For this activity I decided to stick with something I knew how to do. Actually, I did 2 things. For the first project I continued my basket weaving from my high school art class. I loved basket weaving so much that I finished the one mandatory basket we were supposed to do 2 weeks before the due date. So of course I started another basket for fun. I never finished because I got busy with AP exams, prom, graduation then summer came and I honestly forgot about it. I realized I still had my unfinished basket last year and every now and then when I have some free time I just start weaving a couple rows at a time. It’s very therapeutic for me.
- Core (I’m not sure if that’s the technical term but that’s what my teacher called it)
- Coil up your core to look like this 🌀
- Start wrapping the yarn around the coil
- Once your core starts overlapping each other in the coil, stitch between each gap. Pull tight so its not loose. This is the base of the basket. I usually wrap around the core 5-6 times then stitch and so on.
- Once your base is completely wrapped with yarnand it is the size you want you start to lay the core on top ofeach other. Continue the wrapping around 5-6 times and then stitching.
- Do this until your basket is as big as you want.
- If you run out of core cut the end of it at angle as well as the end of another oiece of coil. Match them up with each other and put a small piece of tape over it to secure. Continue wrapping and stitching.
The next project is making cheer bows (bows for cheerleaders). It is not a secret that I am a cheerleader and a cheer coach. I love all things cheer, including cheer bows. However, they can get pretty pricey. So I learned how to make my own.
- 26 inches of 3″ wide grosgrain ribbon
- hair tie
- glue gun
- 1″ wide ribbon
- Lay your ribbon in the shape of a cancer awarness bow. Carefully pinch it in the middle bringing the top part together with the middle section.
- Secure it with a zip tie
- Adjust it so it looks like a bow and not a big mess.
- Once it is to your liking, glue a hair tie to the back of the bow on top of the zip tie.
- Wrap the one inch wide ribbon over the zip tie and the hair tie. Glue it so it is secure.
- Fold the tails of the bow together and cut at a diagonal going from bottom (at the opening side of the fold) to the top (at the closed side of the fold).
- Run the lighter over the bottom of the tails so the the thread does not fray.
- Wear it with a high ponytail 🙂
I enjoyed this activity because I got to make things that I enjoyed making. It would’ve been fun to learn something new but for the sake of time I chose to go a safe route.