Arrr, matey. Who goes there?
For some reason, I feel like talking like a pirate!
It might have something to do with this cutey and the no-sew craft we just finished up: these fun-and-easy personalized journals for kids made using Phoomph fabric bonding sheets.
All this week bloggers are sharing our kids craft ideas using this cool product, which gives body to fabric so you can work with it in amazing ways. Phoomph is available in stiff and soft varieties and eight different colors, so you really can customize your project.
Jackson and I are excited to share with you our video tutorial for how to make these personalized journals for kids, plus a cool fabric pirate eye patch for your little swashbucklers.
We’ll give the full scoop on how to make your own pirate loot journal and eye patch in the video tutorial below.
But this project really couldn’t be simpler.
We just covered a 9X12 piece of stiff Phoomph with contrasting fabric on both sides, then trimmed the edges. No ironing and no worries about sealing the edges because Phoomph does that for you.
Once both sides were covered, we folded our bonded sheet in half and punched holes along the edge. Next, we coffee-stained some computer paper and decorated it with pirate stickers and stamps, then added some leather cording as binding. We also added another length of leather cording to keep the journal closed and hold a pencil. All the nitty gritty details are in our video below.
We cut the eye patch from another piece of fabric-covered Phoomph, but this time we used soft so it would have some flexibility. Punch a few holes, then add leather cording or elastic and you’re done!
I hope you took the time to watch the video tutorial. I think it’s a riot! Jackson could give Martha Stewart a run for her money in the how-to department, and apparently he’s also a slapstick comedian. Did you catch his pratfall at the end?
And yes, I did tell my child that we couldn’t call 911 until after we finished crafting. I have my priorities! (Plus, he wasn’t really hurt.)
Phoomph isn’t just for boys (although I do think the little guys often get left out of the crafting fun). We also made a few girly journals using the same supplies and a similar technique. They’d be perfect as a diary, scrapbook or brag book.
Here’s the front and back of a journal I made using some coordinating quilting fabric. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Machine to cut the scalloped squares I used for my book covers. Then I decorated the book with shapes I cut out using various dies in my Sizzix. (I used the Tag, Scallop Combo Sizzix Die – Large and Sizzix Originals Die – Latches by Emily Humble.) I used my Crop-A-Dile hole punch tool and bound the brag book with ribbon.
I just love that you can use Phoomph in a die-cutter like the Sizzix. But you don’t have to have any fancy tools either; you can cut whatever shape you want from the Phoomph using scissors.
I can’t end this post without another photo of my cute craft helper.
He’s grown so much since his pirate birthday party almost four years ago.
But the boy can still rock an eye patch!