World Book Day: Cat In The Hat Costume

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“you find magic wherever you look. sit back and relax. all you need is a book” – Dr. Seuss

World Book Day is just round the corner. To get ready and not have a last minute costume panic (!) we made this Cat in the Hat outfit. It’s no-sew and can be made in half an hour with basic materials, which makes it a win in our books! Print out the handy template for the cat’s bow and follow the simple steps shown in our video tutorial.

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Heart Shoulder Bag for Brother Sewing

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Our friends over at Brother Sewing asked us to sew something for Valentines, so we thought we’d whip up this little heart shoulder bag. We’ve made it from canvas cotton but it can be made from any fabric as long as it is relatively thick. We sewed the bag and purse together using a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance.

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Mini Clay Pins

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I was sitting at my desk this week making a little polymer clay monster – usual Tuesday. I finished my monster and decided to make a few more things – I used to love polymer clay when I was a kid and I would make tons of miniature items for my dolls house. I could spend a whole day making crap out of fimo without a care in the world! So that’s what I did on Tuesday. I used up all my valuable child-free hours making crap out of fimo. And now you can too!

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DIY Art Smock

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Ok, so I made this vinyl art smock for Harper about a year ago, as she’d been given an easel for previous birthday… then I lost it somewhere in one of the many piles of fabric I have. Approximately nine months later, it turns up, only for Harper to have outgrown it. So we decided the perfect recipient for this apron was the next youngest Little Button, who also happens to love painting.

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Mini Makers: Pipe Cleaner Necklaces

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We went to a birthday party recently that had a bouncy castle and a craft table – so it was basically the kids’ party of dreams! I headed straight over to the craft table whilst the kids went for a bounce, and there was a four-year-old girl busily making a creation out of pipe cleaners and feathers. Turns out she was making a necklace, which I thought was the cleverest idea I’d ever heard! When we got home later, Harper and I had a go at making them ourselves. We even added a velcro fastening to our necklaces so they can easily be removed… so I didn’t totally steal a small girl’s idea, honest!

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Hedgehog Pillow

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My lovely friend Jess had a baby a little while back, so I thought I’d make him a little something. Seen as her little lovely’s middle name is spike… a hedgehog seemed the obvious answer! Look how totally adorable he is, makes my heart go a bit wobbly.

You will need:

  • 1/4m teal cotton canvas
  • 1/4m orange cotton canvas
  • brown embroidery thread
  • toy stuffing
  • template

1. Cut the templates out from the pdf attached. Cut 2 body pieces from the teal canvas. From the orange cut  2 head pieces and 4 ear pieces.

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Embroidered Crown

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For Grayson’s birthday I made him a felt crown and he absolutely hated it! He wore it for a matter of minutes whilst opening presents before he realised it was on his head, then whipped it off and said ‘yuck!’. He’s a tough critic!

On the bright side, Harper thought it was super and has requested one for her birthday in March. As I mainly stitched the crown by hand, I managed to get it done in front of the TV over Christmas. I do love a craft I can do in front of the Netflix on the laptop.

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Make your own Footstool

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So I made a little footstool last week. My first attempt at furniture! I love it too, although I wouldn’t risk standing on it… it has just a teeniest bit of a wonk. This was orginally meant to be a quick upcycle project from a stool I already had. But as I was hacking the upholstery off the original I accidentally hacked it to pieces. The legs snapped, the base snapped. It was a quality product.  So all I ended up using was the foam. You could, however, attempt your own upcycle if you think you could do it without destroyed a perfectly good stool just for a piece of foam!

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Mini Makers: Glitter Thank You Cards

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We’re still at the stage with Harper where we have to remind her to say “please” and “thank you” from time to time. So after receiving a lovely bunch of Christmas gifts, we wanted to make sure we got our thank you cards out without delay. Because Harper loves glitter, and because she had enjoyed making some glittery Christmas tree decorations, we decided to have one more go using the sparkly stuff for this really simple craft project.

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Mini Makers: 3 Quick Christmas Makes

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Yes, we do look ridiculous. It’s the one look we can pull off. But it’s nearly Christmas and we’re all getting super excited. If you’re looking for festive ways to entertain the kiddies then we’ve got three really simple makes that will keep them entertained till the Big Day.

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Festive Pom Pom Packaging

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Last week over on our Instagram, I was gleefully kicking my heels together and saying I’d finished my Christmas shopping. I also vowed that I was not going back into town even if I’d forgotten something vital. Well, guess what… after batteries I’d forgotten probably the most vital past to Christmas presents – the gift tags, trimmings and wrapping paper.

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Mini Makers: Winter Pomander

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Our publishers, GMC Publications have been doing an advent giveaway over on their Twitter account and have been giving away extracts from their books and today it’s our turn! Our book, The Big Book of 100 Little Activities, has a few quick festive projects in it. This winter pomander reminds us of our childhood and we love the festive smell.

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Life in Pictures: Winter Wonderland Fun*

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*Like, fun-ish.

On Saturday we decided to head up to Hyde Park and go to Winter Wonderland with the kids for a Christmas treat (using the word treat quite loosely here). Back in the day, before I had my little rotters, I used to go every year with my good friend Rach. We would drink copious amounts of mulled wine, giggle and stuff our faces with crepes. It was bliss. Now… it’s different. We did have a lovely time, and the kids enjoyed it. But MY GOD was it rammed. Winter Wonderland is now one huge crowd of people shuffling round trying to get to the nearest ride. I mean, it was clearly the busiest day to go and maybe we were slightly idiotic to choose the last Saturday before Christmas. But it was a bit chaotic. It’s also basically just a gigantuous fun fair, and not a lot more. So if you’re planning on going, erm, well maybe think about whether you love crowds a little before. That’s my advice!

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Giant Snowman Fuzzy Felt

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knock knock knock Do you wanna build a snowman?! After “is it dinner time?” this is the most popular question in my household. After seeing this fantastic giant fuzzy felt creation by the talented Crafted by Jen (this lady is my craft crush!) it gave me the idea to create a festive fuzzy felt activity, and scratch Harper’s itch to build a snowman (you have all seen Frozen, right?). This project is simple to make and a good use of odd scraps of felt and trimmings.

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Christmas Hand Puppets

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Nine sleeps people. NINE SLEEPS!!! If you’re anything like us, this knowledge will fill you with a mixture of dread and delight. All rolled up into one happy bauble. So you probably don’t have a lot of time for crafting right now, but we thought we’d slot in one more because these little festive puppets don’t take long and will make little hands very happy. The lovely folks over at Brother Sewing asked us to make something that kids would love at Christmas, so we thought this little Rudolph and Santa would be the perfect thing.

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