Uncategorized

Dinosaur Tail

Quick little project to make a dinosaur tail for a toddler / child.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

You will need:

material

scraps of material or felt for the spikes

more material for the belt

stuffing

fastener

thread, scissors and sewing machine

 

Draw the shape of the dinosaur tail on the material. You will need two sides. Then cut out and pin, right sides together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cut out the spikes on the felt (or scrap material). Sew them together.

IMG_3335.JPG

Then pin the spikes in place (place them inside, remember right sides are together at this stage). Then sew tail together.

IMG_3336.JPG

Leave one end open, and pull the tail right side out, so the spikes are on the outside

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IMG_3338.JPG

Then fill with stuffing!

IMG_3339.JPG

At this stage you can either sew shut by joining together the opening at the middle, but I decided to have a round end, so I cut a circle out the same material then carefully pinned the circle in place. At this point you will also need to add your belt material, and pin and sew that in place.

IMG_3345.JPG

Finally, decide what fasteners you are going to use and attach these to the belt.

IMG_3346.JPG

IMG_3344.JPG

IMG_3341.JPG

IMG_3348.JPG

IMG_3341.JPG

 

Advertisements
Uncategorized

Sensory Play (getting messy with toddlers)

Looking after a friend’s baby (toddler) today, as well as my own, means I need activities to get through the day, and keep them occupied.

I found this activity on the Imagination Tree website, so thought I’d give it a go.

IMG_3324.JPG

It kept them occupied for approximately 2 minutes…they ended up playing more in the water than the ‘mud’.

IMG_3321.JPG

I made my ‘mud’ with:

Baked flour (so it’s safe in case they ate any)

Very small amount of cocoa powder

Water

I mixed the above items together until I got the consistency I was after, then placed the ‘mud’ in a shallow container along with some farm animals, trucks etc.

IMG_3320.JPG

Then I had a water station, to wash off all the mud.

IMG_3322.JPG

The kidlets found the water to be much more fun than the ‘mud’. But they did spend some time squishing the mud between their fingers…so that’s something.

IMG_3326.JPG

At the end of the day, it was fun, but probably not worth the effort for the amount of time that they played with it. I’ll try it again when they’re a bit older.

Party · Sewing

Halloween Fun: Yoda toddler costume. Part 2 (hooded robe)

I used a grey muslin wrap for this project. It just happened to be the perfect size…for a toddler.

Start by measuring and drawing the shape of the robe on the material. I didn’t use a pattern, I just eye-balled it.

IMG_3300.JPG

Then sew around the outside edges, but leave the arm holes, the bottom of the robe, and the neck open.

Fold the robe in half, and cut up the center of the front of the robe. This will transform it from ‘dress’ to ‘robe’.

Use an existing hood as a pattern and measure and cut out the hood shape on the material. Sew the hood together.

IMG_3292.JPG

Open the hood, and pin to the neck opening of the robe. Then sew.

IMG_3301.JPG

And…ta daaaaaa!!! A very simple and basic robe.

I didn’t hem any edges because:

a) it’s a costume

b) the robe that Yoda wears is quite derelict and has rips and holes and isn’t perfectly hemmed.

c) too much effort for what I was going for…(I’m sorry to disappoint).

 

Here’s the finished Yoda robe, as modeled by Teddy:

IMG_3303.JPG

And with the Yoda ears:

IMG_3305.JPG

Just need a walking stick and the outfit is complete.

 

Party · Sewing

Halloween Fun: Yoda toddler costume. Part 1 (Yoda ears and hat)

Turn an old green fleece jacket into Yoda ears.

I started with this green jacket:

IMG_3265.JPG

And turned it into this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For the ears: Mark out a triangle with chalk. I made it a curvey triangle to resemble Yoda’s ears.

Cut 4 triangles (make sure they are long, like Yoda ears).

IMG_3274.JPG

Pin right sides together, and sew around the edge, leaving the end open to turn right side out.

Turn right sides out and fold the bottom (open end) of the triangle towards the center and then sew straight across to keep that in place. Do the same for the other ear.

IMG_3275.JPG

IMG_3268.JPG

Now for the beanie / hat part:

I used another beanie to help with sizing. Measure out 2 semi circles, with a ‘V’ cut out of the top.

IMG_3269.JPG

Cut out, and sew together the ‘V’ on each piece. (Double check sizing at this time, in case you need to add more material).

IMG_3270.JPG

now you’ve got the basis of the beanie you need to pin the ears on before you sew it together.

IMG_3271.JPG

This picture shows the beanie inside out, so the ears have been sewn on already, and are on the inside at this point.

The turn beanie right way out, and you should have Yoda ears on your hat. I also added a band of material at the bottom of the beanie to finish it, but you could also just hem the beanie.

IMG_3276.JPG

IMG_3277.JPG

Now to get some photos of the toddler wearing the hat….I’m sure that will be much harder than making it!!

IMG_3278.JPG

IMG_3286.JPG

IMG_3282.JPG

I may also add a strap to keep the hat on….

It looks equally good on Teddy:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
May the force be with you
Uncategorized

Upcycling: Maxi dress to jumpsuit (harem style)

Another dress to romper conversion. This time it started as a maxi dress, and ends up a stylish jumpsuit, with comfy harem pants.

Before pic: Maxi dress

First step: take any length off the bottom of the dress.

Then turn dress inside out and mark out a semi-circle (I used a pair of harem pants as a guide).

Pin together and sew.

IMG_3262.JPG

IMG_3261.JPG

This material is very stretchy, so there is no need for a zip. Turn the jumpsuit right way out and try on. Adjust the length as necessary, and hem the bottom of the leg.

Finished jumpsuit
Sewing

Jump around (DIY jumpsuit, from dress)

What to do when you get given second hand clothing…? make it into something new…

This was a knee length dress, slightly big on me, and looked a bit frumpy. So after a quick search on the internet for inspiration I decided to turn it into a jumpsuit….woohoo

Super easy, and finished in no time at all.

IMG_3243.JPG

Fold the dress in half, and use chalk to mark out where to cut for the legs. Put the dress on again to make sure this chalk looks like its in the right spot. (Remember: measure twice, cut once).

IMG_3249.JPG

Then cut along this line, unfold the dress and pin. (Because this fabric is super stretchy I was able to try the jumpsuit on at this stage).

Then sew.

IMG_3245.JPG

If the fabric wasn’t stretchy, you would then have to put a zip in….I’ll try this for the next jump suit.

That’s all folks

IMG_3250.JPG

Uncategorized

Learning new skills – flower arranging. Part 2

Part 2 of learning new skills: Another beautiful spring day means another day full of flowers in the garden, so why not make the most of it and fill the house with fresh flowers.

This time I tried to make a smaller arrangement. The vase isn’t quite right, but it’s all I’ve got to work with….

Step 1: Gather your flowers and foliage, and prepare them by taking off all the leaves that will be below the water line.

IMG_3239.JPG

IMG_3240.JPG

Step 2: Fill vase with water, and use sticky tape to make a grid across the top of the vase. Start placing foliage / greenery around the back and sides. (Leave a few bits of greenery in case you need them to fill gaps at the end)

IMG_3236.JPG

Step 3: Add flowers (big ones, then fillers).

IMG_3231.JPG

Final step: Use left over foliage or ‘filler’ flowers to fill any gaps.

IMG_3229.JPG

IMG_3230.JPG

And there you go… a cute little posey to add some brightness inside, and it did not cost a cent