Have you ever tried turning your children’s art into a keepsake ragdoll? I think it’s such a special way to capture their drawings and turn them into something they can play with now, and keep as they grow older. And it’s very easy to do.
As each new season arrives I look forward to the time when we take out the box of decorations to match the new celebrations. This weekend our Easter box came down and we took out our heirloom Easter eggs ready to decorate our Easter tree.
Easter represents new life and these decorations remind me each year of when my own little chicks were born, because they are made from some of the girls’ baby clothes. The colours and motifs on their babygrows and little dresses seemed such a good match to the theme of Easter that we used them to sew a set of decorations. Here’s how we made them.
How to make Heirloom Easter Eggs [Read more…]
This week we’re going on a nature scavenger hunt to see what autumn treasures we can find. But where do we carry all our finds? I bet those of you with prams and buggies are finding the basket and folds of the hood filling up with leaves and conkers at this time of year. Our buggy days are long gone, and it seems my handbag is now the ‘carry all’ place to stash whatever we pick up along the way. Hmmmm. Time to change that, with a fun craft thrown in.
How to make a simple bag for autumn treasure hunting
We’re using two sheets of laminated paper threaded together to make our bag. If you don’t have access to a laminator then contact paper / sticky backed plastic would work as well and if there’s no sign of rain some thick card could work too .
We started by marking each child’s initial with tape in the centre of one of their pieces of paper. You can make the bag portrait or landscape to suit the size of your child. Then it was time to get messy. By special request [Read more…]
Although she’d love to know how to knit like her big sister can, co-ordinating those needles and the wool is just that bit too tricky for L at the age of five. Finger knitting is a different matter though – she’s a whizz.
Do you know how to finger knit? It’s a great way to introduce knitting to children as it’s easy to do and gets results they can use and play with very quickly. It’s a great fine-motor workout and also a good on-the-go activity as you can stash a ball of wool in your bag, with no need to worry about pointy needles, and get knitting while you wait in the doctor’s surgery, keeping the kids sitting still and busy at the same time. It’s also rather addictive. Every teddy in the house is getting a winter scarf at the moment – and we have some other finger knitting craft ideas on the way for your soon.
How to finger knit
Here’s how to finger knit, with a vlog at the end with footage of L in action. [Read more…]
We were inspired by Megan and her daughter over at Sorta Crunchy to have a go at a simple sewing project this week, to see if we could make a doll. We’ve tried embroidery before and made some stitched bookmarks but this was a little more adventurous for us – and I think it turned out great! (She’s called Ruby by the way.)
Megan made some wonderful toys with her daughter – do hop over and see how they made theirs as their technique is great for capturing some kid’s art as well as sewing. But my girls did not want to do any sketching – they wanted to get straight to the material! So here’s what we did to make a doll. [Read more…]
My oldest daughter loves crafts (would you have guessed?) so, when she was 7 earlier in the year, we wanted to get her a birthday present that would encourage her creativity. We have paint, card, glitter and crayons galore so I was stuck for what to get her. And then I saw an idea over at maya *made on embroidery for children and knew a sewing and embroidery basket would be the perfect present for Big. I bought a woven basket and filled it with some of the things suggested by maya to give Big all she needed to get started. (You should pop over to read maya’s post for a great guide on what to include and how to get started.)
This weekend she tried it for the first time, and here are the results. Do you like them? I threaded the needle for her as the thread was quite thick and also tied a knot to get her started – everything else is all her own work.
That ‘m’ is for Mummy – she’s a sweetie.
And this is a portrait of our cat, drawn first with a pencil and then stiched on top.
She’s so pleased with what she’s made and has plans to make lots more to give away as gifts.
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