Friday, August 19, 2011

Sidewalk Paint

This past week I had 3 birthdays and very little time to make my gifts so I decided to give one of Asher’s favorite activities.
Inside the bag are all the ingredients needed to make the paint as well as some paint containers and paint brushes. The containers came as part of a set from Lakeshore Learning. I bought 2 sets (6 cups and brushes each) and then split them 3 ways. I also picked up the Neon food coloring since I figured most people had the basic colors and purple is difficult to achieve. Any food coloring would work. I’ve even used my Wilton cake colors.
To make the Bag you will need:
12x36 inch rectangle of fabric for bag (surge or zigzag around the edges)
Recipe photo printed as a 3.5 inch square
4.5 inch square of contrast fabric
4.5 inch square of clear vinyl
t-shirt strips or ribbons for a draw string
I used spray adhesive to attach the photo to the square of fabric and then zig-zagged the photo to the fabric
Fold the large rectangle in half and place the mounted photo 3 inches from the fold and centered with respect to the left and right edges. Be sure that your text is going the right direction. Place the vinyl square on top of the photo square and pin (not through the photo) to the top layer of the main fabric.
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Zig zag it in place.
Now fold it in half with right sides together and sew up both the edges.
Use a ruler to cut a 2 inch square out of each corner. The two inches do not include the seam allowance so be sure to measure 2 inches from the seam and 2 inches from the bottom.
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pull the corners where the 2 cuts intersect away from each other so that the seam and the fold at the bottom of the bag are aligned. Your raw edge should be a straight line. Pin this in place and the sew and either zig-zag or surge off the raw edge.049
Without ironing your photo, carefully iron your side seams open then fold the top of the bag over to make a 3.5 inch hemChalk bag tutorial3
With the bag inside out use the edge of your pressure foot along the fabric edge and sew all the way around the hem. Then stitch a second line parallel to the first about a half an towards the edge. These two stitch lines make a casing for a drawstring.054056
Turn the bag right side out and use a seam ripper to open the side seams between the two casing lines.
Feed the drawstrings through the casing and your bag is finished!064
Fill it up with all the ingredients, as well as some containers and brushes and you have a great gift or fun sunny day activity for your own family.
If you make your own we would love to see it. Please add it to our flickr group