While writing my post about my WGN-TV segment and places families can volunteer, I came across some information on CRAFTS your can do with your kids to celebrate the holiday and DO GOOD!
Capes for Kids
Empower children living in shelters with these decorative capes. Although they might not wield actual power, they are certain to bring joy to the children who receive them. I love the idea of organizing a cape making party with your kids and their friends. Perhaps encourage your kids to come up with a list of “superpowers” that accompany each cape. You can drop off the capes at a shelter of your choice or send them to Enchanted Makeovers who will deliver the capes for you. The Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital also accepts capes for their patients!
Cape making directions (courtesy of Family Fun Magazine):
- Fabric (soft fleece or nylon work well and won’t fray)
- Fabric Glue
- Sharp Scissors
- Cut Fabric into a 27×30-inch rectangle.
- Place fabric on a flat surface and lay ribbon along the top of the rectangle, about 1 ½ inches from the edge.
- Run a line of fabric glue about ¼ inch below ribbon and carefully fold the fabric over the ribbon. Set aside until dry.
- Use scissors or pinking shears to trim the ribbon so there is about 4-5 inches on each end. Place Velcro on the ends of the ribbon, which will help keep the cape in place when worn.
- Now comes the fun part, decorating the cape. Cut an emblem out of felt and glue it to the cape. You can also skip the felt and use stencils and fabric paint.
- Now the cape is ready to go up, up and away!
Keep kids warm with these easy to make scarves, that are so cute and snuggly, you might want to keep a few for yourself. Most elementary schools and community centers will welcome these donated scarves, which they can then distribute to families in need.
Directions for making scarves:
- Fleece (2 different patterns or colors)
- Sharp Scissors
- Cut fabric into two- 1×5 foot rectangles.
- Cut fringe (approximately 6 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide) at the ends of each rectangle.
- Use fabric glue to fuse the rectangles together, be sure to avoid gluing the fringe. Set aside to dry.
- Working left to right, tie the fringe pieces together.
Teddy Bear Hugs
Fire and floods are scary for everyone especially young children who often find themselves displaced without their toys and books. Although these bears are small, they offer great comfort to children who are forced to evacuate their homes during an emergency. When making your bears, keep things simple (no buttons or beads) to ensure they are safe for children of all ages. This project comes courtesy of the folks at Sewing.org who recommend donating teddy bears to local firehouses and police stations.
- Pillow Stuffing or Batting
- Needle and Thread
- Teddy Bear Template
- Print and cut out teddy bear template.
- Trace template on two pieces of fabric.
- Cut fabric and place teddy bear forms back to back so the print sides are facing out.
- With a needle and thread, sew the fabric together, being sure to leave a small opening at the foot for stuffing.
- Lightly stuff the bear and sew the opening closed.