Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shopping bag from Jeans

Things required:

Used Jeans, Lining material, cotton fabric for straps

Embroidery Thread

Round Sequins or mirror pieces



Cut material from the Leg part of the Jeans in the required width and height. As per our imagination decorate the Front and back sides. I have done embroidery using chain stitch. Join the sides and attach a base. Give lining inside.

Stitch a length of strap from the cotton fabric. Before attaching it to the bag, push in the beads. Attach a zip. Your shopping bag is ready!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A simple and easy flower arrangement

Things required:
Clay Bowl
Artificial flowers of different colours and size
Twigs of odd shape
Acrylic paint and brush


Paint the bowl with the colour of your choice. Fill it three-quater with sand. Paint the pebbles with different colours and arrange them on the sand. Paint the dry twigs with brown colour. F ix the flowers and twigs in between the pebbles. A beautiful flower arrangement for your show case or table decoration.


Instead of pebbles, the artificial clay which has become dry due to continuous use for the OT activities can be shaped and placed along with the pebbles.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Shoulder Bag from Recycled Jeans

Many times we never feel like throwing away good Jeans or pants, T-shirt etc. The material will be so good, but it would have become small in size. Dont worry, here is a way to reuse those scraps, if you have a knack for stitching.

Things required:
Used Jeans or thick Pant material
contrast colored Fabric strips for edging

Take a long rectangular piece of cloth cut from the Jeans. Length = twice the height of the bag required. Width = width of the bag

Cut strips of cloth 2" width and height of Bag. Fold the Rectangular piece and join the sides with the 2" strips. This will give a depth for the bag to put thick books etc.

Cut long strip of cloth, 4" in width, length enough for the shoulder strap. Fold length wise and join. Pull it inside out. Join the ends to the 2" sides of the bag.

Cut a piece of cloth for the overlapping flap. Stitch the floral edging. Join to the back piece of the bag. Attach velcrove to the flap and the top. Alternatively, a zip can be attached to the top. The bag is ready to use.!

I have used the pocket piece from the Jeans as such, but decorated with a floral edging.I have stitched a patch in the front flap, the picture taken from a used T-shirt!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Paper roll Flower vase

Things required:

Old news paper

Acrylic paints

glitter or chamkis

Finished Tissue paper roll

Cardboard piece and glue

Cut the paper into the required width. Roll them tightly and stick the end with glue. You can take the help of children to do the rolls. Make a number of these rolls as required.

Take one by one roll and stick it on top of the cardboard roll. This will give strength to the structure. You can also use an empty cardboard box. Once the entire Roll is covered with the paper rolls, leave it for the glue to dry.

Colour with the required acrylic colours. I have used yellow and orrange, and have painted a few green leaves to give a bamboo look. Also it can be decorated with glitters and chamkis.

Once dry, stick a base from the cardboard piece or a piece of plywood. This can be used as a flower vase or penstand.

Try and have fun with simple arts at home and with children...!!!