Thursday, February 27, 2014

100 day project

Mackenzie just celebrated her 100th day of kindergarten.
And to celebrate, everyone in her class had to make a project using one hundred things.
One of the kids in her class glued 100 sea shells to a poster board that was painted to look like a beach.
Someone else stuck 100 monkey stickers onto a tree. 
But Mackenzie had bigger plans. 
She wanted to make a stuffed animal butterfly. 
With 100 different fabrics. 

So that's what we made. 
Go big or go home people.  
It only took us 6 nap times to make but it turned out super cute and Mackenzie helped me every step of the way. 

The front of the butterfly had 100 different fabrics cut into various shapes. 
Then we sewed the 100 pieces on and quilted the wings together with batting in the middle. 

I accidentally sewed the fabric for the back of the butterfly on the wrong way. Opps! 
So we decided to work with it and added the pattern on to the back. 
And I let Mackenzie draw some designs on with a fabric marker. 

The middle section is stuffed with stuffing and the face is drawn on by Mackenzie. 
We also used ribbon to make antennas for the butterfly. 

a close up of one of the wings 

ta da! 
The finished product! 

Our labor of love.
Mackenzie told me that she was going to keep it forever or at least until she was really old. 

I love being able to craft and sew with my big kindergartener. 


Anonymous said...

This has to be one of the cutest homemade crafts I have ever seen! I didn't realize how big it was until I saw the picture with your little girl holding the butterfly! It is so beautiful. I know she will cherish the time spent making it with you. What a great idea.

monika said...

The butterfly is amazing!!!! stinning work! it s guarantie keeper forever!! as Mackenzie said. she is right. 0ne day it ll be such a precious craft piece full of memories!

Kathy said...

What a great and creative idea! It turned out so nice. I'm sure the teacher was impressed. It certainly is a keeper (forever or until she is really old). :)

Lessons Learned said...

Kudos to you for this! As a teacher, if my child brought it in, I'd be so torn - it'd be one of those keepsakes I'd want to keep (like an awesome memento/teacher gift) but what an amazing mother/daughter memory for her. There are so few parents, if any (in my school) who take the time to do something like this with their child. You get bags of 100 fruit loops, or choc. chips. Those posters will get thrown out. That butterfly has so many messages - and you have truly helped her wings to span and grow. What a great thing. Oh, how special. And naturally as a 30 something teacher, I want one.
Lessons Learned

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