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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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!



  1. Cute idea and a perfect craft for kids to help with!

  2. That pillow case is darling, and your daughter is adorable.

  3. This looks like so much fun! Is the paint rough on the kids faces, or does it turn out soft?

  4. I love the pillow case idea!!! I will have to add it to our project list!

    As for reading to the kiddos, I really need to get back on that wagon. I was doing a weekly "book club" with my 4 year old where we would read a book, and then all week do projects that surrounded the book. I keep telling myself that we will get back on track but then I keep putting it off.

    I think after this weekend when I send my husband out with the kids so I can get caught up, I will work on getting some things prepared so I can reconnect with my daughter.

    Thanks as always for writing what I needed to hear!