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by Heather Loverde of The Creative Homemaker / ga03262010

Heather writes, "Since our children are little and have extra energy during our Family Home Evenings, I figured that maybe having a personalized Magic Carpet would help(at least for the lesson). I am so excited to use them on Monday Night(even though they have already tried them out)!

1 - I called around to a few of our local carpet supply stores and asked for the "discontinued carpet samples", they let me have them for FREE.  (I did have to go back 5 times to keep checking-so worth it though!)

2 - In the corner there was a plastic name plate. I just used a really sharp box knife and got as close to the name plate as I could to cut it off.

3 - I got similar colored fabric(discounted home furnishing fabric-its thicker) to match the carpet. Cut 4 strips of fabric([2] 3-1/2 inch x17 & [2] 3-1/2 x 27 inch).

4 - Using your glue gun, glue along each edge attaching the strip of fabric. Press down on the fabric, to make sure it adhered. Do all 4 sides and then flip over.

5 - Hot glue front side edges. NOTE: I didn't sew any seams!

6 - Around all 4 sides cut 1/2 inch slits.

7 - Ruff it up by rubbing your hand across back and forth a few times (really fast).

8 - To personalize it for each family member, cut a 3 inch wood circle "button". Sand edges really well so its not too sharp.

9 - Cut ribbon pieces into 3 1/2 inch strips. Fold in 1/2 & glue to the back side.

10 - Finished back side of "button".

11 - Using a long thick needle and thin matching ribbon pull thru (using pliers) the carpet.

12 - Tie up the button, with double knots.

13 - Use a sharpie marker to write the family members' name.

14 - All done and ready to use! I will use these for Family Night but I'm also excited to use them for General Conference also.

Comments (14)
  • Nancy

    What a wonderful idea. I'm going to use it for all your ideas, plus for movie time for all the grandkids, when they visit.

  • Kim Sandling

    Thank you very much! These are such a great idea! I really need to call some fabric stores now!

  • Jennifer Bradshaw

    I love this! This is perfect for my 2 3-year-olds, both for conference and FHE. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marcie Clark

    This would be great for lesson time in the nursery! We could even give them their magic carpet when the go to Sunbeams!

  • Jennifer Perkins

    So very cute!!

  • Jodi

    Thank you. I am so excited to do this project. My son is very excited too. He even asked if I could put a small pocket somewhere on his to hold his treasures. Thanks again for the fun idea.

  • Sarah

    That is SO cute! I can't wait to make one for my little energetic one! (and maybe she'll actually sit on it if Mommy and Daddy have one too!) Thanks for thinking of calling around and getting the free, discontinued samples- how thrifty! And I would've never though of that!!! Thanks again for sharing this idea!!!!!

  • Carolyne

    Wow even I could do this and my grandson would love it. thanks...

  • Fabiana

    Going to pass this on to my friend who is a kindergarten teacher. What a fabulous idea!!! Keep them coming, Heather.

  • Trystan Guy

    This is an unreal idea! I have three little ones and one on the way and they are all under 5 and seem to have ants in their pants all the time!! This will encourage them to sit on the mat at least!! Even if they can't keep too still.

  • Annette

    These would work great as prayer rugs to do with the activity days girls!

  • Tracy

    Do you ever sleep at night? How do you turn your brain off? I find that creative people have trouble with that. This idea is DARLING!!!

  • veronica

    my sunbeams is going to love this

  • Becky

    I love these! Thanks so much for showing the step by step directions. That really helps explain how you made them so cute!

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