I’m extremely happy with how this project turned out – first of all, it’s super quick and easy (no sewing machine required) and was something that I could make with my pre-schoolers. Ok – so Isabelle just amused herself by drawing on the bunting, but Noah did most of the threading for me and an older child could probably manage the whole project themself.
Secondly, it looks awesome (more than my less than average photos show) and will be SO USEFUL in that I can simply rub out the chalk and make a sign say whatever I want for any occasion or celebration. We are only limited by the colours of chalk we own and our imaginations – ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Merry Christmas’ – whatever.
Have you used chalk cloth before? This is my first time. I actually bought my chalk cloth from Spotlight for a completely different project (which I still plan to do), but then this one just kind of happened. Chalk cloth is a flexible, non-fray vinyl that can be cured* to be used as a chalkboard.
I made by bunting 5x5 inches (I usually use metric but just happened to have my quilting ruler handy at the time.) I wanted to make them even width and height so as to use the fabric most economically. I marked my template with chalk and cut them out with sewing scissors. I managed to get 17 triangles across the width of the fabric (I’d bought only a 1/4 metre and still have around a half of this left.)
Because it doesn’t fray you don’t have to worry about hemming! Bonus!
I used a needle to puncture a hole in each of the top two corners of each triangle and I hadn’t them to Noah to thread with string with a large, blunt (kid-friendly) wool needle. I helped him a bit with this. Because the cloth had been rolled up I choose to thread it the way I did to straighten it out.
Then we cured (*this is the process by which you rub chalk all over the cloth. Clean. Then repeat the process again.) ; and wrote letters on our flags.
And then we were done! Ta da!
We’ve been really getting into The America's Cup – so I thought it only fitting for the first use of our flags to be a banner in support of our team. Go Team NZ!
Noah, you know you’re not allowed up on the couch like that!
All in all, it was a fun, easy and super effective craft that I was able to do with the kids and something I know we’ll get a lot of use out of in the future.
What have you made with chalk cloth? This is definitely not the last you’ll see of it on this blog!
Joining in with the lovely Miriam