For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.
Cool Summer Days Calendar Tutorial
Last year I posted about the tradition we have in our family to do Cool Summer Days, a summer activity calendar. The response I received to that post was HUGE. There's been several links to it again this year. Today I'm going to show you how to sew your own calendar for your family. You can find easy, fun summer activities for the calendar on my post here.
1 piece of muslin or other background fabric 36 x 22 inches (one yard of fabric cut down the middle. You don't need the whole width)
Scraps of colored fabric for the ice cream scoops and words
Scraps of brown fabric for the ice cream cones
Scraps of muslin for the backing to the ice cream cones
Heat 'n' Bond LITE or stitch witchery
Ice Cream Scoop and Cone Template
Cool Summer Days Template (click here for the pdf file for the templates)
Step 1 - Trace the ice cream scoop and cone templates thirty times on the back of the heat 'n' bond (the part that doesn't have the glue).
Step 2 - Cut around tracing marks (not right on the marks) and fuse the scoops with a hot iron to the back of your colored fabric and the cones to the back of your brown fabric (see photo above).
Step 3 - Trace the "Cool Summer Days" words to the back of the heat 'n' bond making sure they are backwards (see photo above). Iron the glue side to the back of the colored scraps of fabric.
Step 4 - Cut out all fabric right on the tracing lines.
Step 5 - Peel the paper backing off the cones. Place cones with glue side down on the muslin scraps. Iron with a hot iron to fuse them. Cut out.
Another easier way to do the cones would be to fuse the muslin and brown fabrics together first then trace the cones on the muslin fabric and cut out. This would save you cutting out the cones twice. I didn't think about that until I was done doing it the hard way. ☺
Step 6- Using a zigzag stitch sew the top edge of each cone. This finishes the edge of the cone that will become the top of the pocket.
Step 7 - Layout the ice cream scoops onto the muslin or background fabric piece (36 x 22 inch) one line at a time six scoops to a line. Pin in place. Before pinning the next line lay a cone under a scoop so you get the spacing just right (see photo above). Iron the scoops to the backing with a hot iron.
Step 8 - At the top of the calendar layout the "Cool Summer Days" and iron to fuse.
Step 9 - Using whatever decorative stitching you want on your sewing machine sew around the edges of each ice cream scoop and the words. I used a wide zigzag stitch and stitched down the middle of each letter. On the scoops I used different stitches: straight, zigzag, buttonhole, etc. to make it more interesting.
Step 10 - Pin all cones under the scoops with the finished edge of the cone at the top by the scoop. Using a zigzag stitch sew down the two sides of each cone leaving the top edge open to create a pocket (see photo above)
Step 11 - Finish the edges of the calendar by either turning to the back and creating a small hem or by sewing a colored binding strip to encase the raw edge (see photo above).
Step 12 - Finally number each cone 1 - 30 using fabric paint. You're done! Hang somewhere in your kitchen or family room to be used all summer. In each pocket place a strip of paper with an activity idea on it. Each day of the month corresponds with a number on the ice cream cone. Each morning pull out the slip of paper to see what activity is planned for that day.
There was a giveaway associated with this post. The giveaway has ended but I have opened the post up for comments again.