Sweater Sleeve Slippers

Kid makers, you are growing all the time, growing right out of last year’s winter sweaters. Transform those old sweaters into cool new slippers – maker style!

Click here for instructions from the Organized Everyday blog.

Sweater sleeves are a great beginning to make other things (like one of our favorite projects, Sweater Sleeve Leg Warmers). By using the existing cuff and sleeve in your design, it only takes a few adaptations to make something new.

That’s what maker mom Jena did to make darling rainbow striped sweater sleeve slippers. She teaches you how to do it, too, over at her blog, Organized Everyday. Click here or on the photo for full instructions and pictures of each step.

You’ll need these materials:

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Glow in the Dark Projects

Fall is here and the days are getting shorter. The sun sets earlier and earlier until it’s dark before supper! Of course, here at The MAKESHOP Show that inspires us to make things – things  that gloooooowww in the daaaaark. (And just in time for Halloween!)

We hunted the internet for the coolest Glow in the Dark Projects for kid-makers just like you!

Click here for Glow in the Dark Nail Polish instructions from Cut Out + Keep!

Why do these materials glow?

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Upcycle Your Flip Flops

Kid-makers, we know you like redesigning things to suit your own style … AND you love to be good to the earth. Check out these simple instructions for how to create your own custom sandals from the soles of old or broken flip flops!

Click here to braid your own flip flop straps!

Start by cutting the thong off and removing the ends from the base to start your new flip flops with just the rubber sole. (You’ll want to ask an adult for help with this part, since it requires a sharp blade.)

  • DIY Sandals from BurdaStyle: We love these great photos and step-by-steps for making new straps. Keep scrolling for a 2nd lesson in Friendship Bracelet flip flops!
  • Sandals from an old t-shirt from Etsy’s How-Tuesday blog: What can’t you make out of an old t-shirt?!
  • “Knot So Hard” (get it?) fabric flip flops from The Mother Huddle: These are super cute, girl makers!
  • Braided strap sandals by make it and love it: If you know how to braid, you can make these very simply.

You can also combine this idea with …

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Upcycled T-shirt Mother’s Day Gifts

T-shirt Flower Ring – Click here to learn how from Homemade Ginger!

Somewhere in the back of your drawers, kid-makers, is an old t-shirt just waiting for you to make an awesome Mother’s Day gift out of it. Surprised? Makers enjoy upcycling tees because the jersey knit doesn’t need to be hemmed, so you can make tons of projects without even needing to sew!

We hunted the internet to find the greatest wearable gifts for mom out of old t-shirts:

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Pillowcase Pajamas

Photo by Creative Kismet. Click here for how to!

Sometimes, the simplest everyday things have the most potential. Makers are going crazy with pillowcases – and we mean CRAZY! The lowly pillowcase is being upcycled into dresses, shirts, lunch  bags, curtains, purses, placemats, boxers and, our favorite, pajamas!

Kid-makers, we think you’ll go just as crazy once you get going. Pillowcase projects are good for the earth because their reuse an existing thing – also known as Zero Waste Sewing.  And the best part is that most pillowcase sewing projects are easy for beginners.

Cool Project Instructions:

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Sweater Sleeve Leg Warmers

Click here to learn how to make your own sweater sleeve leg warmers!

Kid makers, we know you’re growing out of stuff all the time. Use your maker skills to transform last winter’s outgrown sweater into super comfy leg warmers that are one of a kind! It’s a simple and green way to reuse a sweater that’s not in good enough condition to donate to a thrift store. (Plus, your kid sister would look totally adorable in these on her way to ballet class!)

Upcycle an old sweater into kicky leg warmers with these simple instructions from the I Could Make That Blog. The secret of why this works SO well is … Read more of this post

Ribbon Roses

Ribbon roses are a project we just know you’ll find lots of uses for, kid makers. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be attaching them to pencils, headbands, bike handles and wrapped presents  in no time. They also make great GIFTS for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and birthdays! Special thanks to maker Christina and kid makers Amberly and Melvay!

MAKER TIP: Try folding these  roses out of paper or fabric to find even more uses and styles for folding flowers.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Plastic Fusion

“Plastic Fusion” creates a colorful new material by ironing plastic grocery bags between protective layers. You can use this process to make all sorts of things like hats, purses, ponchos, bags, belts, bracelets and more. “Fusion” is melting something by applying heat to it. In our newest video, kid makers Amberly and Melvay teach YOU how to fuse plastic with a warm iron to make cool projects.

Download the instructions for this project here: Plastic Fusion Instructions. Send us photos of what you make at info@makeshopshow.com. And remember, stay calm and make on!

*SAFETY NOTE: Kid makers, this projects involves an iron. Ask an adult for permission or help with that part of Plastic Fusion.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Light Up Wristbands

These light up wristbands are an awesome intro to adding lights to your clothes! We’re thinking about all the things to do with these, lighting up socks, shoes, shirts, headbands … Don’t worry about finding the special supplies for this project. Click here for the soft circuit sewing kit.

Download the instructions for this project here: Light Up Wristband Instructions.

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