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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Kids

December 13, 2011 - Filed under Children, Christmas, How-to, Patterns

Why not skip the expensive, battery operated, mass-produced plastic toys this year, in favor of something more unique and personal. Handmade toys are a great way to encourage creativity and activate your children’s imagination. These great ideas are inexpensive and easy to make, plus they’re sure to provide hours of entertainment.

Handmade Gifts For Kids

1. Felt Alphabet Letters: Help your little ones learn there ABCs with some cute felt letters.

2. Homemade Play Dough: Create a rainbow of colors and watch your children’s imagination run wild with this easy to make play dough. This is also an easy project to do with young kids and would make a great gift for their little friends.

3. Crayon Art Folio: Perfect for that budding artist on the go!

4. Car Caddy: Another great gift for little one’s on the go, that also helps encourage them to pick up their toys so you’re not stepping on them.

5. Felt Tool Box: Put your little helper to work on the home repairs with their very own tool set.

6. Molded Crayons: These fun crayons can been made is any shape or size, all you need are some fun molds and a bunch of crayons. How about spacemen & rockets or ballerinas and zoo animals.

7. Felt Stuffed Animals: Who wouldn’t love a cute and cuddly little friend for the holidays?

8. Snowman Kit: This is such a cute idea for little ones who love to play in the snow.

9. Painted Wooden Blocks: Build em up and knock em down. Your kids will have endless hours of fun, and may even learn to spell.

10. Fort Kit: I love this idea. This kit includes everything you need to build a fort, like sheets, close pegs, suction cups, rope and even a flashlight for when it’s all built. Perfect rainy day fun!

11. Buttoned Baby Boots: Help keep those little toes warm this winter, with this adorable little baby boot pattern.

Posted by: kelly

Handmade Gift Ideas: For Her

December 9, 2011 - Filed under Acccessories, Christmas, How-to, Jewelry, Kniting, Patterns, Sewing

December is officially in full swing, and it’s time to start talking gift ideas! First up in our handmade gift ideas series are gifts for her! Whether that’s your mom, or your sister, your girlfriend or your bestie. We’ve put together a list of easy gift ideas you can make yourself that are sure to impress any woman on your list.

Handmade Gifts For Her

1. Personalized Coffee Sleves: Cute and reversible, the perfect gift for your coffee loving bestie!

2. Rosette Bracelet: A great accessory to dress up jeans or any outfit for your fashionista friend.

3. Stamped Metal Jewelry: A crafty yet stylish way to express yourself, and your friendship.

4. Handmade Lip Balm: Got lots of girlfriends on your list? Lip balm is an inexpensive gift you can make in bulk.

5. Homemade Bath Salts: What girl wouldn’t love some homemade bath salts to help unwind after a busy holiday season.

6. Stenciled Mugs: Dress up plain dishware to reflect your friend’s style and color pallet.

7. Monogrammed Tote Bag: Encourage your family and friends to say goodbye to plastic with this personalized tote bag.

8. Knit Cowl: Spread the love, and warmth this year with a cozy knit cowl.

9. Matching Apron & Tea Towels: Got a foodie on your list? Why not make them an apron with matching tea towels. Check out this screen printing how to.

10. Ruffled Throw: Give someone a bedroom makeover with this unique ruffled throw.

11. Spoon Rings: Looking for a way to recycle extra silverware? How about turning them into rings?

12. Paperclip Earrings: Super simple and super cheap, these paperclip earrings are also super cute.

13. Fabric Clutch: A girl can never have too many handbags, and this easy to sew fabric clutch is no exception.

Posted by: kelly

Happy Sew Lucky – DIY Sewing Kits

December 13, 2010 - Filed under Children, Patterns, Sewing

I’m so excited to finally be able to tell you all about Happy Sew Lucky, a new Vancouver business, run by local designer and friend Berene Campbell. Launched a little over a month ago, Happy Sew Lucky is a labour of love that’s been in the making for the past year. These adorable DIY kits are all designed by Berene herself, hand cut, and packed with the help of some very supportive friends and family.

Due to my crazy travel schedule these days, I wasn’t able to try out one of the kits myself, but instead I enlisted the help of one of my good friends, who also happens to be a new mom, and has just gotten her first sewing machine. Laura graciously agreed to give one of these kits a go and document her experience.

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I was both excited and nervous to have the project of making Happy Sew Lucky’s Minky Cat. Excited because it’s a super cute design made from soft 100% organic cotton and nervous because my sewing expertise to date involved hemming some curtains and inventing a Halloween costume for my daughter. I had never used a pattern before. Fortunately the instructions were very well written and easy to follow. I made sure I had everything in order, took a deep breath and began.

It was confidence building to start with the section of the project I was pretty sure I couldn’t mess up – ironing part of the pattern onto the fusable batting. Then once I had all of the small pieces cut out it was time to sew them together. For me this was the trickiest part because of the tight corners. What was nice about the instructions is that they very honestly mentioned this part is tricky and offered some advice. I found that even though my corners weren’t the most perfect the design of Minky is quite forgiving. Once I had all the pieces sewn together and the right way out, any slightly off course stitching didn’t seem too obvious!

Attaching Minky’s ears, legs, arms and tail was a little more complicated but once again the instructions helped keep me on track. I did manage to sew Minky’s ears on back to front (sorry Minky!) but I am going to put that down to sleep deprivation because the instructions and diagram really were excellent.

The final part of hand sewing Minky’s head to her body was a little finicky but even with my limited sewing experience I triumphed. The end result was a Minky Cat that I proudly compared to the photo on the packaging and found a close likeness (minus the back to front ears!).

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– For more information on Happy Sew Lucky Kits, including where to buy, check out the website!

Posted by: kelly

Bicycle Bucket & Fun Stuff for Those ‘On-the-Go’

July 5, 2010 - Filed under Children, Patterns, Sewing

Bike Bucket Tutorial

If you’re kids enjoy spending all day riding around on bikes then this is the project for you. A cute little fabric bicycle bucket for their handle bars. They can use it to store all their favorite treats and treasures as they spend their summer days exploring the neighborhood.

And while you’re at it… why not make a few cute things to help fill the bucket?

Summer Toys

You could pack them a picnic lunch with a reusable sandwich wrap, snack bag and water bottle holder. Or how about some fun things to play with? Make your own sidewalk chalk, or some fun travel games like checkers or memory. If you’ve got a budding artist on your hands, try this drawing case, or crayon roll. And last but not least… try a picnic without the mess. This felt food is fun to play with and can be used over and over again for endless picnic fun.

Posted by: kelly

Cutest Frog Costume!

October 1, 2009 - Filed under Children, Clothing, Halloween, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

Knitted Frog Costume

Ok so today is October first and you know what that means… Halloween is only a month away! In honor of that, and to get your creative juices flowing here is a super cute costume idea for all you knitters out there with little ones!

Frog not your style? Alison Jenkins’ book Wacky Baby Knits, has all kinds of projects, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

Check out the frog tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

cute spring top

April 30, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Patterns, Sewing

spring_top

There’s a great tutorial for a cute spring top from Made by Rae, over at Sew Mama Sew. There are step by step pictures and instructions which can be tailored to any size.

Posted by: kelly

Worldwide Pinhole Camera Day

April 24, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Patterns

downloadable pinhole camera

Sunday, April 26 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Why not head over to Corbis and download one of their free pinhole camera patterns. Simply print it out and follow the instructions and you be snapping away in no time. Check out the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Website for resources, links, and info on how to upload the photos you take on Sunday.

Get inspiration from all the amazing photos from last year
More info on pinhole photography from Photojojo

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week bonus day!

April 6, 2009 - Filed under Amigurumi, Crocheting, Holidays, Inspiration, Patterns

easterbonus_amigurumi

I found these cute little Amigurumi* patterns and couldn’t resist including them in the Easter Craft Week. Unlike the other patterns and tutorials this week, they aren’t free… but they are only $5, so you can’t really go wrong!

Easter Set
Bunny & Carrots

*For those of you new to Amigurumi, Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals or toys.

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 7: lambkin plushy

April 4, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, Holidays, How-to, Patterns, Sewing

easter7_lambkin

Pattern Bee has a a free printable pattern for this cute little lamb plushy. He can be made in whatever fabric inspires you, and there’s even instructions on how to make a felt version.

Check out the Flickr Pool for more inspiration.

Lambkin Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this week’s round up of adorable Easter crafts. Now go and get busy creating, you’ve only got a week left!

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 4: knitted eggs

April 1, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

easter4_knitted_eggs

More eggs! I know everyone is partial to the chocolate variety, but these knitted ones are pretty sweet. Why not mix it up a bit in this year’s Easter egg hunt, and throw in a couple knitted eggs to ease everyone’s sugar high. Or hang them from a couple of branches and make your very own Easter Tree.

Knitted Egg Instructions

Tomorrow: We get messy with some real eggs.

Posted by: kelly

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