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Kente Cloth Dresses

Posted by on February 27, 2013

We are almost at the end of Black History Month, and we have had a variety of celebrations at school throughout the month. We started it off with the African-American Read-In, and will be finishing it up tomorrow with a soul food lunch. One of the ways that the students could participate was by making something creative out of Kente cloth. Each student was given a square, and their creations are on display for the rest of the school to see.

I wanted to use the Kente Cloth to make a special thank you gift for the two teachers who have been leading the activities all month. Last year, you may remember, I made them cute felt Build-a-Bears with Kente cloth clothing. (By the way, many of those Build-a-Bear dies are available for super cheap on the Clearance Rack!) This year I decided to make something with the Dress Up Framelits. I saw quite a few examples of a framed set of five dresses, so I am not sure whom to give credit to for the original idea. I recreated it with the Kente Cloth. The Framelits are not advertised as being able to cute through fabric, but if the fabric is thin enough it is not a problem.

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The frame is 14″ long, so my base paper is the one that came in it. I wanted a white background any way. I die cut the dress stands out of Chocolate Chip card stock, and the dresses out of a variety of Kente Cloth patterns. I apologize for the blurriness. My flash was reflecting off the glass, so I didn’t use it. They look really good in real life, and I can’t wait to deliver them in the morning!

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