Make your own tic tac toe game

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Simple sewing

24Aug
kids nature crafts

Project #24.  Make your own tic tac toe game Paint your own Bumble Bee and Ladybird game pieces using stones, and sew up a Leaf Games Board Time: Paint needs a little drying time between coats but this can still be done in half a day. Difficulty: Acrylic Paint Fun. Keep wet towels and newspaper handy.   Here’s a simple nature-inspired…

Felt leaves tutorial: Felt leaf & Gumnut Baby

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Simple sewing

19Aug
craft with felt

Project #19: Felt Leaves Tutorial Leaf Pouch Sleeping Bag & Sunflower Seed Baby Time: 30-45 minutes Difficulty: Simple and sweet   When I have the time, I like to make things as gifts for little friends. We also used to make a little gift for our kindy children when it came time for a festival. This felt leaves tutorial is…

DIY Satin Flower Brooch or Hair Pin tutorial by Dionne Coburn

Posted under Simple sewing

28May

A week ago, my friends and I celebrated another Crafternoon. This time, it was Dionne’s first time to host. She led us on a journey to make Satin Flower Brooches or Hair Pins. Here is the DIY tutorial, just for YOU! Satin Flower Brooch or Hair Pin Tutorial Firstly, you need to cut out some circles in all different sizes…

Easter Rabbit Hair Clip for Girls

Posted under Easter, Simple sewing

25Mar

Are you thinking about making something to go into your little girl’s Easter basket? Why not make one of these- an Easter Rabbit inspired hair clip set. You’ll need a hair clip like this, two pieces of felt cut in a rounded triangle shape slightly bigger than the hairclip, and pieces of felt cut in your design. Firstly, use straight…

Sorting activity for children: thread pegs

Posted under Rainy Day, Simple sewing

7Mar

Do your children like to sew? Letting children into my thread box is kind of like asking for a cotton thread whirlwind. No matter how careful they are, my threads end up everywhere, tangled and knotted. Then I saw this magnificent idea one day. Simply wind a small amount of coloured thread around a wooden peg and thread the end…

Embroidery Hoop Art Template Preparation

Posted under Simple sewing

15Feb

I love a blank slate for creative inspiration, and I adore cheap and cheerful crafts too.  Embroidery hoop art meets all these necessary requirements.  Right now, my creative brain is in washing machine mode- agitating the dirt to make way for fresh, new ideas.  Maybe yours is too? But we can prepare for the new fruits of our imaginations, can’t…

Felt doll bed for wee dolls: Handmade toy

Posted under Dolls, Simple sewing

6Feb
doll bed

Felt doll bed for wee dolls- a handmade toy     Sometimes, the little dolls in my son’s treehouse are so tired after a big day of play. All they want to do is go to sleep.  Their wooden beds are a little lacking in softness and comfort and are not at all good for a good night’s rest so…

Prince and Princess Crown Headbands: A how-to tutorial

Posted under Play activities, Simple sewing

10Jan

On Friday 6th January, we attended a Royal Gathering, the “Fete des Rois”. (You can read about our adventure at Lavendilly House) Of course, one cannot attend a royal gathering without a title or a crown. Whilst Ned is informally known as Ned, Prince of Books, for this occasion he took a new title. “Sir Truck-a-lot“ Yes, when Ned was…

Felt love-heart pouch basket DIY tutorial

Posted under Simple sewing

15Feb

To make a felt love heart basket or pouch, fold one A4 sheet of 3mm wool felt in half. (The fold should be on the long side). Place your love heart template as shown at the base of the felt.  Cut a ‘handle’ from the top of the ‘m’ shape to the fold, as shown. Blanket stitch (see side bar…

How to make a Felt-covered Christmas shopping notepad

Posted under Simple sewing

21Nov

I’m a big believer in bringing beauty and creativity to even the smallest of things.   (In my MamaMoontime Club course and soon-to-be-published book, there is a whole session on this! Find out more by visiting www.ambergreene.com )   There is no excuse for an ugly notepad in your handbag after this! Firstly, cut out a piece of felt about…

A selection of handmade waldorf craft ideas and the “Something from nothing” theory

Posted under Simple sewing

7Sep

I find crafty inspirations everywhere, and Steiner school fetes offer a wonderous selection of ideas and goodies to take home. I love this Candle holder. Seven friends holding hands around the candle, a vision of a brightly coloured rainbow. What a great seed of an idea for Advent…. I can’t resist a magic wand, in this case a flower one. Perfect for…