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:
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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