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Craft Clip: Cloth Scraps
by Jeanne Heiberg
Save all fabrics of any size and any pattern.
Save all fabrics of any size and any pattern.

* Attach two matching pieces of cloth scraps to the end of a sock to make ears on a sock puppet. You can also use empty paper towel or bathroom tissue cardboard tubes for puppets, and then drape cloth scraps around them to serve as clothing and head coverings. Use the puppets to act out Bible stories.

* Make backdrops for a puppet stage by gluing cloth scraps to large pieces of cardboard, poster board, or foam backing. Use different colors and patterns to suggest whatever you would like the backdrop to represent, i.e., greens (no matter the pattern or texture of the fabric) for trees, blues for sky.

* To make lakes and deserts for the puppet stage, cut 2” squares of blues or browns (you will need nine pieces) and attach them in rows of three, creating a 6” square. You can take this one step further to make potholders to give as gifts. Just spread cotton batting, felt, terry cloth, or flannel scraps between two of the 6” square pieces, then bind around all four sides and throughout the square to hold the shape.

* Cut cloth scraps into shapes that represent the Sacraments or figures from Scripture or symbols of the Catholic faith. Glue to larger pieces of cloth to make banners. You can even use cloth scraps to cut out letters to add words to the banner.

* Braid long pieces of cloth scraps and attach the ends together to form a circle that can serve as a wreath. Add decorations that turn the wreath into a celebration of a calendar or liturgical season: autumn leaves (for autumn), candles and purple ribbon (for Advent), pine cones or small ornaments (for Christmas), flowers and pastel ribbons (for spring and summer).

* Make smaller wreaths to form flowers for the wreaths, or to stand on their own (with wire or skewer stems.)

* Drape cloth scraps over the sides and lid of a box to serve as a prayer box on your prayer table. Students can write brief and anonymous prayers of praise, thanksgiving, petition, and contrition and place them in the box whenever they would like. Students could make their own prayer boxes to take home to their families.




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