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My child-friendly sewing space

Hooray! The emails and letters are coming in… Asking for us (it’s a family affair around here) to register for various craft fairs 😊

It’s the motivation we needed to get back into sewing mode!

First– I had to move the sewing machines into a better place.  I have a super cute sewing corner – but there isn’t enough room for us all to sew at once! (click the picture to see the full post)

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So…. I moved the sewing area upstairs to the boys’ room!

(They happen to have the biggest room in the house – but they never play in there because they would rather jump on the living room couches!)



 
There is plenty of room for children to sew and create ❤️




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Sewing minecraft gifts

Minecraft is a favorite video game in our house and has been for years!

I can’t play it or even watch the screen for long because it makes me dizzy, but I do like that all the kids can play it at once!

I wanted to share two simple Minecraft themed sewing projects…

Minecraft Creeper Pillow – Easy

Supplies

  • Green material (I used fleece)
  • Black material (I used felt)
  • Chalk
  • Ruler or other straightedge
  • Needle
  • Thread (green and black)
  • Stuffing (you can reuse the stuffing inside an old pillow)
  • Sewing machine optional

Directions

  1. Cut the green material into two squares – size depends on how big/small you want the pillow to be
  2. Sew the squares together (inside out) leaving a hole a few inches wide
  3. Turn the pillow right side out
  4. Stuff the pillow
  5. Stitch the hole up with green thread
  6. Look at the creeper’s face (sorry I don’t have a template) and draw the eyes and mouth on the black material with chalk and ruler
  7. Cut out the eyes and mouth
  8. Hand stitch the eyes and mouth into the front of the pillow with black thread 

Ta-Da! Creeper Pillow finished 💚

Minecraft Doll- Intermediate

 

Supplies 

  • Green material (I used fleece)
  • Black material (I used felt)
  • Chalk
  • Ruler or other straightedge
  • Needle
  • Thread (green and black)
  • Stuffing (you can use the stuffing inside an old pillow)
  • Sewing machine optional

Directions

  1. Use the chalk and draw a human shape on the backside of the green material and cut it out (pin it together)
  2. Sew around doll (inside out) leaving a hole in the top of the head 
  3. Turn the doll right side out and stuff 
  4. Stitch up the hole in the head with green thread
  5. Use chalk and a ruler to draw the eyes and mouth on the black material
  6. Sew the eyes and mouth onto the doll face with black thread

Ta-Da the creeper doll is finished!!

Give as a gift or keep and play with!

The creeper doll makes a great reading buddy!

 

Draw your own playmat map

I just enjoyed a vacation with my family! It began about two weeks ago when I took a break from my phone which meant no blogging and very limited Facebook! This past week we went to a cabin in Ohio and enjoyed time with family and the great outdoors!

  
  

I packed activities for the kids to do for when we were just hanging around the cabin. 

My favorite art project was making our own playmat map… My daughter loved it and I enjoyed helping her!

  
It all started when I bought a racing playmat map from the thrift store for $3.

  
It was cute and clean, but since it had been washed, the foam backing was beginning to flake off.

  
Solution

I sewed an old white curtain to the back of the mat.  This protected the foam and created a blank canvas for our own map to be sewn on.    

 * I sewed the curtain on like you would sew a pillow together. Don’t do that! It have a nice edge and the white side layed flat, however the original car map side was lumpy!  Next time I would just sew the material flat into the backside and not worry about unfinished edges!

I gave Simone a pack of permanent markers and she let the creativity flow!

1. She drew a simple map on a piece of paper as a rough draft.

  

2. She got started by drawing with a black marker and then her and I would fill in the pictures with colors.

  

The playmat turned out so adorable!

  
The boys enjoyed driving their cars on the new mat, and Simone was excited to bring it home to play bunnies on it!

* maps could be drawn according to preference: dinosaurs, favorite cartoons, space, inside a house,

Reusable napkins on-the-go

Cloth napkins are easy to make and are very versitile! 

One of my first blog posts was about my cloth napkins in the kitchen! 

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Well, today, we went to the Botonical Gardens with part of my gigantic family… 

  
  
 
And I noticed my sister had reusable napkins in her diaper bag!

 
The cutest thing ever, though, was when her daughter showed me her napkin in her pocket!!

   

DIY – Camp Fire Pillow

Last year, my kids were really into playing house in the backyard.

 They set up all kinds of tent houses.

  

But- what they really wanted was a campfire!🔥

So… While they were playing nicely outside, I went to my sewing corner and made them a fire-pillow!!

It was their idea to use an old tire and grill-wire to form their own fire-pit!

How to make your own fire-pillow 🔥

Supplies:

  • Orange and black(ish) material

  • Different shades of orange, red and yellow felt

  • Stuffing

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Directions:

For the flames on top of the pillow

  1. Cut the orange and black material into same size rectangles (size depends on how big you want your fire)

  2. Cute the orange and yellow and red felt into different size strips 

  3. Sew the strips onto the orange material – 

  • smaller strips only need one side sewn down

  • Larger strips should be sewn so that they are looped high – like a flame (sew the ends close to each other)

Sewing the pillow together 

  1.  Put the orange and black  material together- right sides together (insideout)

  2. Sew around the edges, leaving a hike big enough to turn the pillow right side out

  3. Turn the pillow right side out

  4. Stuff the pillow

  5. Stitch up the hole on the side

  

Fluff up the flames and hand it to your children…

They will use their imaginations and find plenty of ways to play with it!!

* I hotglued a cotton ball to the end of a stick to make a marshmallow for roasting!

Thinking outside the Easter Basket

I could feel the panic begin to rise inside.

Today is Friday… and Easter is 2 days away.

What in the world was I going to do about Easter Baskets?

We all know I wasn’t about to go buy my kids candy and toys!

My mind has been thinking about this dilemma for a while… and I finally got my solution 🙂

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l sewed them each a draw string bag with their initial on it!

(My idea is that they can bring these bags to the park to fill with treasures like feathers and shells and rocks and sticks and flowers…)

I know that candy is a big deal… so they each get a bag of chocolate chunks.

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These are by far the BEST chocolates in the world! And they are super allergy friendly!!! No corn or gluten here 🙂

And of course we can’t forget…something vintage!

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I found these cool decks of cards at an estate sale.  They look super fun to play!!

I put their cards and chocolate in their bags and they look ready to give!

(I might put an Easter egg with a dollar in their bags too!)

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…And the family gift…

A vintage view master with plenty of slides – and – a projector with a screen!

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Fishing Vests from repurposed jean jackets

Last year I made my kids fishing vests.

There are lots of pockets to put found treasures.

I also attached various lures to be used.

The kids are all ready to go fishing…not that we ever catch anything – LOL!

The kids love their vests so much –  they wear them everywhere 🙂

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It was such a simple fun project and very cheap!

Jean jackets and jean shirts work great for this project.

There are plenty of ugly jackets from the 1980’s that need to be repurposed!

I used a hooded sweatshirt for my youngest so I could make it a bird vest.

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I cut the arms off the jackets/shirts.

I also cut pockets from old jeans.  I also made pockets using some netted material.

I cut their names out of felt and stitched around it on the back.

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I think their favorite part was having their vest personalized.