Using a brown grocery bag and making â€œleatherâ€ for this project is the first step when making this American Indian papoose.Â The third graders in our school study the American Indians, so I thought this would be a fun project for them.Â It will take more than one one-hour class unless the â€œleatherâ€ is made before class.Â Â The process is very easy and while Iâ€™m working with the brown bags I always make extra for future projects.
- Brown grocery bag
- Tan construction paper
- Indian baby (with sleepy face) (Pattern)
- Indian baby (blank face)Â (Pattern)
- Indian symbols (Copy)
- Colored markers or crayons
- Black marker
- Yarn, two pieces measuring 36â€ long
- Pony Beads
- Hole punch
Pre-Class Preparation:Â Making brown paper bag look like â€œleatherâ€
- Tear off the handles of the brown grocery bag, glue or tape them together and cut to an 18â€ length.Â This will be the papoose strap.
- Cut down the seam of the paper bag and cut the bottom out of the bag.Â Keep this bottom piece because it becomes the board of the papoose.
- Dunk the bag paper into a sink of warm water.Â Scrunch the paper together and squeeze out as much water as you can.Â Do not try to wring the water out of the paperâ€¦.the paper will rip.Â Unfold the paper and lay flat to dry.
For Each Papoose:
- From the dry â€œleatherâ€ cut:Â Â One piece of â€œleatherâ€ cut at 6 Â½â€ x 9â€ andÂ one piece of â€œleatherâ€ cut at 9 Â½â€ x 16â€
- 18â€ handle (for strap)
- Brown grocery bag bottom
- Yarn, two pieces cut at 36â€ length
- 8-10 colored pony beads
- Copy of Indian baby
Making the Papoose:
- Tear about one inch off a short (6 Â½â€) side of the 6 Â½â€ x 9â€Â Â Â Â Â piece.Â Using the side of a black marker, run over the torn edge of the â€œleatherâ€ piece.Â Â Lay this piece on the bag bottom (board) with the straight bottoms and sides even.Â Staple the two together at the sides.Â Make a mark 1Â½â€ Â from the side toward the middle on the top side of the â€œboard,â€ and 2 Â½ â€œ down from the top along the sides of the â€œboard.â€Â Â Draw an arc between the two marks and cut to round off the top corners of the board.Â Using the side of a black marker, run over the top edges of the â€œboard.â€Â Staple the â€œstrapâ€ to the back of the board.
- Tear about one inch off all sides of the 9 Â½â€x16â€ piece of â€œleather.â€Â Center the â€œboardâ€ over the large piece of â€œleatherâ€ with the bottoms even.Â Fold the sides of the â€œleatherâ€ to the frontâ€¦they shouldnâ€™t quite meet at the center.Â Slightly crease the sides so you know how much of the â€œleatherâ€ will show on the front.Â Draw and color Indian symbols on the front of the Â Â â€œleatherâ€ and on the top part of the â€œboard.â€ Â Outline the drawings and runÂ along the torn edges with the side of a black marker.
- With the â€œleatherâ€ placed around the board, with the bottoms even,Â and using a paper punch, punch holes along the sides of the â€œleatherâ€ fronts and through all layers along the bottom of the â€œboard.â€
Lacing the Papoose:
Place a small piece of tape at one end of each piece of yarn.Â Roll to make a needle-like end with the tape.Â Start by inserting the yarn/needle through the back, side bottom hole.Â Pull the yarnÂ Â Â through to the front, but leave a couple of inches on the back side.Â Tape the end on the back side down.Â Repeat with the second piece of yarn on the other side of the â€œboardâ€ bottom.Â Then lace the yarn through the bottom and then up the middle of the â€œleatherâ€ piece.Â Tie a bow and then knot the bow.Â Thread pony beads on the yarn, make a knot in the yarn and cut off the excess.
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