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From: Mom of Six
Date: 07-18-2007, 03:46 PM (1 of 8)
I promised Dd I would make a parachute for our family reunion. The original plan was just to hem a piece of nylon fabric that I have & add some simple handles. I am now thinking I would like to do triangles & make a bigger more circular (like a real parachute) one. Would it work if I added fun panels of cotton prints? I do have some mesh I thought I might add as a center circle. My plan is to work on this tomorrow as long as it takes.
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User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-18-2007, 04:30 PM (2 of 8)
You're not jumping out of a plane with this thing are you?
I always say let the hubby take a test run -- or in this case leap -- first.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 07-18-2007, 04:36 PM (3 of 8)
NO jumping!! They use them in school with the kids to play cooperitive games. They put different colored & sizes of balls on top & they need to work together to keep their teams on & knock the other teams off. They also play games where certain people have to try to run or crawl under before they get trapped. We have a few teachers in the family who love to organize these games with the kids but no one has a parachute.
Last time they played with a tarp but it didn't have enough air flow through the fabric to work for some of the games.
I hope I explained it well enough.
Here is a picture of one to buy.
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User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: siwian
Date: 07-18-2007, 06:12 PM (4 of 8)
I think the cotton panels would work. There would still be enough air flow to make the parachute ripple. A round shape would definitely work better for the ball games.
User: siwian
Member since: 12-27-2001
Total posts: 114
From: Mom of Six
Date: 07-22-2007, 07:29 PM (5 of 8)
Here are some pictures @ the reunion of the kids playing with the parachute. I didn't get a picture of it by itself. I will try to do that tomorrow.
They had fun but it really needed to be bigger. I might try another one before DH family reunion at the end of August. The cotton worked fine. As you all know I don't have a shortage of fabric to use up.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: AndreaSews
Date: 07-22-2007, 08:53 PM (6 of 8)
Thanks for showing us how it came out. I love the mix of prints!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: grandma C
Date: 07-22-2007, 11:22 PM (7 of 8)
I'd love a closer look and a little more info. Sounds great for family gatherings!!!
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: Judi
Date: 07-23-2007, 01:41 AM (8 of 8)
Fun bright cotton prints would go well with some solid nylon triangles. If you decide to round off the outer edges that would work too.

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User: Judi
Member since: 06-22-2000
Total posts: 85
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