Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dyed Noodle Necklaces

I've seen several blogs and websites with instructions about dying noodles. I decided to make some for the kindergarten and 1st grade classes at VBS, and they loved them! I divided up the noodles in plastic veggie trays, so the kids could reach them.


Hemp string (it's stiff and strong which makes threading much easier)
Food coloring
Assorted noodles
Rubbing Alcohol (this sets the color so they don't bleed and noodles keep their shape and firmness)

Put the desired number of noodles in a sandwich baggie. Poor in about 1 - 2 tablespoons of alcohol. Add a few drops of food coloring. Seal the bag, swish around the liquid until all noodles are coated. Leave in for 5 - 10 minutes, until desired color. I poured the noodles into a colander and reserved the dye. Dry the noodles on a paper plate. It might take a couple of hours to dry.
Repeat process for as many colors as you like.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Another Monk's Bag

Well, I decided to make a smaller monk's bag. I love the first one I made, but I had some fabric I wanted to try. I made some throw pillows for the guest room bed out of the floral. My husband claims it has a Korean design influence. I'll take his word for it. He's the one with the Asian History degree. I used three kinds of fabric. The floral and dot printed fabric are Alexander Henry designs from Jo-Ann's. The red is a poly-cotton blend I already had with a little stretch to it. The inside strap is the dot fabric. I do like it, though it is flashier than what I usually wear. I added pockets to the outside and inside, four in total. These are really easy bags to make.