I meant to post this over a month ago, but guess what? I had too many photos. And then Christmas stuff started happening and I didn't do anything about it. I might have it fixed. We'll see. Eventually I need to just print off my family blog and then delete posts.
Anyways. Back to the project. I made some jingle bell shakers for children to hold and shake and have fun with. It's been a month or so since I made them so now I can't remember the dimensions of the rectangles I cut out. But You'll get the general idea.
Long rectangle, hem both short ends.
Fold in half, right sides together, and sew down the length of the rectangle. I think I used a safety pin and pinned it to one side of the tube and pushed it through the tube to turn it...then find yourself a cheap shower curtain ring. You can buy a pack of 12 at Wal-mart for about 2 buck. Probably a bit less.
Thread the tube onto the shower curtain ring and keep threading until you get to the end.
When you reach the end, hook the shower curtain ring so it is secure. Then hand stitch the two ends together so you can't see the ring.
Then hand sew some jingle bells onto the fabric. My jingle bells are pretty small. They aren't very loud which may be good if you're just in your house. I'd use bigger ones if I was doing it again because I made them for the little dance class I teach. We used them for our Christmas dance but we couldn't hear the bells over the music because they were so small. But I already had this size from a preschool project I did so that's the size I did.
Make sure you use thick thread or really sew the bells on. My little 3 year old dancers kept sticking the bells in their mouths and chewing through the thread! Kids never stop surprising me. Just when I think I have it all figured out, they show me I don't. So secure those bells well so no one chokes on them.