Badge Help – Pen & Paper #17

Occasionally, when looking at a badge requirement, you will find that you have completed it (or part of it) without realizing that you have. Using construction paper and a sewing machine, you can create a garland to match any theme.

This month I am focusing on the Pen and Paper Badge.  Requirement #17 says to make decorations for a party or troop activity using paper.  A few years back, our Pioneer Unit hosted a baby shower for one of the troop leaders.  The paper products they found had pink and blue polka dots on them, but they could not find any decorations they liked to match, so we got creative and made our own.

Construction paper
1.5 inch circle punch
Sewing machine
White thread

Step 1: Using the circle punch they punched out a bunch of circles.

Step 2:  We set up the sewing machine with white thread. Using a straight stitch we sewed the dots together.  To create the space between them, we kept our foot on the peddle and let it run while between pieces of paper.

Step 3: Hang them and enjoy.

With a little bit of creativity, the options are limitless; red and green for Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s Day, stars for the fourth of July… you get the idea.

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.


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