Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sew a Yeti

So we have a Yeti fan in the house, I think it started when he was about 2 and we took him to see the Frozen movie in the Theatre because of his big sisters being obsessed and while watching there is that scene with the ice castle and the Abominable Snowman, his big brother was hiding under the seat in the movie theatre terrified and my then two year old was laughing his head off! Ever since its been Yeti PJs, T-shirts, books and games - have you played Yeti Spaghetti (one of his favorites). 

Anyway when Trixi over at www.ColoredButtons.com asked me to participate once again in her Christmas Sew a Softie (which is an amazing event jam packed with lots of super easy and fun beginner sewing projects for kids) I knew I had to say Yeti! So if you have a Yeti obsessed kid, or maybe just fancy making your own Abominable Snowman for Rudolph then read on, I've included all the info on how to create once of these cute furry guys below.

You Will Need:

White Fur
White Felt
Blue FeltWhit
Grey Felt
Googly Eyes
White Embroidery thread
Needle / glue

Step 1

Print out the Yeti PDF

Step 2

Cut out the templates and begin by tracing the body shape onto the fur and the white felt.

Then cut the fabric so you have two body pieces.

Cut the other smaller template parts out and trace them onto the blue and grey felt.

Step 3

To make it easy for the kids I hot glued the hands and feet onto the white felt sheet, you could sew them on but for beginner sewers this way is easier. I used my hot glue gun so they could get on and sew straight away.

Step 4

To begin sewing take a long piece of the white embroidery thread. Tie a big knot in one end and then thread it through the bottom later of the body so that you hide the knot on the inside.

Take the furry body part and line it up on top of the felt piece.

Begin to sew the two body pieces together by stitching around the outside. I like to show the kids blanket stitch as it holds it together nicely when you go to stuff it but a running stitch will work too.

Step 5

Once you get almost all the way around (leave at least an inch gap) you can add the stuffing. Using your fingers make sure that the filler goes down the arms and legs of the Yeti.

Once you are happy with the amount of stuffing finishing sewing around the outside to seal it up.

Step 6

Once sealed around the edges add the extras to the front of the yeti. Cut out the last two remaining shapes his face and his tummy. We hot glued these to the outside of the yeti.

Add the googly eyes.

And draw on a mouth with a black sharpie.

Now he's ready to play...


And if you are looking for more sewing projects after you've made your Yeti why not check out our Gingerbread Cookie Cutter softies from last year.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Simple Gold Wreath

Welcome to December! Anyone else find this year flew by? My kids are bouncing off the walls to get the Christmas Season underway and what better way to welcome in the month than with this pretty Welcome Wreath for your door. If you follow me in IG you got a sneak peak at it yesterday but as promised heres the longer 'How To'. 

This gorgeous wreath is easy enough for a child to make but you might just want to make one yourself too. I love its simpleness and the elegance that the gold paint gives it. Whether you are making this for someone else or just to hang up in your own house to enjoy, here is a quick run through as to how we made it.

You will need:

Thin bendy twigs - you'll probably have to cut these of a bush or shrub as live wood tends to be the bendable type, dead wood from the ground will just snap as you bend it. We have lots of woods near us and some of the vine weeds that grow are perfect. If no wood is available you could always improvise with a thick wire coat hanger, you won't even have to do step 1, just stretch it into a circle shape and use the hook to hang it!

A few sprigs of plants - holly, ivy, mistletoe and even grasses are good.
Wire - we used a copper 18 gauge craft wire, a floral wire works well too
Gold spray paint

Step 1

Begin by bending the sticks into a circle. Fasten the ends together by wrapping the wire around tightly. you should now have a hoop. Our vines were already twisted together but if you have a single strand you might want to loop around more than once.

Step 2

You can now start attaching small sprigs of interesting shaped leaves, seed pods and berries. Sprigs from the yard are perfect but again if you live in the middle of a city and don't have access to real plants you can always go pick up some few fake foliage at a craft store and trim it to make what you need - the color doesn't matter because you are going to spray paint it all anyway.

Attach the sprigs again using the wire to hold them in place. Think about placement, with kids you'll probably have to remind them that less is more in this case as they'll want to attach lots which is fine but to keep the simple design its nice to see the hoop a little.

Step 3

Before we spray the hoop we also add a wire loop to the top to hang it by. This makes it much easier to spray paint when its done.

Step 4

Cut a cardboard house out and glue to one corner of the hoop. I used my hot glue gun for this so we didn't have to wait for it to dry. Then take your hoop to a well ventilated area and spray it all gold.

Once its all dry you can hang it on a door to enjoy, or package it up as a gift for someone special. Welcome December!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Countdown

Isn't it nice when someone does all the hard work and then hands you all the benefits on a plate? Well, your welcome!! Ha ha or should it be Ho Ho? In all seriousness this idea came to me and I thought, "Wow this would be a great help to someone" so I decided to upload it here so you can all use it too.

This Christmas countdown can have you looking like the best Mom in the world and you don't even have to worry about not planning anything until now because all you have to do to start is click HERE and you will be redirected to a FREE PDF to download and print to have your own. This countdown gives you a festive activity a day to try with your child and if you need a little help with each activity just scroll down further and you will see tips and links to help you carry out each task. For some days you may need to gather some basic supplies but hopefully most can be found at your local grocery store. And if you don't fancy using them as a countdown maybe just use them as a post chock full of awesome suggestions for things to do with your kiddos this holiday season.


Once you have printed out the paper simply cut the squares out and hang them somewhere for your children to see each day. A couple of examples might be to - hang them on a string on the wall, tie them to your Christmas tree or tuck them inside envelopes and create a mailbox to post them in when they've been completed. 

So here we go:

This one is easy, get your kids to help you decorate your Christmas Tree. Already decorated your tree? No problem, why not cut a triangle shape out of some paper and have them color their own tree and decorate it with stickers, markers, glitter - whatever you like.

Red paper, pens and a few junk mail toy magazines have always been my kids favorite way of creating a list for Santa. Little ones enjoy sticking pictures down before they know how to write.

Colored paper, scissors, glitter, glue leave lots of supplies out for a simple invitation to make cards for all the family.

Ok so mom might need to help a little, search for your favorite slime recipe, we like to use Elmers Glue, water and liquid starch, we add a little color and sparkle. 

For a great how to make no cook playdoh recipe read ours here to adapt it here are the quantities:

1 cup flour plus maybe 1/4 cup more for kneading out
1/2 cup salt
1 cup boiled water
1 tbl oil
2 tbl Cream of tartar
A few drops of peppermint oil
Red food coloring if you need it

Once you've made the dough get creative with it. Maybe dye half red and leave the other half white. Bring out the cookie cutters and other fun accessories to play with it.

Visit your local book store or library and pick out some new Christmas books. Snuggle down and get reading!

I found my Paperwhites on Amazon but I know in the US anyway Home Depot keeps them too. These are such a fun flower to grow this season with the kids, they grow fast and are so easy to plant and I LOVE the look and smell of them. Last year I dedicated a whole blog post to the Paperwhite!

Kindness is contagious I'll let you think of a kind act to suit your family.

Grab your favorite Christmas Movie, pop some popcorn and snuggle down to get yourselves into the holiday spirit!

We love to create a real workshop for Santas Elves to play in this time of year, our Fort Magic kit is perfect for this. (But don't go out and spend money on one unless of course its to go under your tree as a gift - because hey really are brilliant.) Use bedsheets, cardboard boxes, the lounge furniture - most important bring lots of imagination!

Ok so this activity is seriously one of my kids favorite EVER. You can find all you need in your kitchen cupboards or grocery store and CLICK HERE to see details of how to make it.

Ok so you have a few directions here, go buy crazy silly christmas socks to have them wear. Decorate your own silly Christmas Stocking. Or maybe even find some old socks, turn them into sock puppets and tell your own Sock Christmas Story!

Yummy yes please. 
Make sure you get the kids to do the making, its hard to stand back sometimes but they learn much better by doing it themselves.

Woods, park, beach, wherever you are get outside and enjoy a big cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows!! And if you are baking in 80 degree weather why not put chocolate ice cream in the mug instead and pretend its the best hot chocolate you ever tasted!

Do you do Elf on the Shelf? If yes then why not grab some scraps of paper or material and try making  it some clothes or accessories? Ours has had a scarf knitted, a bag and a jacket in previous years, we leave them out beside the Elf and the next day he's often wearing them! No elf? No problem why not try making elf hats for a doll or stuffed toy.

Probably my kids favorite.  Have you watched the movie Elf? Well it appears that Elves LOVE sugar and candy and all things grown ups usually say no too 😆! Elf breakfast for dinner involves waffles, ice-cream, maple syrup and lots of add ons. Go to town its once a year.

The birds will love you for this one and so might a few Raccoons, CLICK HERE to see how you make a Gingerbird house - they won't want any moe sugar after yesterday.

Think warm bath, a little peppermint oil, lots of bubbles, Red Glow sticks. Now turn the lights off and listen to the giggles.

Pick up a cheap felt stocking from the Dollar Store or make your own by cutting it from felt or old fabric. Leave the stocking out with lots of glue and bits and bobs for the kids to have a blast decorating their own stocking.

Cover a large table in a couple of rolls of paper, bring out the cookie cutters and some festive paint, now let your little ones create their own paper.

Coffee filters and Scissors is all you need to create some big beautiful snowflakes to hang in the windows, fold the coffee filters 3 or 4 times across and then have your little one cut around the edges. Opening up the snowflake is always magical and young and old kids will enjoy seeing their snow flake open for the first time.

These smell SO good I'd like them in my house all year. Pick up a big bag of oranges and some cloves when you are next in the grocery store then check this page out for a 'How To'

Oh you know your kids will be bouncing of the walls by now so why not strap them in their car seats and head out searching for the neighborhoods best Christmas Lights. No car? Even better an evening walk around the hood is bound to burn off some steam.

Hopefully  the shoppings done, the presents wrapped and its time to sit down and enjoy yourself. We love to open some new PJs, drink milk, eat cookies and read the Night Before Christmas before dumping our kids into bed extra early so we can pour another glass of vino. You know they'll be up at 3am yelling that Santas been.