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.