My lovely little thing turned 5 yesterday. FIVE! Five years on the planet. Five years of being a mum. Five years since a labour that wrecked my body forever. Only five little rainbow years. She was very excited about the whole thing, about going to school and having everyone sing the birthday song, about being able to wear her sparkly shoes and about putting on her birthday badge and erm…. hang on, what now? Birthday badge??
Today this little rabbit turns three and to celebrate she really wanted a Peter Rabbit party and, more importantly, Peter Rabbit cake. So we’ve been knee deep in rabbits and carrots for a few weeks now. To complete her outfit we teamed up with Ladybird Books and made these easy sew felt rabbit ears. They’re simple enough to make in half an hour, making them a great last minute make for keen bunnies.
We’ve just done a guest post for our lovely friend Jess over at Let’s Do Something Crafty – a fab blog with loads of cool kids crafts and lots of lovely crochet projects. This easy felt rainbow purse is perfect for pennies when you play shops. Which, in our houses seems to be every day. Every opportunity. There are only so many ways you can sell a toy turnip!
I seem to have fallen into a slightly chaotic time at the moment, with moving house, the blog and lots of other projects we’re getting involved with. Everything feels like a big ball of tangled up wool and both me and Laura have been feeling a bit stressed! I haven’t really had a lot of time for craft, and definitely not enough time for long and complicated things. I’m all about things that take under half an hour!
We’re really excited to be in August’s issue of Docrafts Creativity Magazine. They interviewed us about blogging and crafting and featured an alien book bag we made for them. We thought we’d share how to make the bag with you.
You will need:
- 3 A4 pieces of felt in 3 colours
- Square of fabric for pocket
- Mini pom poms
- Scrap of felt
- 2 X large googly eyes
- Embroidery thread
- Strong glue
- Begin by cutting out all your bag pieces:
- Front & back piece: A4 size piece of felt
- Side & bottom panels: 5cm wide x length of A4
- Handles: 3.5cm wide by length of A4. Cut four handles out of two colours
2. Follow our tutorial to stitch the bag together.
In the run-up to giving birth, some people let their nesting instincts run wild by cleaning the house from top to bottom, over and over. But before the recent arrival of our son, I think I went a little craft crazy – as well as trying to finish off all my existing projects, I decided it would be an excellent time to make something really intricate and completely new to me!
My Little Button is really into shopping at the moment. When she’s at home she likes to fill up little paper bags with objects and then show me what she ‘bought’ at the shops. So I decided to make her a personalised felt shopping bag in which to store all her ‘purchases’. I’m not sure it really counts as a ‘bag for life’ but it’s a step in the right direction, and it will definitely do her until she gets a new obsession!
I wanted to make something for the new arrival that might help him sleep (fingers crossed!). When Harper was a baby we had a toy with a musical box inside that seemed to work a treat. That toy became really tatty, so I decided to salvage the musical part of it and make a new one for the baby. This toy could alternatively be turned into a rattle if finding a musical box part is tricky.
Is it okay to be in Christmas mode yet? We couldn’t wait any longer! We decided to make a little Advent Garland for the Hobbycraft Blog – 24 little stockings and mittens that can be filled with goodies in the lead up to Christmas. It’s really easy to make but bear in mind that you do need to make twenty four! So it takes a little time.
There’s a big pinwheel obsession going on in our household right now. Whilst playing around making paper wheels in the garden, I realised it would be just as easy to make a felt version that would make an awesome hairclip (/brooch/hairband/hatpin/keyring..?). This is a great one if you only have a short space of time and requires very little equipment. I didn’t have a hairclip base so I ripped an ugly one apart. Very satisfying!
Remember Fuzzy Felt?! Hours of fun (ok, maybe not quite hours) sticking little felt people and shapes onto boards to make pictures. My toddler has reached an age now when all she wants to do is make/paint/build/destroy stuff. That’s where we are at the moment. So I thought I would have a go at making my own fuzzy felt activity board. Amelie loves it, and the best thing is that its mess free!
I don’t know about you, but I find that the only hair clips available to buy for toddlers are pretty hideous. Pink fairies, glittery flowers and gross plastic hearts. But its easy to make your own and it takes all of about ten minutes. I was only going to make a couple but I got a bit addicted and ended up making 7.
This Nap Time Craft is to make a feely cube as a baby toy. The cube is soft for babies to hold and contains bells to rattle.
For this project you will need:
- Six squares of fabric
- Scraps of felt for numbers
- Sewing machine
- Embroidery pins
- Toy stuffing
- Needle and thread
Begin by cutting out the numbers 1 to 6 in different coloured felt. Pin them onto the squares of fabric. Sew them onto the squares using a sewing machine.
Halloween is scarily close. If you’re in need of a simple costume that gives a nod to Fright Night then try today’s Nap Time Craft.
For this project you will need:
- 1 sheet of orange felt
- Embroidery thread in yellow, black and green
- Needle, scissors & a pencil
- Orange thin elastic
- Embroidery pins
Begin by drawing two pumpkin shapes of the same size onto the felt. Cut them out along with a small rectangular piece for the backing.
Two months ago our black cat, Treacle, went missing. We thought she’d found a loving new home and was enjoying cream and napping on a old dear’s lap. We were so shocked when she came wandering back last week looking very frail but ok. The most surprised of us all was Little Button.
She’d been quite used to conversing with our other black cat, Tumble, and can’t quite work out that we have two of these creatures. In honour of Treacle’s return I made a cat-shaped rattle for Little Button to stroke and play with as she’s not quite mastered the art of gentle yet.