4th of July Crafts for Children.

Whew.  What a week!  Craft Camp ended this afternoon + I'm feeling a bit sad.  I'm going to miss my sweet campers.  I had a great group of girls this year.  Everyday they came excited + ready to create.  What more can you ask for, right?  I was planning on posting all of the crafts we created next week, but then I realized these two projects are so simple + quick, you could tackle them in the morning with your children and be set for your July 4th celebrations on Sunday.  

One thing I felt passionate about when planning Craft Camp 2010 was teaching the girls skills they would be able to carry with them.  Maybe even spark an interest in a craft they had never thought they could do.  That being said, one day had to be devoted to sewing.  

These Star Applique T-shirt's were the perfect project.  I purchased $5 white t-shirts from Old Navy for each girl.  My local fabric store didn't have any red and white stripe jersey (I know!) so I bought a really awful looking red + white striped swimsuit cover from Wal-Mart for $7, cut it up and called it good.  You could use any contrasting fabric of your choice.

white t-shirt
contrasting fabric for star
sewing machine 

-Adhere Heat N' Bond to contrasting fabric according to package directions.  
-Trace star template onto paper side of Heat N' Bond.
-Cut out star.
-Adhere fabric star to white t-shirt according to Heat N' Bond package directions.
-Sew around perimeter of star.  I had the girls use a zig zag stitch which is a bit more forgiving but you could skip this step all together if you don't own a sewing machine or don't have the time.

I was really proud of my campers for accomplishing this craft.  You could see the pride in their eyes when they held up their finished t-shirts.  

While waiting for their turn at the sewing machine, the girls made these super easy button bracelets.  All you need are a bunch of buttons in red, white and blue + some clear elastic beading cord.  Tie a knot at one end of your cord, string on your buttons (pulling them so they slightly overlap.)  Continue until your bracelet is long enough to stretch around your wrist and finish with a square knot.  

Stay tuned next week for the remaining Craft Camp posts.  There are some fun things coming that might get you through these dog days of summer.

Until then, if you live here in the US have yourself a very festive + happy 4th.  I'm looking forward to some true relaxing summer weather, fresh fruit, and of course fireworks.  If you're a friend from far away, enjoy your weekend as well.  I look forward to seeing you all here Tuesday.


  1. This is why I love you. You realize the fabric store didn't have what you wanted, and then turned an ugly swim suit cover up into something adorable! If it were me, I would have decided that the project just wasn't going to work, and would have given up. I need you to train my brain to think more outside the box!

    I can't wait to see what else you came up with!

  2. Hannah looked adorable at the parade this morning in her new t-shirt and bracelets. She loved the whole week. I can't thank you enough for putting on such a great camp. Can't wait until next year!

  3. We love your button bracelet idea and just had to feature it in our recent take five post on our Top Five Holiday crafts this year.

    ~the Stepford Sisters ✿


  4. I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


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