Learn how to make a warm & cozy looking chunky knit hat and mittens with this free knitting pattern. These are quick to knit, a wonderful project to take on if you’re relatively knew to knitting, and they also make lovely Christmas gifts!Continue reading
We have had far too many Snow Days here for my liking lately. A couple of weeks ago, the temperature dropped to -44 degrees (celcius) with the windchill! We’ve also had several feet of snow recently, plus some freezing rain to top it all off. Needless to say, we’ve spend a lot of time inside doing crafts, Christmas baking and watching movies.
All of these snow days have made me think that it would be fun to make some “snow day survival kits” as unique, handmade Christmas gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends this year. In a pretty little tin, I’ve put some things that a family could use on a day stuck at home – some sugar cookies in a jar, a cookie cutter, hot chocolate mix in a jar, and some chocolate spoons to mix the hot chocolate with. Continue reading
When I was scouring the web this week for last minute Father’s Day gift ideas (for my hubby from the kids and also for my dad), I was so impressed with how many great, free printables are out there for Father’s Day! Here are some of my favourite Father’s Day free printable gifts – they’d make wonderful last minute presents this weekend.Continue reading
Sadly, my Little C had to miss her last day of playschool this year because of her hospital stay. She was not happy at all about that, and I don’t blame her! Thankfully, we were able to meet with her sweet teacher last week and give her a small gift that Little C helped me with.Continue reading
For a simple and budget-friendly Valentine for friends and family this year, print out my free bird & cupcake Valentines (found here) and cut them out into squares. You can punch holes in the tops, and tie them to a small bag of treats with raffia ribbon or baker’s twine.
I like to bake my favourite sugar cookie recipe (found here), cut it into hearts and sprinkle with Valentine-inspired sprinkles, and put those in a small bag with jelly beans or cinnamon hearts.
My adorable daughter has been loving our crafty days lately – she almost expects a daily craft time now, which I think is the cutest thing in the universe!
Yesterday during “quiet time” we whipped up these easy hot chocolate snowman jar gifts that I think will make cute handmade Christmas presents for our neighbors this year. They’re unique and practical – filled with hot chocolate mix, peppermints and marshmallows that a whole family could enjoy.
I found the inspiration for this project on Pinterest. I saw this image last year and thought it was such a fun way to yet again recycle some baby food jars. (Forgive me – I’ve tried to find the original source to this image via Google image search and simply can’t. If you know the originator of this image, please let me know so that I can give them proper credit!)
This fun Holiday craft took us less than an hour. I did the hot gluing and ribbon tying, but my 3 year old did the rest! We’ve made two so far. After we made the first one, my daughter was indignant: “He needs a SISTER!” So, we had to make a girl snow-woman.
How to Make a Hot Chocolate Snowman Jar Gift
empty & clean small baby food jars and lids (3 per snowman)
hot chocolate mix
scraps of ribbon and felt
hot glue gun
Fill one jar with hot chocolate mix, one with peppermints and one with mini marshmallows. This is a fun job for a kid! Put the lids on the jars.
Hot glue the bottom of the peppermint jar to the top of the hot chocolate mix lid, and the bottom of the marshmallow jar to the top of the peppermint jar lid.
Tie a ribbon(s) around the “neck” of the snowman. If you want to, make a hat for his head out of felt pieces (a circle slightly bigger than the jar lid, topped with a rectangle of felt rolled into a cylinder and glued together) – glue a ribbon around the hat for a hat band (as pictured).
Draw a face on the snowman with a permanent marker.
Something I’m making this year are piles and piles of infinity scarves (remember the tutorial I posted in September?). They don’t take very long, they’re so pretty and practical, and you can personalize them with fabric choice to suit the recipient.
I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!
Sparkly Striped Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf
For a festive and sparkly look (like the first picture above), I made an infinity scarf with a glittery striped sweater knit. I made this one extra wide (the raw fabric measured about 40″ wide before it was folded and sewn).
Woven Burgundy & Chocolate Plaid Infinity Scarf
Plaid is trendy in a big way this year, and I made a second version of the infinity scarf with a plaid woven fabric with a slight stretch to it. This one was also extra wide (at about 44″ before it was folded and sewn). I’m really liking the look of adding quite a bit of extra width to the scarves, giving them a dramatic full look.
Cream Lace Overlay Infinity Scarf
Finally, I made a third version of the infinity scarf by laying a piece of stretch lace over a piece of stretchy jersey (both were about 15″ wide) right sides together. I sewed them together along the length of each side, and then completed the rest of the scarf as I did in my original tutorial. You could use a different colour of knit jersey for a more contrasting look. It’s such a romantic version of the infinity scarf!
Have you tried making an infinity scarf yet? Please share below if you have with a link to your finished project! Or, if you’re planning on making one for yourself or as a Christmas gift – what would be your favourite fabric choice?
If you’re looking for a fun little Christmas holiday craft for your toddler or preschooler, these candy cane mice are really easy and cute!
My Little C (she’s 3 going on 4 in January) made these today and they were quick. She picked out the colours of felt that each mouse needed to be, I cut out the pieces and did the gluing (but if you had regular white glue, a child could easily do that part too) and then she inserted the candy cane.
She gave them all names and played with them for a while – I believe the purple one is “Desmerella”.
Some of my most sacred childhood possessions were the handmade doll accessories and clothing my mom (who’s taught me everything I know about sewing) made for me.
I wanted to make something hopefully as special for my little 3 year old (soon to be 4 on January 1st!) daughter. She has a little Baby Alive doll she’s named Ariel, and Ariel has no diapers. My Little C specifically requested them (along with some doll clothes, which I hope to tackle before Christmas too), and I thought they’d be so much fun to sew. I also found an adorable dolly diaper bag pattern that I thought my girl would love, and then I thought: “What the heck! I’ll sew up a wipes case, changemat and bib too and make it a sweet little set!”
This deluxe dolly diaper bag and accessories set would work for any doll that’s around 12-15″ tall (like Baby Alive, Melissa & Doug 12″ Dolls, Waldorf Dolls, American Girl Bitty Baby) and it’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric (from my ever-growing collection of fabric goodness from my favourite place to get it – Fabric.com). You could give the set as-is, or add more things to the bag like a doll’s bottle, pretend food jars, spoons… and really anything that you think the wee recipient would love!
scraps of cotton fabric (you’ll need a yard for the bag and then just little bits for the rest)
scraps of minkee or fleece fabric (for the “wipes”, the bib lining, the diaper lining and the changemat lining)
three squares of crafter’s felt coordinating colours (for heart appliques and wipes case)
1″ wide velcro
Doll Diaper Bag with Heart Applique
I sewed the dolly diaper bag first. I basically followed this wonderful doll diaper bag tutorial by Mommy By Day Crafter By Night to a tee. The only changes I made were omitting the cardboard base (I wanted the bag to be washable) and I sewed a heart applique from two layers of felt on the front piece of fabric before sewing it to the rest of the pieces (I eyeballed the heart, but you could also print a heart out from an image on the computer and use that as a pattern). The tutorial was so easy to follow, and the size and shape of the bag will be perfect for my little Miss!
I cut a piece each out of cotton fabric and minkee fabric, pinned them right sides together, sewed around leaving a 2″ hole, flipped them right side out, and then top stitched around the perimeter (closing the hole). I added a pink felt heart to the back of each diaper (I eyeballed the heart shape again and simply sewed it on).
Doll Felt Wipes Case with Wipes
The miniature wipes case and wipes were next. I also got this idea from Craftaholics Anonymous and thought it was so very cute and clever! I made the case out of squares of felt as per the tutorial, cut out an oval, sewed on a flap, and finished the flap with another heart applique. For the “wipes”, I cut out squares of white minkee fabric and stuffed them in. My daughter is going to go crazy over this!
Doll Folding Changemat
To make the changemat, I cut out a rectangle of cotton fabric and one of minkee fabric that were each 8″ wide by 15″ long. I rounded the top corners of the fabrics using a round cup as a guide. Then, I pinned them right sides together, sewed around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a 2″ hole, turned it right side out, and top-stitched around the perimeter (and closed the hole this way). I finished with two lines of stitching that went horizontally across the pad to divide the mat in thirds vertically, a velcro piece at the inside top and the opposite side of the velcro in the middle of the bottom panel (as shown in the pictures above) and a heart applique.
This wee DIY bib was the final piece to this dolly set. I couldn’t find a pattern online that I liked for a dolly bib, so I measured my girlie’s doll and made a printable doll bib pattern up – feel free to use it if you need it! Simply click the image below to make it full size before you print it out and use it as a pattern.
I cut out a piece of cotton fabric and a piece of minkee fabric using this pattern and then pinned them right sides together. I sewed them together leaving a 2″ opening, turned the bib right side out, top-stitched it, and then stitched on some tiny pieces of velcro to the neck openings.
I’m going to fill the dolly diaper bag with all of the tiny accessories, and then I’ll probably add some more things that a “little mommy” might need for her “baby” (spoons, “food”, bottles, a blanket). I may add a few handmade dolly clothes, but we’ll see how far I get before Christmas!
I truly hope my spunky little girl will love this handmade dolly diaper bag set as much as I think she will – it will make sewing these crazy-small little diapers all worthwhile!
One of my friends needed an apron for a costume this month. It had to be red gingham with a white ruffle and heart applique, so I set to designing it from scratch. I absolutely loved the result and I think this feminine little apron would make an adorable Christmas gift for a friend (or make a smaller version for a toddler’s dress-up collection)!
This is a simple project, and a great one for beginner seamstresses. It requires little fabric and can be whipped up in about an hour.
2 yards gingham fabric (I used red & white gingham – you could order only a yard, but then you will have to cut the apron tie in two pieces and stitch them together making a visible seam)
1/2 yard white eyelet fabric
applique adhesive paper
I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:
Cut 3 strips from the white eyelet fabric that are 3 inches wide and 44″ long (or whatever the width of your fabric is – mine was 44″) for the ruffle. Cut a 5″ square out of the white eyelet fabric and the applique adhesive paper, fuse them together (according to the directions on the applique paper’s packaging), and then cut out a heart shape (I free-handed mine, but you could also print out a 5″ wide heart and use that as a pattern). Cut a piece of the gingham fabric that is 4″ wide by 70″ long (for the apron tie – use the full length of the 2 yards for this so that it is one continuous piece) and one that is 16″ long by 35″ wide (for the main apron piece).
The ruffle: Sew the three ruffle strips together, and then fold the entire strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Gather the raw edge (I use a serger and adjust the tension, but you could also use a regular machine basting stitch and pull the threads to gather).
Round the two bottom corners of the main apron piece (I use an ice cream pail lid as a guide) and then pin the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the main apron piece, raw edges together. Stitch together, fold the ruffle down and then top-stitch about 1/4″ away from the seam as shown above. This helps the ruffle stay flat!
Apply the heart applique to the lower right corner of the apron (about 3 or 4 inches from the edge) and satin stitch it to the apron.
Gather the top of the apron so that it measures approximately 17″ wide.
Find the center of the apron and the center of the apron tie piece (by folding each in half). Pin them together, right sides together and raw edges aligned, with the centers matching. Sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Fold the apron tie in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin. Sew the ends together using a 1/2″ seam. Then, sew the strap together on either side of the main apron piece, ending the seam about 1/2″ from the apron (as shown above).
Finally, fold the remaining raw edge of the tie under 1/2″, pin it to the apron, and sew it about 1/4″ from the folded edge to the apron.
Your pretty little ruffled apron is done! Now, go bake some cinnamon buns or give the apron to your bestie as a cute Christmas gift.