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Better Mom Day 16: Reading (and Pool Noodle Stamped Pillowcases)

If you’re new to the 31 day series, over 1200 bloggers have chosen a theme they want to write about every day in October ranging from food or fashion to faith or fabric.  See the whole list at The Nester.  I decided to focus on trying to be a better mom, and you can see my first post here.

Day 16: Reading
My kids have always loved reading, but now that the girls read all on their own, I don’t sit down very often to read with them.  Today I made sure to read to Asher during the day, then after the girls came home from school I had them each pick out a book for me to read to them too.  It was great to just sit on the couch and have some down time with them.

For something fun today, check out my instructions for some pillowcases I helped the girls make earlier in the summer.  I used a pool noodle from the dollar store to make my stamps, but you could use anything–regular stamps, sponges, puff paint.

Using a serrated knife, cut a 3 inch section off your pool noodle.  Obviously if  you use the scalloped shape you’ll get a flower, if it’s plain round you’ll get a circle.  I also made a round stamp by cutting a 2 inch section, and using scissors, carefully shaping a small part to be round.

Be sure to put a piece of cardboard inside the pillowcase so the paint doesn’t bleed through to the other side.  Use a foam brush to apply paint to the bottom of your stamp (use fabric paint, or mix fabric medium into regular paint).

Place the stamp on the fabric, press firmly, and pull straight up. Repeat until you’re satisfied with the pattern.  Let the paint dry (I always pull out my hair dryer at this point to speed it up) then do the other side.

My girls had a great time making their own pillowcases to take on vacation!  Hope you’ll try it out and have fun creating with your kids!


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