Another great creation that milo’s friend and I made last week when she was over. This was totally her idea. You can make a stuffed animal out of paper, who knew?! With a little assistance from an adult, its super fun for kids and it turned out really great. She made a teddy bear!
you will need:
Markers, crayons, paints or any other embellisments
Trace your animal on two sheets of paper and cut.
Draw a face or decorate to your liking one of the shapes.
Staple the edges closed, leaving a small space to fill with stuffing.
Fill with stuffing and staple clothes.
We looked after milo’s friend and his big sister on sunday for a bit – so I wanted to get some crafting in to keep her occupied. I showed her my pinterest boards and asked her to find something that looked fun – she loved the idea of making her own plushie, and decided that this is the one we would make.
We made ours out of felt, printed and cut all the pieces and sewed away. She was big help with cutting and trimming, while I did all the major sewing. She was so tickled with her pink raccoon and couldn’t believe we made our own stuffed animal! It took us a little less than two hours start to finish. I think hes rather cute, don’t you?!
Pattern and instructions found here.
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Earlier this summer, while cleaning out our grandfather’s house – we found these quilts that our great grandmother had made. Quite a few of them actually. Alot of them were tattered and stained, but I couldn’t stand just throwing away something so old and something that so much hard work went into. So I took them and told the family that I would turn them into pillowcases, with the good parts, so that we can all have a piece of her quilts.
I created a simple pillow case with a zipper at the bottom. I plan to mail these to family across the country, so this will make it easy to throw in an envelope and they can stuff a pillow into them when they get them.
I was able to make four pillows from one quilt. I still have three more quilts to go!
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I made this little guy using the leftover fleece I bought for milo’s halloween costume.
And I have so much ribbon laying around from my card-making days.
After I was done I wanted to make a ton more! Its was really easy and super fun. And sewing with that microfleece is like butt-a! I have a little more left, so I’m going to figure out something else to make with it. This might just be my g0-to baby gift for the future…
I found the tutorial and pattern here. The only thing I would do different next time is make the ribbon a little shorter. She suggests 6 inches; i made mine 5 and they were still a little long when i folded them over… But otherwise I think it turned out really cute!
Fourth of july is THIS WEEK! what?!!! How did that happen? We have plans to check our our neighborhood parade, so I whipped up this fun little wand for milo to wave around.
And added bonus – after the holiday use it as a cat toy :)
You will need:
1/4 inch dowel rods
red white and blue thin ribbon
Cut your ribbon to size. You want them to be nice and long so when you wave the wand they twirl around.
Screw your hook into the top of the dowel rod.
Loop your ribbon through the screw hook and tie.
if you are looking for another fun craft for fourth of july – Dont forget about these fun windsocks!
Milo was recently gifted with a set of watercolor paints from a friend in his class. It has been really wierd, rainy weather here as of late, so i have been looking for something to do with these watercolors, especially since the last time, milo did so great with them. I came across this idea on pinterest.
Basically all you have to do is trace a round item, like a cup or a glass with the black watercolor paint. It doesn’t have to be perfect – thats the beauty of watercolor paints!
Let it dry and then go to town painting the circles. I encouraged milo to experiment with blending the colors. I also suggested painting the background but he said “that would be too hard for him.” so we stopped after all the circles. Mine is the to the left and his was to the right. It was really fun! Once again, he did a great job with the painting!
Remember last year when I whipped up this baby blanket? Shortly aftewards I started working on an adult sized one. I actually finished this months ago, but have yet to get around to getting it up on the blog. I still have to do some edging to it, but its done and has been sitting on our couch and getting some use.
For this throw, I used bernat waverly yarn, and about 10 skeins of it.
My little guy just turned five. I know were probably still a ways off, but I whipped him up a little tooth fairy pillow following this tutorial.
Instead of a fat quarter, I used an old sweater. So its kinda lumpy and a little messy – but I asked milo if i should redo it and he said “no! I love it!” soooo, messy and lumpy toothfairy pillow it is!
This is a really easy project that can come together fairly quickly. However, trying to explain the concept of how the tooth fairy works to a five year old proved to be a little tricky. He just wasn’t really understanding HOW the tooth fairy will know that his tooth is in that pillow. And where should he leave the pillow?! And how much money does the tooth fairy leave? Does she leave presents? I think i have some time to do my tooth fairy training, but in the meantime, we have the pillow situation covered.
Milo’s birthday was earlier this month – and we made some lego crayons to go into the lego goodie bags i created for the kiddos. As you can probably guess, Milo is REALLY into legos.
This is a super easy project that uses up all those cracked, broken, old crayons you might have laying around. They are fun to make solid colored, or use hues of the same color and make a multi colored crayon.
heres what you need
Silicone Mold (I bought mine these on amazon!)
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.
Use an exacto knife and slice the wrapper off your crayons. Break the crayons into small pieces. Fill the silicone molds as much as possible, Place mold on a cookie sheet to avoid spilling when you take them out, then bake for 15-20 minutes. Take these out of the oven very carefully, as they will be all liquid at this point. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes until starting to set, then put into the freezer for about 10 minutes. Once completely cooled, remove from the tray.
Be careful when
I took a stab at using some fabric scraps to make these simple potholders. It was pretty easy, and took almost no time to complete! you will need:
fabric, 2 pieces cut 10×10 inches, and a little more for the strap
1. Cut two fabric square pieces 10 inches by 10 inches.
2. Cut two or three batting pieces depending on their thickness , 10 inches by 10 inches.
3. Cut one strap 10 inches by 2 1/2 inches.
4. Lay your strap flat, right side down on ironing board. Fold over the edges a bit and iron flat. Fold piece in half and sew seam.
5. Attach the batting pieces to the WRONG side of one of the fabric pieces.
7. Take the strap and lay it on the RIGHT side of the fabric piece in the top left corner.
8. Now lay the other piece of fabric on top of the fabric piece with the strap on it.
9. Pin all the layers together.
10. Sew all of the layers together with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-3 inch opening on one of the sides.
11. Trim the corner edges of the potholder.
13. Pull the potholder through the gap you left unsewn. Pop out your corners of the potholder.
14. Iron the potholder flat, ironing the little gap closed.
15. Topstitch around the potholder edges with a1/4 inch seam allowance, sewing the gap shut.
15. Draw straight lines in both directions on the potholder with chalk or a pencil. Make them evenly spaced, about 2 inches apart. Stitch on the lines, quilting the potholder.