Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Made It: Cloth Erasers!

Hi friends! Happy Monday Made It!
This weekend, I made some cloth erasers for my student chalkboards that I have in my room. These could also be used for student whiteboards if you have those instead (which you probably do...). I've heard of other people using socks to erase or other cloths, but I didn't have any of those, so I made these instead! They are based on the directions I found at maya*made.
If you can use a sewing machine at all, you can make these in a snap! Here's how you do it.

First, you will need to get some cotton batting. This can be found in the bolts at any fabric store. I bought a yard, which will make about 27 erasers. Once you have your cotton batting, cut rectangles that are 5 inches by 10 inches.

Next, take one rectangle and fold it like so:
Then, you will sew all the way around it. Sew about 1/4" in from the edges. It's really not that big of a deal if it's not perfect, just remember... it is an eraser. :)
After that, sew parallel lines. Make as many as you want to, as far apart or as close as you want to. If you are a Type A sort of personality, yours will look much more perfect and beautiful than mine. I"m cool with that. :)
Then that's it! The original directions said to use pinking shears and cut all the way around. That does make it cuter ... but my border around isn't really thick enough.

So here is a little pile of them! They all look different, just like snowflakes!!
Each eraser took me about 3 minutes to make. Just sew, sew, sew! My sewing machine skills are like... first grade level (if first graders use sewing machines), so if I can do it, so can you!

I made some of these last summer for my class and the kids LOVED THEM. Absolutely 100%. They are really cute and they erase well. And if you use them for dry erase markers, just throw them in the wash after a while.

And I leave you with a little funny today:
Haha! Have a good week!


  1. Cool erasers and funny joke it made me smile!

  2. Oh my goodness! I just may try that at Starbucks!!!! LOL! So funny!!! Love your erasers:))) Love that your made if I just had a sewing machine!!! We got through sooo many erasers!!! I'm not sure if they eat them or Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. Great idea! In the past I used to buy washcloths for the kids, but those just don't wash up well.

    I Love My Classroom

  4. What a great idea! I also gave you One Lovely Blog award. Stop by to claim it.


    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  5. Oh my gosh! Those are adorable Jill! I love them. Want to come sew some for me? I am not sure I know how to turn the machine on....

    Teaching in Room 6

  6. Cool erasers! Such an easy idea!

    Love the funny... made me smile :)

    First Grade Garden

  7. Oh my goodness hahahah. Definitely laughed out loud at the end.

    Third Grade in the First State

  8. HAHAHAH! I love that Starbucks trick! I may have to try that sometimes, but I don't know if I'm that brave. That's awesome.
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  9. I buy my erasers from Lakeshore because I don't even know how to sew on a button. Yes. It's true.
    AND the Starbucks thing is way too funny!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  10. I would love to go to Starbucks and have someone do that. It would be so funny!! Love the erasers.


  11. Very cool!! I have given your blog some awards. Please stop by my blog to pick them up.

    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

  12. *Great minds think alike, I guess! I was just stopping by to award you as well! I have really enjoyed reading your posts so I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog and Versatile Blogger awards. Come back to my site to pick up your awards!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

  13. I love these erasers. I have been using old socks but I like these better. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Hahaha I love that you did that!!!!!!!

  15. Those erasers are great! I was planning on buying some socks for next year. I am so glad I saw your post first. I am giving away a $20 TPT gift certificate. Come visit and enter to win! :)

    Delighted in Second


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