of the mouth, as well as, vertical lines to make the teeth.

You may need to carve the rind a bit to make it fit.

Make top dentures only for an overbite look or sport a full set.

4th Of July Centerpiece Made From Recycled Materials

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Looking for an easy craft to decorate for this patriotic holiday? Here is a super easy craft that is red, white and blue- and “green” too. The swirls make you think of fireworks.

Save the twist ties off lettuce or other vegetables. In this instance you will want to use the ones that are red, white and/ or blue. Make tight curly cues by winding around a pencil and make larger curls freehand. Twist one end to the top of a clean saved chopstick (saved from last year’s outings). You can glue in place. Arrange your sticks in something you already have: an interesting jar could be nice.