Hi there, Jane from Buzzmills, back again with another "Kids Create" project to share with you.

School is nearing its end here, and we are ready to take the plunge into the slow, languid days of summer.  Many of our summer days begin early in the morning hours, before the onset of the afternoon heat.  On many of these days pajama wearing until lunchtime is the norm.  Outdoor forts are built and books and blankets and drawing pads become strew across the backyard.  There is racing up and down steps, in and out of the house.  There is swinging and climbing amidst our cherry tree tree house. 

But occasionally there are quiet times.  Often times those are spent in the hammock, but all too often those hammock moments end in someone getting tipped. 

So, in order to bring some peace to those quiet times, and, to be honest...more seating when we have outdoor gatherings, we made a pair of beautiful and perfectly summery shibori floor poofs!

I'll be honest though...I didn't call it shibori when we were making them...I just called it tie-dye.  Because they are pretty much the same, right?  Plus, tie-dye is totally a summertime rite of passage of sorts!  The kids were thrilled, albeit not completely understanding of how it was all going to turn out.

To start...we used a plain old cotton painters drop cloth for our fabric and rubber bands...

and twisted and tied...

and tied and twisted...until we couldn't possibly do so anymore...

Then, into a bucket of hot water and 1 cup of salt dissolved, we poured one container of denim colored liquid RIT dye...

carefully placed our fabric into the bucket...

and waited...

for about 30 minutes...And then...the tedious task of snipping the rubber bands and rinsing clean, which, because of the permanence of the dye, became my job only.  After several rinses, a wash and a dry though, we had some excited kids and beautiful fabric!

To make the poofs themselves, I used Anna's pattern from her book "Handmade Style".  

Making them was simple, though quite time consuming with so many squares and rectangles to cut between the outer layer, batting and inner layer of canvas...

(*note, for the inner canvas layer I simply used another cotton/canvas drop cloth, you can't beat the price for the amount of fabric!)

And then...all of the quilting...I quilted around each of the circles that the rubber bands made. 

I added a little handy dandy handle to the top side of the poof as these are quite large and therefore a bit heavy as well. 

The handle, I think, will help to move it from spot to spot more easily, because I am certain they will be moving about quite a lot!

Initially, I simply stuffed these with poly-fil, but after testing them out they, to me, were not quite sturdy enough.  I envision these poofs not only for kid use, but also for comfy adult seating for cocktails on the deck or sitting around the fire pit and with that vision in mind I switched from poly-fil only to a mixture of two 4" pieces of foam with poly-fil sandwiched in between. 

Getting all of that through the 18" zipper opening was not for the faint of heart, but I love the end results!

Plus, their sturdiness can now hold up to nonsense, such as, trampolining...

But wait, I thought these were meant for the quieter times, like reading...Yes, they are indeed perfect for those as well.

and for lounging...

and relaxing...

Really, though, the kids couldn't be happier with them!  They are pretty excited that they made the fabric themselves!  And I'm pretty excited that they look good enough and are comfy enough for adult bums as well...

These are definitely a perfect new addition to our backyard this summer! 

Before they get too much outdoor use though, I'm hoping to spray them to make them water and sun resistant, that's something new to me though so I'm uncertain how it will work...I'll pop back in here to let you know how it went though!

Here's to summer and all it's fun!

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