During the school year she and her troop of 24 friends (yes, she has a HUGE troop!) get together twice a month for fun crafts, games, songs and more that teach them how to become responsible and to learn a whole plethora of life skills. Since her troop is only in its second year of existence, some of the volunteer moms have been scraping together crafting supplies, like crafting scissors and markers, from their stash at home to help the girls complete the projects required to earn their badges and recognitions.
That’s super nice of them to do that, but these girls NEEDED their own supplies. Like ASAP.
So, thanks to my recent partnership with Fiskars, I was able to help them get the things they need to have their very own Supply of great crafting products.
I ended up getting lots of Fiskars Scissors, Crayola Markers, Crayons and Construction Paper, Elmer’s Glue, and other things like pipe cleaners, coffee filters, paper plates and more.
I also purchased some Paint Markers and a plastic tote from Walmart, wrote their Troop number on one side, the word “supplies” on the other, and filled the entire thing up. Awesome!
When the troop leader came by to pick up what I had donated, she was stoked! Now the troop has it’s own stash. No need to bother parents for the things they need or use supplies that are not theirs. Thanks to Fiskars and Champions for Kids, it feels great to know they now have everything they need!
This was also a great opportunity to tell the girls in the troop how important it is to give to others! They were able to see that they had a need that was fulfilled, and that they should pay it forward by giving to others! Giving others crafting supplies is a great example of giving to others who are in need.
Along with the opportunity to donate Fiskars supplies to a great group of little ladies, I was able to create something awesome thanks to Fiskar’s! The Fiskar’s website has an awesome online index of crafting ideas that uses their iconic Fiskars products to create amazing, fun and easy craft projects.
The project I decided try out was sewing up some Reusable Sandwich Bags. I have been wanting to make these for a long time, and Fiskars had a super easy tutorial that showed me how to make them in no time.
Here’s how I made them!
For this project you will need:
1/4 yard of laminated cotton or any other non-toxic slick fabric
Rotary cutter (I use a Fiskars retractable cutter, because it rocks!)
Cutting mat (I just bought a brand new Fiskars mat. It is awesome!)
For a snack-sized bag, you’re going to cut your fabric 6.5″x 16.5″. For a sandwich-sized bag, you will want it to be about 8.5″x16.5″.
Take the rough side of the Velcro (I cut mine about 4″) and sew it to the right side of one of the short ends of the fabric.
Match the fabric, right sides together, leaving about 4″ of extra fabric for the flap of the bag. Sew both sides of the bag shut with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and the end.
Turn your fabric right side-out after stitching the sides. You’re now going to stitch both sides of the bag flap. You will need to help the fabric through your machine while doing this because the fabric has a tendency of sticking in the machine. If you gently pull as you go, it won’t be a problem to get the flap sewed.
Fold the top of the flap down, stitch it, then sew the other piece of Velcro to the flap, making sure it matches up with the opposite piece of Velcro attached to the bag.
This is what it should look like finished. I forgot to take a picture of my sewing the second piece of Velcro on and hemming the top, so I hope this finished photo helps!
If you want to skip hemming the flap, just take a pair of Fiskars Pinking shears and cut the flap into a triangle shape.
I really appreciate Fiskars and Champions for Kids for giving me the opportunity to give back to my community and to rock out an awesome project! If you want to follow them or get more information about who they are and what they do, you can do so in the following ways:
Champions for Kids http://championsforkids.org
Champions for Kids on Twitter https://twitter.com/Champions4kids
Champions for Kids on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChampionsForKids
Champions for Kids on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/cbsocially/fiskars-champions-for-kids-simple-service-project/
Fiskars on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fiskars
- Fiskars on Twitter https://twitter.com/fiskars_hq
So, what are ways you can give back or help with Champions for Kids?