When Robin at The T-Shirt Dairies asked for Stashbusting Ideas, I knew exactly what I wanted to share.
My husband is a high school science teacher, and recently he was trying to come up with some new ways to motivate his students. He'd been reading some articles about game theory and how it can be applied to motivate students (and others) to work as something as hard as kids will work at video games. One of the things he wanted to try was having cool sounding "levels" that the kids needed to get to, and settled on giving the kids a "Black Belt" in chemistry if they could meet certain learning goals. We brainstormed possiblity rewards...it had to be something cheap, but at least mildy appealing to teenagers. We came up with these.
It's seen the idea on Lil Blue Boo about a year ago, and I kept thinking about making them. I've cranked out 40 or 50 of these babies now for Hubby's students. I was worried that the kids would think they were dorky, but they've loved them. Hubby's seen them wearing them outside of class a bunch, and when we ran into one of the parents at a school function, they said something like, "Oh, you're the teacher where he earned that wristband..."
I'd already used most of my gold when I made Hubby's chair and Firecracker and Sweet Pea's school spirit capris...so all I had left to work with was the sleeves. I had to use every bit of fabric including bits with seams or that weren't cut straight. I ended up basically cutting the sleeves in one big spiral...and it worked out, seams and all. It's best if you can use nice straight pieces of knit without seams, but it will work either way.
Here's what you need to start out. Strips of knit...about an inch wide, scissors, needle and thread, and a safety pin.