Guest Author - Christine Dux
The holidays are coming and it’s time to start thinking about gifts and keeping the children occupied while they are home on school break or traveling in the car. Why not share your love of rugmaking by creating a customized rug kit for them?
Start with a simple pattern, their favorite color or a theme they can relate to, like their favorite sport, inspirational words, pet or a hobby. If you are planning to work on the project in the car, pick something that can be safely worked on and doesn’t take a large amount of space.
The pattern should be age appropriate and one where they can quickly start to see what the finished rug will look like. Progress is motivating – the closer they get to the finished product, the more they will want to finish it.
Purchase all of the supplies needed to make the rug. Prepare and organize supplies so they can jump in and get started on the project. Depending on the rugmaking method and pattern, you’ll need to wash, precut, iron and join fabrics strips or transfer the pattern and cut rug canvas to the correct size. Clear resealable storage bags work great for organizing fabric strips. Cutting and ironing may all be part of rugmaking, but the idea here is to get them started. Save the cutting and ironing for when they are older or for their next rug. They’ll be more willing to do the less fun tasks, once they see what the end results are.
Find a cool bag or organizing bin to put it all in (something that they can reuse later in their bedroom or for school or sleepovers) and a pencil box to put the smaller items in like stitch markers, crochet hook and scissors. Throw in a movie or two, some hot cocoa mix and wrap it up!
Plan to spend time together over the holidays to get them started. Make a day of it – throw in a movie, make a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy your time together.
Once the project is completed, help them put the finishing touches on it like binding or getting it ready to hang. Find a place where they can proudly display their rug and start discussing ideas for their next project.