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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bandana Couch for Kids:

I recently began a new job teaching preschool in a 2's/3's classroom, and I am loving it!  As I began to think of ways to personalize our space, I got the idea to make a little couch/bed out of bandanas and king-sized pillows.  The bandanas cost me .99 each at the dollar store.  The pillows were $10.00 each, but you can get them cheaper than that.

First, I sewed four bandanas together, four for each side of the couch.  Then I attached white fabric to each set ...

... and sewed them together:

When I can, I just cut the bottom part larger than the top part and trim it later.  That way, I don't have to use as many pins and goes quicker:

I turned the two sets inside out ...

and then ironed them:

Next, I pinned the two lined sets together, and sewed them up on three sides to make a large bag:

Then I put the pillows inside.  They are not attached to each other, and the bag is not snug.  I wanted flexibility:

If I knew how to put a zipper in, that would have been a better option so that this thing could be washed.  Ties or Velcro would have worked too, but I decided just to sew the whole thing shut.

I used a nice zig-zag stitch:

And, ti-da!  It is bright, cheery and reversible:

The kids really like it.  I set it up in the housekeeping area against a wall and put a basket of books next to it.  I'll post a picture of that area soon.

I wanted to show you another thing that I made.  Using calendar pictures, I made a food collage on foam board.  Then, I used paint pens for an artistic touch.  When I was done, I sealed it with strips of clear packing tape:

I am still working on the room, and when I get it "done", I will post pictures and show it to you.

~ Kathy M.

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Kathy A. Johnson said...

I love the bandana couch--what a great idea. I bet you could do a similar thing if you wanted to make a dog bed.

Your little ones are lucky to have someone who cares about them so much!

Stephanie said...

This is such a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing :)


Jan Newman said...

This is such a neat, lovely idea. I like the way your mind works. Good luck with the new job.

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The Wicked Writer said...

what a nifty idea, I'd never have actually thought of it, thank you so much for posting the how too.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, everybody! Glad that you like the idea and the post.

Kathy M.

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