Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween Bunting

Just in time for Halloween, I've managed to finish this bunting!

I started off cutting triangles and then decided it might be nice to add a little detail to some of the flags rather than have them plain, so added a couple of spiders, pumpkins and ghosts which I cut and stitched from felt.

The spider web fabric is glow in the dark for extra spookiness.....
woo -hoo.....

Happy Halloween!!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Teddy or Dolly Nappies

My little one is a typical boy - into cars and football and even though I offer lots of different learning and play opportunities, these are definite favourites that he goes back to time and time again.

He also loves his soft toys and is just getting to the stage of role playing and showing teddy and monkey what's going on around him as well as making them talk and wave.

A while ago I posted a Bed for Ted which was pink and lovely and went to a cousin's little one for Christmas, so I've done the same again for Ted but it's neutral this time and not so girly.....I'll post it soon!

To go along with Ted's new bed covers I've made him a couple of nappies - it could be the start of a whole new dressing up wardrobe!

I made my own pattern template (there are some available online too) and used bright cotton fabrics with white toweling and they fasten with a little Velcro.  

You can honestly make them in minutes and they are such fun! 

The paper pattern I made was made to fit Teddy so you will need to adjust the size to suit your dolly or teddy.

Here is a quick how-to guide if you want to make your own......

Stitch the pieces together,
leaving a gap big enough
to turn it all back through.

Turn through and press

Cut 1 piece of fabric on the fold and 1 piece of toweling on the fold.

Trim the edges and corners and then turn through.

Press with an iron and then stitch on the Velcro fastenings.

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Stitch on the Velcro
Fasten up!  The completed nappy.  
Make in different fabrics

Teddy in his comfy nappy!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Creepy Sensory Ice

This week we had fun watching the ice melt as we tried to get the spooky confetti and bugs out of the ice, super easy and lots of fun!

Fill an ice tray with spooky bits and water -
food colouring and glitter is optional

When frozen, tip out the ice into a tray.

Spooky, icy, sensory fun!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Pretty Hanging Hearts

It seems like ages since I made something a bit girly and I miss pink, pastels and lace!

I've made similar hearts to these many, many times - in fact pretty much every year for the last few years for our little family Christmas craft-fair-get-together.

I had planned to use Christmas fabrics and then decided white would be nice for a change with a little bit of colour detail.

They're just decorative, hanging hearts but in the past I have filled them with lavender so they smell lovely too.

If you want to make one, just cut a heart shape the size you would like the finished heart to be and then add a seam allowance all the way around - about 0.5-0.75cm is enough.

Now cut two hearts from your chosen fabric and then stitch any detail (fabric, buttons, lace) to the right side of one of the hearts.  

Now put right sides together and stitch all the way around, joining the hearts together, leaving a gap big enough to turn the heart through.

Fill with toy stuffing and then hand stitch the opening closed and then sew on a ribbon loop.

Hope you like!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pumpkin Finger Puppets

Firstly thank you to Twodaloo for this idea that I found on Pinterest, or maybe it was Facebook, but wherever I came across it, I've been meaning to make these little cuties since last Halloween so when my little one came home from playgroup with the 5 Little Pumpkins rhyme I was determined to make them this year!  

Here's the rhyme....

Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “oh my it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “there are witches in the air!”
The third one said, “but we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “we’re ready for some fun.”
Ooooh went the wind and out went the light.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Here's the link to Twodaloo on how to make them......  Felt Pumpkin Finger Puppets

I used Twodaloo's idea to make my own puppets but stitched them by hand instead of machine because sometimes it's just nice to do a little hand sewing in front of the TV at night.

If you want to make them, you'll need black, orange and a little green felt and I added the gate with some white felt.

Although they are actually finger puppets and can be used as such, I set them up on our felt board and created a little Autumn scene too - just to add to the creative fun.  

Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Playdough Apples

Our leaves and apples from the garden
It's been a lovely summer and the sun and warmth were still with us until today when it turned a bit more chilly.

That didn't stop us from getting out into the garden to collect a few colourful leaves and collect the last of the apples from our little tree.

Our apples and leaves alongside
our playdough version

So as well as tucking into the apples, we decided to have a go at making some bright red playdough and turn it into another little basket of apples.  

Here they are!

We just used our usual playdough recipe (below if you want to try it) and then I coloured a couple of playsticks with a brown Sharpie and then cut some leaves from foam. 

You could of course use real leaves and sticks if you preferred.

Playdough Recipe
1 cup plain flour
half a cup of salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
food colouring