Let’s Go Fly a Kite

I had a fantastic idea a few months ago.  I wanted to make crime scene quilts of my kids.  So we went to the fabric store and each of the boys picked out fabric.  I got 1 1/2 yards of each, had them lay down on it and I traced out their outline with a Sharpie.  Well, soon after that is when I realized that it was going to be a lot of work – maybe not such a fantastic idea after all.  I don’t really enjoy quilting anything bigger than a baby quilt.  But what do you do with fabric that is covered with Sharpie marks?  Make a kite for the boys! 


This pattern is from Creative Living, a book from a line of Rowan books.  The pattern itself was fine, requiring some things I don’t normally work with, like dowels


 and grommets.


I also had to get creative to make the ribbons on the tail hang correctly, but overall it was a great thing for the boys, especially since I have a hard time finding things to sew for them.


 Now we’re all just waiting for a windy day and I’m really hoping that it flies.

36 Responses to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”

  1. 1 Rosa August 17, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    That is too cool! I love it. The colors are amazing. And let me just share that my ds goes everywhere with his Superman PJs. It is too funny! We’ll go to Home Depot and everyone will say, “Hey Superman!” He eats it up. Great idea.

  2. 2 weirdbunny August 17, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Your kites are brilliant. So good to try something different with fabric, and brilliant to learn new techniques. Lindie, your ideas never fail to amaze me !

  3. 3 Karyn August 17, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    LOVE the kites!!! I’m sure the boys do too!!

    Keeping my fingers crossed that they will fly, I’m sure they will!

    Have a super weekend!

  4. 5 Abby August 17, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    The entire time I was reading this post I kept singing that “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Marry Poppins. The kite looks awesome. I love that Dick and Jane fabric. It’s better than those plastic kites.

  5. 6 Connie W August 17, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    You are full of creativity. This is a great idea! The photos are really great as well.

  6. 7 shannon August 17, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    This is so cute! Wouldn’t it be cute to make 4 or 5 of these and hang them from the ceiling as decoration in a kids bedroom?

  7. 8 southerngirlmusings August 17, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    The kites are beautiful…I am sure they will fly. 🙂

  8. 9 Vicki W August 17, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Now that is darned cool!

  9. 10 Stephanie August 17, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Much nicer than store-bought kites! Be sure and take photos when they are flown!

  10. 11 Sue B August 18, 2007 at 2:56 am

    well now how cool is that?! You did a great job on it.

  11. 12 Fiona (Dragonfly-Crafts) August 18, 2007 at 6:29 am

    What a fantasic idea and the boys still get something handmade.
    Looks great and I’m sure it will last a while.

  12. 13 meg August 18, 2007 at 10:24 am

    You’ve definitely earned the “Cool Mom” title with this one, Linda! 🙂

  13. 14 Chara Michele August 18, 2007 at 11:28 am

    That is such a great idea! Very cool:)

  14. 15 Beth August 18, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    What a clever idea! I can never figure out what to sew for my nephews. This may just the thing!

  15. 16 Tami August 18, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    The kite is such a great idea! I hope it flies for them.

  16. 17 katie August 18, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Love that! DJ and I made a kite a few months ago with straws and paper, but it wasn’t windy enough to fly it that day…and then you can guess what happened to the paper after he had his hands on it for a while. The kite is no longer. Maybe we can try a fabric one next time.

  17. 18 judicreations August 18, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Well who ever said you couldn’t change your mind and try something else new. The original idea sounded interesting but your kites look fabulous. That’ll be so much fun to fly too. Great idea.

  18. 19 lera August 19, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Superman flying a homemade kite. Nothing is better than that. Well, unless it’s a crime-scene quilt. 🙂 (That’s a great idea, too. I would have loved to have seen that, too.)

  19. 20 randomrevelations August 20, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Hopefully it doesn’t take Superman to make that baby fly. I bet they are so excited! Waiting for a blustery day! The fabric is perfect. Did they pick it out?

  20. 21 persephonesawakening August 20, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    way to be creative and not waste fabric!!

  21. 22 YUMMERS! August 20, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    I love the kite idea and the colors. Did it fly???

  22. 23 Rosalie August 21, 2007 at 3:07 am

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  23. 24 Dana August 21, 2007 at 7:50 am

    what a great idea!!!!!!!

  24. 25 sarahk August 21, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    That is so cool, your ideas are amazing….

  25. 26 Carla August 21, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Your kites are awesome! I just updated my blog, and I mentioned your artist drawing case. I’m going to highlight tuts on my blog. Thanks for all the time you put in to teaching the rest of us!

  26. 27 Dee Light August 22, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Love the kite!!! It looks like alot of work. Did it fly?

  27. 28 Denise August 23, 2007 at 6:28 am

    What a cheerful project, just looking at it from my Michigan vantage point is enjoyable. Kite flying is unfortunately a season or two away here. Good luck with the wind.

    It would be a great wall hanging for your boys room between flights.

  28. 29 Shannon August 23, 2007 at 7:45 am

    What a fantastic idea! The kites turned out so beautiful. I just love the picture with your son running away with his kite wearing his Supercape:)

  29. 30 sammyjo August 23, 2007 at 10:22 am

    i love the kite its really good and id love to see a pic of it flying.

  30. 31 Regina August 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    The kite is wonderful! I have a little superman at home, except he calls himself fuperman. Now go fly a kite! (he he)

  31. 32 DML August 24, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Did it fly? It looks very well made and much better than the modern ones you see in stores.

  32. 33 char August 28, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Those cupckes are the cutest pin cushions I have ever seen. Youshould sell those they are so cute they look edible. Char

  33. 34 heeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy February 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    hi this helped with my homework thank u soo musc


  34. 35 Kristine June 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Dear CraftApple!
    I love the pic with the kite on the grass! I am contacting you to ask about the licens – can I use it on my webpage in Denmark??


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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