T-shirt Bags

Click here to make this no-sew fringe bag from Tealou and Sweetpea.

On a rainy weekend, nothing is more comfortable  than sitting around at home in your favorite T-shirt and jeans. If you’re like us, kid makers,  you may have a whole collection of clothes that you don’t wear but dont’ want to throw out … especially favorite t-shirts. Whether you outgrew it, it’s stained or it’s just last year’s style, we have the perfect upcycling fix: BAGS!

We all carry a lot of things this time of year, like a book bags for school, grocery bags for apple picking, and of course, trick-or-treat bags for Halloween! Grab your oldest summer tee and start making.

T-shirt Bag Project Ideas:

T-shirt bags are a great example of one of kid-makers favorite types of making: UPCYCLING! What is “upcycling”?

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Upcycled Books

Click here for this secret compartment idea from Better Homes & Gardens.

Look around your house, and you may be surprised to find books that you do not read anymore, or ones that are slightly damaged. As more people start using e-readers, makers are finding creative uses for beautiful old books as objects with new purposes. Grab some old books and try these projects:

  • Sew pages of books to create storage pockets with this easy step-by-step on S. C. Johnson Co.’s blog Family Economics. It’s a unique way to keep track of your favorite photos, movie tickets and valentines!
  • Hollow out a book to create a secret compartment like this one from Better Homes & Gardens’ project ideas site.  Another way to do this is to glue a bunch of book spines to a box and slide it onto your bookshelf between real books, like in this photo. Voila! Your treasures are now safe from your little brother.
  • Make hardcover books into shelves like these examples we found at realsimple.com. They give the term “book shelf” a whole new meaning!
  • Build furniture out of old bookswith simple brackets and hardware.

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Peek at our Pinterest

Giant Lite Brite: Peg Board, Christmas Lights

This pin inspired our Giant DIY Light Brite video.
Source: handmakemyday.com via MakeShop Angela on Pinterest

At The MAKESHOP Show,  we’re constantly dreaming up projects to get kid-makers motivated to invent, play and gain experience with new materials and tools. We find ideas of projects to develop for you in many different ways. One way is through Pinterest, a website to organize and share fascinating things on the web. It’s like an online pinboard. For a sneak peek at new project ideas, visit our MAKESHOP Show Pinterest Boards.

Once we choose ideas, we submit those ideas to a vote by kids! Stay tuned to http://www.makeshopshow.com for upcoming votes on future projects.

Email us YOUR ideas of things you want to learn how to make at info@makeshopshow.com.

Keep Calm and Make On!

 

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

MmmTsss: DIY Sound Looping Software

Kid – Makers, do you want to make some noise but don’t know how to play an instrument?

If you answered YES, may we suggest MmmTsss. 

Don’t exactly know how to pronounce it? Just sound it out slowly, MMM – T –  SSS.   Yes, now repeat it a couple of times, MMMTSSS, MMMTSSS, MMMTSSS. Can you go any faster?  You should sound like you are laying down the beat of a hip hop song!

Developed by the MIT Media Lab, MmmTsss, is free software to make sounds loop, or play over and over again.  All you need is a computer and a microphone.  Sure, it will sound silly at first, but you can layer so many different sounds, in an endless repeat.  You’ll be beat boxing in no time!

Check it out.

To share your experience, or to tell us about musical projects you’d like to learn, email us at  info@makeshopshow.com

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

School’s Out for Summer

Our friends at Make Magazine know that you are counting down the days until school’s out. Fear not, kid- makers, there’s plenty of fun to be had, not to mention free time to MAKE cool stuff soon!

In this special issue,  over 50 family friendly projects are highlighted that will guarantee an action packed and productive summer.  The magazine can be found on shelves May 29th, but for now click here to take a peek at some of the hottest projects that will  make your summer a memorable one.

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