Thursday, June 3, 2010

Roll Whatever You Need To Roll!

I got to thinking about the Roll-a-Chore soft cube and decided I could improve it easily. So, TA-DA,  this is the result! I like to call it the
Roll-a-Whatever Cube

I know it looks simple and that's because it is!
 But, just imagine the possibilities

You can insert cards for virutally whatever you need on a roll of the die. We also have a variety of games that come with their own special little dies for simple things like colors or number words. You can pare down and toss a little clutter by using this with your own interchangeable cards.

Some more ideas:
Numbers (not pictured) or Number words

Color words/Colors
(I forgot to take a picture of the pink card, but you can kind of see it glowing at the bottom in this picture!)

How fun, especially for non-readers. And this would be a good way to use pictures of chores or things to do when you are getting ready for bed or whatever you can think up!

Song Time Games
And someone told me this would be perfect for song time at church with young children--roll a way to practice singing a song!

Or, what about family pictures--roll to see who has to take the trash out! Or, or, (I can hardly get it out--so excited!) what about a gift using your family photos? The recipient can just insert the updated family photo each year!? Grandmas and Grandpas everywhere will cheer!

Want one? Are the ideas for using it overflowing?

To make it, follow the general instructions HERE.

Instead of using the iron on applique picture, you can just sew on clear vinyl. I used 12 gauge (Is that the right word? It describes the thickness.) so it would be sturdy but pliable.

To do this, you will need to cut it about 1- 1 1/2 inches smaller all around than your fabric. I used 4 1/2 inch fabric squares and 3 1/4 inch vinyl squares. I cut everything with my rotary cutter so it would be pretty accurate. Tape the vinyl in place using masking tape on each side. Leave a space where you will start. This is difficult to see since the vinyl is clear, but you get the idea.

I started sewing on the left side. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending to secure the thread so it doesn't unravel and your pocket fall off. I made sure to backstitch a little before the vinyl and a little on the vinyl. I used a zig zag stitch that was fairly close in length.
After you have made 6 squares with 6 vinyl pockets, continue putting your soft cube together using the instructions found HERE. When it is complete, just add your cards. Mine were just a little smaller than 3 inches square and I used cardstock so they would slide more easily into the vinyl pocket.

The possibilities are endless. And, since you have the die ready, it is super easy to just change the cards or make up new ones. How about roll-a-meal? Maybe that would help me decide my menus!? Enjoy!

UPDATE: To make this more of a block, you might want to consider putting a 4 inch square foam block in the inside so it is stiffer. You will probably have to handstitch at least 2, if not 3, sides on the top flap to be able to insert the foam. It will give your soft block a little more stability and a stiffer shape. It all depends on the look you want and the way you are using your block. Hope you enjoy it either way!

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Auntie K,  said... June 4, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Would love to make one of these for my niece and nephews--unless you've beaten me to it ;->

Unknown,  said... March 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM  

What a fabulous idea!!!! I love it!

Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Friday! I'll be posting the next link party tomorrow night. I hope to have you stop by and share again this week!

:)rachel at

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