Father's Day Crafts: Homemade Remote Control Holder
Give dad a place to put the clicker.
- Designer:Your kid.
- Designer's assistant:You.
- An old pair of jeans or cargo pants:If you can find a pair of dad's, great. If not, hit up the thrift store for a cheap pair.
- Embellishments:Like glitter glue, sequins, rhinestones, fabric scraps, fabric letters, ribbon, rope, etc.
- Old-school iron-on patches:Check the craft/sewing section of your local craft or discount store or check out all the cool ones online at Laughing Lizards.
- Iron:Make sure you do all the ironing!
- Tape measure
- Hot-glue gun and fabric glue sticks:Kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing for this Father's Day craft!
- To get your Father's Day craft started, grab the old pants and help your kid cut out two of the pockets. If they're jeans, cut out the back pockets. If they're cargo pants, you may want to use the cargo pockets for your "remote holders." Make sure the pockets you choose are big enough to hold the remotes in your house.
- Trim all the way around the pockets, as close as you can to the stitching, without cutting through it.
- Help your kid cut a long/wide strip of fabric from one of the legs of the pants. You'll have to cut all the way up the seam of one leg to open it up and then cut the strip from the big piece of material that you end up with (don't worry about the seam). The strip should be wide enough to fit both pockets, side-by-side, and about twice as long as it is wide.
- Use a fabric hot glue to glue the pockets for this Father's Day craft side-by-side onto the short end of the fabric. You'll want the bottoms of the pockets to extend about 3 inches off the bottom of the fabric.
- When the glue dries, hot glue the patches onto the pockets according to the directions on the package.
- Then, help your kid hot glue some embellishments onto the pockets. He can spell out "DAD" in glitter glue or fabric letters or trim the edges of the pockets in rope or ribbon.
- When your Father's Day craft is all done, slip the remote controls into the pockets and toss it over the sofa arm so it's waiting when Dad comes down to flick on the game. He'll never have to hunt for the remote again.
- The edges of the remote caddy will be frayed denim, like a pair of cut-offs. If you want a more finished product, use hem tape to hem the edges of the fabric before you glue on the pockets.
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