Saturday, February 28, 2015

Last Day of February Snow Bonnet Blue

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Tickled by snowflakes

It may be the last day of February, but seems like we're just getting winter started (minus a few days that were really really cold, snow has been minimal this year). 

"Mama, tree hug! Mama, tree kiss!" Yes, she did kiss the tree.
The perfect day to add this snugly snow bonnet to her hat collection! 

Her daddy's eyes.

Outer: blue floral corduroy 100% cotton.
Lining: faux shearling fur (acrylic and polyester). Didn't find organic sherpa 100% cotton like the pattern suggested.

Love the bunny ear ties! Little Miss E wasn't interested in tying them so we did a half knot and tucked the ears into her snow suit.

Inspired by Purl Soho:
The Purl Bee Winter Baby Bonnet Instructions
The Purl Bee Winter Baby Bonnet Pattern

Monday, February 23, 2015

Felt Crowns

The felt festivities continue! This time we're venturing into crowns. I did a combination of hot glue gunning and sewing but you could do it all without a hot glue gun if desired.

  1. Measure child's head. This two year old's head circumference is approximately 18 inches (exact measurement isn't necessary here since toddlers are squirmy and you'll have elastic in the back for wiggle room).
  2. Draw and cut out crown template on card stock (you only need half of a crown because you'll fold the felt in half to cut it out symmetrically). Here I marked that the felt part will be 16 inches once cut out and that you should cut out 2 inches of elastic but I think 3 inches of elastic actually works better because you'll have 1/2 inch sewn into both sides of the felt part, leaving you with 2 inches exposed, giving you a total final crown circumference of 18 inches. Though the scrap elastic I used was pretty heavy duty so looser elastic may do fine at 2 inch length. Play around!
    I ended up changing it to 3 inches of 3/4 inch width elastic, not 2 inches as photographed.
  3. Cut out decorative pieces and glue or sew onto right side of crown.

  4. Place wrong sides together. Pin so the pieces don't shift. Pin elastic 1/2 inch in on one side. If you used different colors of felt for front and back, match up your thread colors too! Topstitch around, 1/8 to 1/4 inch in, depending on how well your two felt pieces lined up - you can always trim off the excess felt after. When you get to the opposite end of the felt where the elastic should be, insert the other end of the elastic and sew shut, going over it a few times to make sure it's secure.

Found a crocheted butterfly in my "scrap box" from years ago. It has a new home now.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Upcycled T-Shirt Hat: Ribbon Roses on Gray-Striped One Knot Hat

Good thing once we hit toddlerhood, growth slows down (compared to the first year) so clothes last longer! Little Miss E's hat collection this fall and winter has grown tremendously and I'm excited for her to get a couple seasons out of them (or at least some of them!).

Since she hasn't been interested in putting on clothes to play outside in the snow, dear daddy brought the snow indoors!

T-shirts present endless possibilities in the crafting world. We've transformed them into leggings here and now they're turning into hats! Many more renditions to come, I'm sure. What a great transition into spring with these light cotton knits!

Ribbon roses for some flair!

7/8" grosgrain in apple green, 5/8" grosgrain in yellow chevron

WashU Bear needed a beanie too. His is made out of a long-shirt sleeve with ZERO sewing. Cut at seam where arm joins shoulder, knot off the top. Done. Great for teddy bears and newborns!

Inspired by:

  • For 2-5 year old size, cut so hat circumference is around 17-18" (prior to sewing) with a depth of approximately 7" prior to taper (for tying a knot on top) and taper quickly until 2" width for 3-4" depending on thickness of shirt.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Felt Board: Owls, Pigs, Apple Trees, and More

Hoo! Hoo!

I feel like the felt board rendition of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. 

E says, "Mama, turtle?"
Mama makes turtles.
E says, "Mama, pigs?"
Mama makes pigs because turtles are friends with pigs.
E says, "Mama, tree?"
Mama makes tree because pigs and turtles need shade.
E says, "Mama, apple tree?"
Mama makes apples for the tree because pigs and turtles eat apples.
E says, "Oh no! Pig and apples!"
Mama makes ladder because pigs can't climb trees.

Oh, and that's not all.

Five little owls,
On a branch by the shore,
A squirrel scampered by,
And then there were four.

Four little owls,
Perched high up in a tree,
The wind shook one off,
And then there were three.

Three little owls,
With nothing fun to do,
One got very bored,
And then there were two.

Two little owls,
Just having some fun,
A bear came along,
And then there was one.

One little owl,
Winked at the setting sun,
Flew into the forest,
And then there were none.

How about some lady bugs? 

Felt Board: Dress-Up People

Putting on clothes is not very fun lately with all the layers and all the screaming and chasing a toddler down the hallway. However, maybe dressing up felt people can be more fun (and inspire her to put on clothes by herself?)?

Drew outlines on cardstock and cut out to trace onto felt.

Felt people coming to life!
Little Miss E chose the colors for all the pieces and asked for buttons to be on the tops and bottoms. 

All pieces are interchangeable except for hair, eyes, and mouths.

As she places the items of clothing on the people, she says the color and item! So fun.

Yellow scarf. Green pants.

Purple hat. Green heart.

Hoarding all the pieces.

Putting on Winter Clothes Rhyme

Thumb in the thumb place
Fingers all together
That's what we say in mitten weather
Hats on our heads 
Scarves around our necks
Warm boots, warm boots
So we don't get wet

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Felt Board: Ducks, Penguins, Fish, Oh My!

Took apart a moving box and removed the flaps to make our felt board. Folded over the edges of a large piece of felt and used painter's tape on the back to secure the felt. Board can be propped up against a wall, stand alone (since it has folds like a tri-fold but a quadri-fold...), or placed on the floor!

"Mama, duck kiss penguin!"

Felt boards are easy to make and fun for little hands! We used googly eyes but if you're worried about your child picking them off and eating them, gluing on felt eyes or hand sewing on eyes are other options!

This is a project that can be added to over days, weeks, months, as you and your child are inspired to make more creatures! All you need is a hot glue gun, different colored felt, scissors, and some imagination.

Collecting ducks.

"Mama, ducks swimming."
Find templates for animals to cut out via Google images and print on card stock to trace onto felt or freehand it.

Our ocean friends.

Googly eyes bring life to these felt fish!

Still need to make some hermit crabs, turtles, sea horses, star fish, but it's a start! 

"No pictures. All done."

Here are some fun rhymes to go with felt board play!

5 Little Penguins Swam the Ocean Floor
5 Little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, then there were 4.

4 Little penguins twirled around, wheeeee!
One spun off, then there were 3.

3 Little penguins with nothing to do,
One went fishing, then there were 2.

2 Little penguins having lots of fun,
One slid away, then there was only one.

One little penguin, when day was done,
Went home to sleep, the there was none.

Five Little Sea Creatures

Five little sea creatures
On the ocean floor;
The lobster walked away
Now there are four.

Four little sea creatures
Living in the sea;
The octopus crept away
Now there are three.

Three little sea creatures
Wondering what to do;
“Good-bye,” said the starfish
Now there are two.

Two little sea creatures
Not having fun;
Off swam the sea horse
Now there is one.

One little hermit crab
Sad and all alone,
Back came the starfish,
Back came the sea horse,
Back came the octopus,
Back came the lobster,
Then all five went home.

Five Little Fishes

Five little fishes, swimming in a pool
The first one said, “The pool is cool.”
The second one said, “The pool is deep.”
The third one said, “I want to sleep.”
The forth one said, “Let’s take a dip.”
The five one said, “I spy a ship.”
Fisher boat comes,
Line goes *kersplash*
Away the five little fishes dash.

Octopus, Octopus

Octopus, octopus down in the sea,
How many arms can you show to me?
Only one, or will it be two?
Why are all of these arms on you?
Will it be three or will it be four?
Oh, dear me! Are there really more?
Will it be five or will it be six?
I think that my eyes are playing tricks.
Will it be seven or will it be eight?
Tell me, octopus. I cannot wait.
Octopus, octopus down in the sea,
How many arms can you show me?

Blue Shark, Blue Shark

Blue shark, blue shark
What do you see?
I see a green turtle swimming next to me.

Green turtle, green turtle
What do you see?
I see a purple octopus gliding next to me.

Purple octopus, purple octopus
What do you see?
I see an orange seahorse floating next to me.

Orange seahorse, orange seahorse
What do you see?
I see a red crab crawling all over me.

Red crab, red crab
What do you see?
I see a yellow fish flying past me.

Yellow fish, yellow fish
What do you see?
I see a big whale coming after me!

Fish in the Sea
Sung to The Wheels on the Bus

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim
The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
All Day Long.
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
All Day Long
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
All Day Long
The crabs on the beach go scurry…scurry…scurry… scurry…scurry…scurry… scurry…scurry…scurry…
The crabs on the beach go scurry…scurry…scurry…All Day Long.

Rhymes from Learning Wonders.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

E's Super Hero Cape

The two year old imagination is so vast, full of spontaneity, and colorful. To go with the flow, here's a super hero cape for my Little Miss E who loves the rain and finds so much delight in umbrellas.

Inspired by Create Kids Couture: Free Super Cape Pattern!

my little super hero

Velcro closure means she can do it herself and if the cape gets caught on something it will detach.

Caterpillar Hat, favorite cat shirt, super hero cape, she's ready to save the world.

Since E had a hat and cape, Owl needed one too. Used fleece scrap - just cut shape and head hole, it's stretchy enough to go over the head and stay put!

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." ~ Albert Einstein