Today’s craft was a felt Kaab’a paper clip bookmark. It does require a little bit of sewing, but still a very easy craft to make.
According to Wikipedia, the Kaab’a is
The Kaab’a (Arabic: الكعبة), also referred as Al Kaab’a Al Musharrafah (The Holy Kaab’a), is a building at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, al-Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam and considered the “House of Allah.”
Black and yellow felt
Cut the yellow felt into a strip that is about half an inch wide and about three inches long.
Fold the yellow felt over the end of the paper clip and sew the two ends together.
Cut a piece of black felt into a four inch square.
Cut the ribbon to fit across the top of the square and sew it down with the embroidery thread.
Sew the black square to your yellow strip of felt.
That’s it! Your Kaab’a bookmark is ready to use.
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I’ve wanted to make this Palestinian t-shirt for awhile now. While at the store yesterday picking up some Cling Wrap, I saw the Freezer paper and knew that it was time. So I got the paper and today we got down to business to make this Palestine In My Heart t-shirt.
Blank white t-shirt
Flat edge paintbrush
Large sheet of foam
Create an image on your computer and print it out. Cut off a piece of freezer paper to fit the size of your image. Put the shiny side down, with a piece of carbon paper on top and then your image on top of that. Draw out your image with a pencil.
Place your freezer paper on the cutting board and with the Xacto, cut out your design. If your design is simple, you can use scissors, but since our map of Palestine had so many jagged edges on either side, we wanted to make sure we got all of them.
Place your piece of foam inside your tshirt. If you don’t have a large piece of foam, you can also use cardboard, or another piece of freezer paper. You just want to put something inside the t-shirt so that the paint doesn’t go through to the back. Place your freezer paper, shiny side down, on your t-shirt and iron it flat. The shiny side of the freezer paper will adhere to the t-shirt.
When you start painting your fabric paint on the t-shirt, you want to make sure you paint from the outside of the paper inwards. This will give you crisp edges and the paint will not bleed under the freezer paper. We ended up putting two coats of paint on our t-shirt to really get the paint into the little crevices.
Let your paint dry and take off the freezer paper. It should just rip right off your t-shirt. Take an old towel or t-shirt, place it over your image and go over it with the iron. This will help set the paint. Your t-shirt is done so wear it with pride! When someone asks you what it means, start a conversation with them about the apartheid that is happening in Palestine.
Today is another super easy craft with only a few materials. You can use as much paper as you want to make the paper garlnad long, but for this blog, we just made a short one to show you how super easy it is to make. The whole craft from start to finish took less then half an hour.
Cut your 8 1/2 x 11 carstock in half lengthwise with the paper slicer.
Mark the half way point on the short end of the 4 1/4 x 11 paper with a pencil all the way down.
Using the paper slicer again, cut your paper in 1 inch strips.
Run the paper through your sewing machine on the pencil marks. Alternate colors and leave a 1/4 inch gap between the paper. I couldn’t take a photo of me sewing this part as it’s hard to run the sewing machine and take a photo at the same time, so this is what it looks like when you are all finished.
Hang your paper garland outide to welcome your guests to your Eid party.
Or you can lay your garland on the table for a fun table runner!
I think the next time we might add stickers or use our moon and star punch out or cut out the stipes with decorative scissors to add a little something special to our garland. The sky is the limit since it’s paper. Have fun with your own creation!