Last week my mother, sister, and I drove with the four kids to our family reunion. The thought of nine hours with a 10, 9, 7 and 3 year old in one vehicle was all the inspiration I needed to get creative. I made each child their own travel kit and we all were happier for it. I constructed everything the day before we left...in the midst of packing. There were moments when I thought I was insane, but these were all super fast whip ups with impressive results... each child felt like it was their birthday and the drive was peaceful...most of the time. Here's what I made:
1. Printed (freezer-paper style) a symbol, significant to each child, on inexpensive organic bags from our co-op, which were filled with snacks, crayons, pens, books etc.
2. Covered cheap drawing pads with heavy-weight craft paper and a little Mod-Podge (to make them fancy).
3. Quick and easy sleep-masks...the surprise hit of the whole weekend, let alone the car ride!
Not only did the sleep masks make napping easier, they made listening to story tapes or ipods that much more relaxing. During the busy weekend, I'd often find a grown-up taking a breather in some comfy spot...with a mask!
So how did I crank out four masks in no time? The key was pinking shears and fleece.
Materials for one mask:
-9x5 in. rectangle of fleece
-9x5 in. " " of more fleece or flannel( I used scraps from the pillow case dresses and
they felt like silk).
-10 in. strip of elastic
-I used a pattern created with newspaper. I did a little adjusting to get just the right size...but this is extremely flexible...any basic shape resembling the mask will do.
-Cut out two identical fabric shapes with pinking shears and pin together .
-Sandwich the elastic between both pieces of fabric on either end. Sew it up. I double stitched over the elastic to give it strength.
That's it! If you've got any travel plans with children coming up, I highly recommend them.
*note: In the van photo above we are not driving. Safety belts should always be worn safely across chest in a moving vehicle.