Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crocheted Finger Puppets

Finger puppets. Portable. Imaginative. So many options.


These finger puppets were all made by trial and error so some look a little funny but hey, as long as Little Miss E enjoys them, they're a success!


"Hop hop! Duck! Frog! Yellow! Black. Eyes." 
Notes:
  • Inspired by Repeat Crafter Me's "5 Little Ducks Finger Puppets" Tutorial.
  • Used different measurements and hook size based on materials on hand.
  • Sewed on eyes and beak instead of hot glue for ducks. Glued on the eyes for the rabbit and frog. I think I prefer the sewn on ones (assuming I don't do a sloppy job of sewing them on) - easier to sew on if it's done at the halfway point of crocheting the puppet versus waiting until the end (easier to tie a knot at the end since the puppet is so narrow, it's hard to turn it inside out to work on the wrong side).
The're so much fun, they sit with Little Miss E during snack time!

Frog. Bunny. Duck. Duck.
And then there were five...

oink oink

No hot glue on this one. Stitched on the eyes with quadrupled black thread and stitched on the felt nose with the same thread.

Old MacDonald had a farm, eeii eeii oooo. And on his farm he had a pig...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bold Chunky Beanies

LOVE a solid bold bright chunky yarn. It works up quickly and is so snugly yet hearty!


These beanies take about one skein and a little more each. Depending on what size you make, it takes more or less!






Red Heart Heads Up
Bulky 5
80% acrylic, 20% wool
6.5mm/K-10.5 crochet hook

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gray Beanie with Ear Flaps and Baby Doll Beanies

Little Miss E has her own collection of beanies for sure. Of course her baby dolls need beanies too! 

gray beanie with ear flaps
She picked out some colors and said "baby! hat! yellow!" So we whipped up a few for them this evening, some from skeins and others with scrap yarn.



Ways to use scrap yarn:
  • baby doll beanies
  • tie up presents (in place of ribbon)
  • wrap around a wood craft stick to use a imaginative colorful sticks for sorting, pretend, etc.
  • finger puppets
What would you add to this list? Please share!

crocheting toddler
Gray Beanie with Ear Flaps (Toddler Size)
worsted weight yarn and chunky yarn for the edging
5.0mm H-8 crochet hook


Round 1: Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

Ear Flap 1:
Row 1: Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Ear Flap 2:
Count 19 stitches from first ear flap
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease.
do not fasten off
SC all around twice. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
SC all around once using a chunky white yarn. Weave in ends.

Inspired by Repeat Crafter Me's basic beanie tutorials (slightly modified so written out above).


Christmas Tree Craft

Card stock. Stickers. Empty toilet paper rolls. Glue. 
How much more fun can it get?


I'm all for getting messy but some days you just don't feel like messing with paint (pun intended!). These foam stickers have an easy peel-off backing toddlers can do themselves (and these days, she likes anything she can do all by herself!). 



Materials:
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Green and yellow card stock
  • Stickers, pom poms, crayons, etc. (anything you'd like to decorate a tree with)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
Directions:
  1. Depending on age, you can have the child draw the outline of a Christmas tree and cut it themselves or have them pre-cut (we pre-cut ours). 
  2. Have them decorate the tree with whatever materials you give them and have them make a yellow star out of card stock (or pre-cut like we did) to put at the top of the tree. Let it sit and dry.
  3. Cut two slits on the sides that are straight across from each other. Stick the green construction paper tree between them. Depending on the weight of the paper you might need to make the slits a little deeper so that the tree stands up.
  4. Put their names on the back and there you have a great Christmas craft to give to parents or grandparents!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Toddler Kitchen Apron with Purple Shirt-Sleeve-Pockets


DIY crocheted hat, fleece pants, and kitchen apron
In the last couple of months, Little Miss E has really gotten into cooking. She'll yell out "cook!" when we're driving, followed by "home!" when we're going running errands. She'll wake up from a nap and run straight to her kitchen. I love her love for cooking and being in the kitchen! Time to make her an apron and oven mitts (future blog post).

short sleeves for the pockets

grosgrain ribbon for the ties
Notes:

  • Inspired by Aesthetic Nest's Child's Reversible Fat Quarter Apron.
  • Made the length shorter than the tutorial (18"x18") since it's for a toddler and that's how much scrap fabric I had!
  • For the pockets I used two shirt sleeves from an old shirt since I didn't use two different fabrics for the apron but still wanted contrasting pockets. 





This apron is toddler-approved!

The neck strap was a little long (used 16" per Aesthetic Nest's tutorial but that's for an older child so I could use 14" for the next toddler one) so I looped the waist straps up into the neck strap and tied a bow.