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Hold the phone – in a stylish cell phone holder of your own design! Students use their measuring skills to create this custom fabric holder and decorate with Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers!
People rely on their cell phones to keep track of their contacts, appointments, to-do lists and to have in case of an emergency. It is understandable why people may panic if their cell phones are misplaced! A great solution is to store the phone in a holder so you’ll always know just where to find it!
Students create a custom cell phone holder for themselves or someone they know! Begin by using a ruler to gather the dimensions of the phone. Write down the height, width, and depth of the phone. If students do not have a phone with them, have them picture holding the phone in their hand. Is the cell phone larger or smaller than their hand? Is it wider than their palm? Imagining the phone will help students to make estimated measurements.
Students add the depth to the width and write down the number they calculate. Do the same using the depth and the height. Use the calculations to cut pieces of fabric for the cell phone holder. Fold a piece of 100% cotton in half, and use Crayola Bright Fabric markers to draw a rectangle on the fabric that is as wide as the width + depth calculation and as tall as the height + depth calculation.
Carefully cut the folded fabric along the measured lines with Crayola Pointed Tip Scissors. There should be two identical rectangles that will easily cover the cell phone. Lay one rectangle on top of the other so that all edges line up evenly. With fabric glue or a stapler, attach the two rectangles together. If using hot glue, adult assistance is advised. Be sure to only glue or staple the right side, left side of the rectangles. Leave the top edges and middle of the fabric open, creating a pouch for the cell phone. Cut a long, thin strip of the remaining fabric and attach each end to the top of the cell phone pouch to make a strap for the holder. If you prefer a wrist or arm holder, attach the middle of the fabric strip to the back center of the fabric pouch, leaving both ends open. Fasten a piece of Velcro® to each end of the fabric strip, and the pouch can easily be wrapped around the arm or wrist!
Draw colorful designs and pictures on the fabric cell phone holder with Bright Fabric Markers! Place a small piece of flat, recycled paper inside the fabric pouch to prevent bleed through. Draw the illustrations, making sure the cloth is saturated. Be creative! Students can let their personality shine through in their drawings! Experiment using Bright Fabric Markers to create interesting effects and textures. Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
When finished, have an adult iron the design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.
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