In this tutorial, I'll show you how to both machine and hand-sew your girl scout badges onto all the right places.
'Finger knitting' is an ancient way of looping yarn that slowly produces a tube, and can be used for scarves, bracelets and even necklaces. Try using different yarn weights to create both bulky and delicate styles.
3. Make Jewelry
- Learn to Tie Macrame - Macrame is a way to create lengths of knots that have been beautifully tied to create a strong base for beads, pendants, charms and more. You can create macrame earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even household items.
- Make Paper Jewelry - Roll your own paper beads, try decoupage, or just fold up a pair of cute earrings. I've got a bunch of paper jewelry projects for you to try, perfect for both jewelry and recycling badges.
- Junk Drawer Jewelry - Turn trash into treasure with these jewelry projects that will have to scrounging for gems where you least expect.
- More Jewelry Tutorials...
4. Recycled and Upcycled Style
- What is Upcycling? - This contemporary word describes giving a new use to something that would otherwise be trash. It's a bit different than recycling.
- 5 Ways to Turn Placemats into Purses - Mismatched placemats shouldn't be chucked.. they are great pieces of hemmed fabric ready to carry your wallet.
- T-Shirt Surgery Projects - What can you turn a T-Shirt into? How about a skirt, a tank top, a quilt... even wall art. These t-shirt projects are fun, easy, and stylish.
- Ways to Use Old Jeans - Transform old jeans into new, or make them into a completely different accessory.
- Turn Plastic Bags into Fashion - Fuse plastic bags together with an iron to create a new age fabric, or cut them up to create 'plarn' (plastic yarn).
- Recycle Old Sweaters - Turn tattered sweaters into mittens, bags, or even a new sweater for your dog!
- More Recycled and Upcycled Fashion...
Blood spatter aside, this is also a great project for science badges (like the Home Scientist badge for Brownies), where the girls can use different ingredients to change the consistency and color of the blood. And need I mention Halloween? Great money saver on vampire costumes, here.
6. Age-Old Costumes
- Renaissance Garb Photos - Get inspired with these photos from the character actors who take Renaissance living seriously.
- Make a Princess or Peasant Costume - This easy costume can take you back in time with some quick sewing.
- Make a Hooded Cape - This is an easy sewing project that doesn't require any special materials. A hooded cape is a quick way to get into character if you are short on time.
- Vintage Dress Patterns from the 50's, 60's and 70's - Inexpensive patterns for funky old fashions.
I've got some patriotic projects that the girls can do to gear up for events, and to look fashionably red-white-and-blue while they're at it.