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biodegradable botany, and seeds insha’allah

Salaam alaikum sisters
I bought these biodegradable pots and soil, and beans/seeds and ds and I plated them this afternoon. In the morning I will take them outside inshaAllah and bring them in at night. He did most of the work himself alhamdulillah, pouring in the soil with a spoon, planting the seed, more soil on top, and then he watered them. There are sticks in three of them, those are black eyed beans and the others are adouki beans i think they are called. Apparently, what I didnt know before, is that lima beans are suppose to grow faster but, alhamdulillah, we will have to be patient. Although we did so many pots, I still had ds place a bunch of black eyes in a wet paper towel inside a clear zip bag just so we can watch the roots grow inshaAllah and make comparisons and contrasts; i.e how a seed grows within soil and without, the root systems, etc. I am also going to get him to journal about botany insha’Allah. I will make another post with links to those pages click here, enjoy!

   

The Islamic poem I editted to go with the class: The Little Plant and Al-Khaliq

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make a dress for your daughter inshaAllah…

Salaasm alaikum sisters,

Okay, astughfirullah I dont like to throw things away so this type of thing comes in handy alhamdulillah… here is a DIY for making your daughter a dress out of your husbands, son’s or your own unwanted shirt inshaAllah…

sewingpattern (pdf file)

Step 1

Print pattern pieces; tape together, and cut out. Lay shirt flat, and trace pattern with disappearing-ink pen, following the higher neckline. Cut out; you will have a front and back piece. Trim the front neckline as shown on pattern. Trim the dress length if desired.

Step 2

Pin front and back pieces together, right sides facing, and sew along shoulders, under arms, and down sides, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Notch under the arms. Press seams open with iron. Finish seams with pinking shears or a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. If you shortened the length, finish the edge with a double hem: Fold the unfinished edge over 1/4 inch. Press, then fold over 1/4 inch, and press again; pin, and edge-stitch.

Step 3

Turn dress right side out. Fold a 16-inch length of bias tape over neckline; pin, turning under 1/2 inch at each end. Stitch tape 1/8 inch from the edge. To make a tie, cut a 22-inch piece of bias tape. Fold in half, right sides facing, so long edges meet, and stitch with a 1/8-inch seam allowance; use the loop turner to turn it right side out. Cut a slit in bias tape to the left of the button placket; attach a safety pin to the tie, and thread all the way through neckline, starting at the slit you just made.

*note: Here I myself would just fold ribbon over the edges of the sleeves and neckline and sew, as I like it this way as well and I never heard of bias tape in my life but for those of you who want to go all-out and finish the rest, go ahead inshaAllah.

Step 4

Fold an 11-inch length of bias tape around each sleeve opening, turning under 1/2 inch at each end, and pin. Stitch 1/8 inch from the edge, leaving an opening where the tape meets at the base of the sleeve opening. To cinch the sleeves, attach a safety pin to an 11-inch length of elastic and thread through the tape; cinch slightly. Trim elastic so the ends overlap 1/2 inch, and stitch. Hand-sew opening shut.

The blue dress below is from the tutorial, our dear sister at handmade beginnings made the purple dress for her daughter using the same pattern mashaAllah and dying the dress… you can find it here.

works cited: thank you to marthastewart.com and our dear sister from handmade beginnings.

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