I'm here again with another kid designed and kid made project to share with you today.

Every summer, just after school lets out and just before the kids roam and rule the house for nearly three months, we clean and organize the kid's rooms.  Honestly, by the end of the school year there is such a rush and flurry of end of the year activities that it seems as though nothing ever gets put away and it all piles up...in the middle of the floor!  I simply can not move forward with summer with my sanity in tact if things aren't tidied up to begin...

So, our first few days of summer break were spent doing just that, tidying and organizing...which also included tackling a pile of books that ended up in the middle of the hallway as opposed to in the bookshelf!  

Post organization and with a new bookshelf acquired, we quickly realized that we were in need of a few bookends, of course, it wasn't until the end of the summer that we actually got around to it! 

When I mentioned to the kids what we were making their eyes instantly lit up and they were eager to get started!  

First step, design.

I encouraged them to design whatever they wanted to see in their bookshelf, but with some guidance to keep it simple, not too elaborate and remember that they were going to help to make them!  Henry designed a lion and a penguin, while Violet went more abstract with a pair of book "monsters".

Second step, choose fabrics from the scrap bin, which is always a favorite past time in our house!

Third step, make patterns, cut and prep fabric...

Fourth step, sew...

Watching their designs come to life is always an exciting moment.  Henry couldn't stop squealing with delight over his little penguin! 

The fifth step was to stuff!  Another favorite thing to do in our house, "diving" into mommy's giant box of polyfil!  They started with stuffing the tops of their creations with polyfil and finished with "micro beads" at the bottom to add heft to their creations, seeing that they have an important job keeping books in order on the shelves!

This was such a fun collaborative project for us all.  From the start of design to the end products...

These guys are not only cute...

They are pretty good at their "job" too...

The only problem I perceive...is that they aren't allowed to do their job because they are getting swiped off of the shelf to be played with as stuffed animals.  

Though, I suppose there are worse things!

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