Learn how to shape washcloths into animals and holiday ornaments!
TerryGami is a new craft that uses thin, borderless terrycloth washcloths or terrycloth utility cloths, rubber bands, needle and thread to make animals and holiday icons. Some of the critters are stuffed, some are not. All of the items can be made with thin washcloths that can be purchased at department stores for about $4 for a package of 18 cloths. The critters require one to four washcloths, depending on the item being made. Several of the items do not require gluing or sewing. For safety, blunt-end needles such as darning and small yarn needles work well with terrycloth. This allows young children to learn how to sew without concern of pin pricks.
The first two TerryGami books can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Nobles. A third book will be released soon. Look for the release date on this website.
Many of the terrycloth creations will be of interest to Girl and Boy Scout and Girl Guiding leaders, to Bible school teachers and summer camp leaders, to Boys and Girls Club facilitators, to play group moms and to children who enjoy making crafts on their own. Since the trend now is for children to have craft birthday parties, the party favor and/or activity can be a terrycloth soft sculpture the children can make themselves, saving parents money in the process. Educators and group facilitators are always looking for hands-on activities for children, and these critters appeal to both girls and boys.
Look for a TerryGami book by the end of the summer! The new book will concentrate on one cloth critters and ornaments, which can easily be finished in one weekly Scout meeting. Happy Crafting!