My Little C (4 years old) is quite the fashionista and decorator already.
Her favourite colour is dark purple, and the second runner up is hot pink.
For her new room in our new house, she requested that it be her favourite colours. I convinced her to throw a bit of turquoise in the scheme, and we agreed upon a purple, hot pink and turquoise bedroom decorated in hearts and flowers. What a girl!
What makes these DIY pillows look so special when they’re really quite easy to sew is the fun fabric! For the faux fur ones, I just used the fur on one side and used a plain broadcloth on the other. The satin ribbon rosette fabric is so lovely – it has so much texture and it looks like I could have fashioned the rosettes by hand (but I didn’t – so easy)!
The best thing about having a mom who’s currently obsessed with sewing pillow covers? Pillow forts!
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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.
There’s something about little folded tags and bits of ribbon that capture a baby’s attention. There little hands like to grasp the silky tags and their little mouths like to chew them! My babies were no different, so when they were little I made them these sweet ribbon loop blankies to cuddle and play with. These blankets are very simple to sew and small enough to bring in the car or stroller. You can attach plastic links to them and attach those to a stroller or carseat so that the blankie doesn’t get lost! I like to use super-soft minkee fabric for these little blankies to add to the tactile fun!
1/2 yard of main minkee fabric
1/2 yard of coordinating minkee fabric (for reverse)
a variety of coordinating ribbon in various textures and widths
Cut a 15″ x 15″ square out of both minkee fabrics. Most minkee is 60″ wide, so I love this dimension of blanket since you can make 4 with only 1/2 yard of each fabric!
Cut 20 pieces of various ribbon, varying their lengths from 3″ to 6″.
Lay the main minkee piece right-side-up on a flat surface. Fold a piece of ribbon in half to form a loop, and pin it approximately 2 1/2″ from one corner of the minkee piece with it’s raw edge lined up with the raw edge of the fabric. The loop should face in.
Repeat with the remainder of the ribbon loops using 5 loops per side of the square. Space them evenly apart and vary textures, colours and lengths. I like to use as many different ribbons as possible and I don’t use any type of pattern when I place them!
Stay-stitch the loops in place by machine. Remove pins.
Lay the coordinating minkee back piece over the front piece, right-sides-together. Pin in place (always pin minkee fabric well)! Sew together using a 1/2″ seam. Leave a 4″ hole and then turn the blanket right-side-out. Top-stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the blanket to keep it nice and flat and to sew the opening closed.
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