Hurray for summer! It’s time for picnics, playing outside, and eating lots of watermelon. Speaking of watermelon, your little girl will love this adorable purse she can make herself! Craft foam, yarn and pony beads are needed to create this great beginning sewing project.
- 2 large sheets craft foam: green and pink
- Paper plate
- Pony beads: black, pink, green, translucent green, white, clear, and translucent pink
- White yarn
- Child safe sewing needle
- Self adhesive Velcro
- White craft glue
- Hot glue gun
How to Make It:
- Trace around the paper plate onto the pink foam; repeat on the green foam as well. Cut out the pink foam circle, cutting inside the tracing line by about 1/8” inch so it’s a little smaller than the plate was. Cut the green circle on the line so that it’s a little bigger than the pink circle.
- Fold the green circle in half and cut 1-inch from the outside edge to create two separate pieces; an outer and an inner circle. Set the inner circle aside and glue the outer circle to the pink circle. This will be the rind of your watermelon.
- Using a child safe sewing needle, sew pony beads onto the pink foam, alternating colors of beads as you go. Work in a circle, outer circle first, working your way inward toward the center of the pink foam.
- Turn over so that the beaded side is face down, leaving needle and yarn in tact. Do not trim off the yarn. Instead pull the remaining yarn off to the side and out of the way. Take the inner green circle that you set aside earlier and cover with white craft glue. Place the glue side down on top of the threaded side of the pink foam. Parents, use hot glue gun to secure the edges of the green circle then allow to dry, pressing down once in a while to help the white glue adhere.
- Fold the circle in half so that the beaded sides face outward and the extra yarn hangs out of one side (like spilling out of a taco). Kids may need a little help getting started with this step. Sew the end of the “taco” together, going through all layers of the foam, about 5 or 6 stitches. Continue sewing up one side to add white stitches as decoration to the rind. When you reach the other end of the half circle, sew the end together as you did at the beginning, 5 or 6 stitches will do it. Now continue up the other side of the rind, adding white stitches then tuck remaining yarn into the corner, trim if needed. Parents, secure both corners with a little hot glue.
- Measure a length of white yarn for the purse handle, make it as long or as short as you like. Allow for 2-inches extra at both ends. Tie off one end of a strand and thread needle. Poke through from inside of purse where you want the handle to be. Thread on pony beads in various colors until you have the length that you want. Sew through other end and tie off. Repeat for handle on the other side of the purse.
- Cut a piece of sticky back Velcro to cover the knot for the purse handles and attach. You can add some hot glue to help secure the Velcro or even add a stitch or two.
Ganz Parent Club Tip:
- Turn this into a doll purse by simply making it smaller. Simplify it by gluing the top closed.
- The sewing is time consuming on this project, so plan for a snack break in the middle for a job well done! Parents, there’s minimal use of the hot glue gun, but we recommend you handle that part to keep little fingers safe.