We Made It // Sharing Blanket Kit
When I sew I am usually surrounded by sharp scissors, needles and a hot iron - a complete disaster for small children, especially very curious ones like my son Grey. When I was contacted by Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores asking if I would be interested in trying out a new idea - We Made It, by Jennifer Garner - I was pumped, who doesn't need a fun activity to make with kids during the summer! We Made it, by Jennifer Garner is a collection of more than 100 creative kits and projects designed to promote imaginative exploration among children ages 4 to 11
The kit that they sent me was perfect, The We Made it Sharing Blanket Kit (right up my alley) and came with fun additions to decorate it!
I quickly unwrapped the packaging and fell in love with the fabric: space fabric on one side and a soft gray fabric on the backing, which I might add is seriously soft. The blanket is actually two blankets, with the option of sewing together with the included needle and thread to make a larger size. The smaller size is perfect for my son to take to school for nap time and then have a second one for swapping out while the other is washed, so I am planning on keeping them separated.
Also included are 4 sheets of bright fabric backed with adhesive and paper (so you can draw designs to cut out), a fun assortment of designs to cut out and use as a template to trace and two large needles and thread for making a border stitch around the blanket or to join the two blankets together to make a larger one.
I love the adhesive backed fabric because there is no need for a hot iron and fusible interfacing like I normally use so it is perfect for small hands.
Here is the assortment of shapes to use as templates if you like. My son loves dinosaurs right now so we decided to use him for our first blanket.
After cutting out the dinosaur shape, I traced around him using a marker on the paper backed fabric. I cut this out for my son since he is still not the best with scissors yet, but the shapes are easy to work with so larger kids should have no problem at all working with this.
There is plenty of the adhesive backed fabric to add some extras to your cut outs, I free hand cut Grey's name out to put on the talk bubble so it looks like the dinosaur is saying his name :)
You simply peel off the paper backing and stick to the gray side of the blanket - which feels almost like sweatshirt material. The adhesive backed fabric is pretty sticky so you might have to help out smaller kids attaching to the blanket. It stuck really well so I am pretty confident it will not be peeling off.
We decided on a robot for the other side, and added our own little star shapes to fill out the scene.
We now have two snuggly blankets designed by Grey himself to take to school now for nap time, and he cannot wait to show them off to his little friends!
There are many more fun We Made It projects available at Jo-Ann stores nationwide, including the following:
Superhero Cape Kit - This will probably be our next project together.
There are more available online and in stores, just look for this tag!
Jo-Ann stores is also hosting an Instagram Sweepstakes until July 18th for a chance to win a $250 Jo-Ann shopping card and a We Made it by Jennifer Garner prize package! Be sure to share photos, projects and advice about crafting with your family and tag #wemadeitsweepstakes