Project #23: Kids Nature Crafts
Make your own nature craft toolkit
to take with you on nature crafting adventures!
Time: Over a week or so…
Difficulty: This one is sewing for mama or grandma (or an older sibling) to do. But children can help to choose the pattern or picture for the front cover of the nature toolkit. Fun for everyone.
When making nature crafts such as Stick Man the World Adventurer, or Little Leaf Girl, you need to have a few bits and pieces on hand. Now, I know we mamas are clever and our handbags do carry many of the essentials (baby wipes- tick, coins for parking meters- tick, band-aids- tick…) but I know I don’t tend to keep string in there (ok, wool occasionally), or a pair of scissors, or blue-tac. Some of the Very Important Tools for nature crafting just might be missing. But that problem is easily fixed with your very own crafty sewing tools stash – a Nature’s Toolkit.
Ned and I can now go out and about on a nature crafting mission, knowing we are ready for all kinds of crafty challenges. Now that the delightfully warm Spring weather has arrived in my town, we can set off immediately. Adventure- here we come.
To make your own nature’s toolkit, you’ll need a piece of 3 mm thick felt. I used a pre-cut rectangle of green as my base.
1. In our toolkit, we wanted a space for scissors, string and a few pockets for odds and ends. I cut out a U shape for the scissors by measuring around them on a piece of tracing paper and cutting it out with a 1 cm seam allowance. I cut out two small squares as string holders, two triangles to act as pocket flaps, and two green squares for pockets. Pin everything in place. Be sure to sew down the base of the pocket flaps to the felt base before you attach the actual pocket.
2. We also made two wool twisties long enough to work as straps. They need to end up about 30cm, so you’ll need about 60 cm lengths of wool to begin. Trim as necessary once you’ve sewn them in place and checked they work properly.
PS: When I planned my nature’s toolkit, I thought I’d add hand-carved stamp labels (the white squares you can see here) but I changed my mind once everything was sewn in place. It looked a bit busy and messy, and I felt the shapes of the felt pieces seemed to suggest what they were to be used for. So I removed them.
3. I used back stitch to carefully stitch the felt cut-outs to the felt backing. Make sure to only catch the upper side of the backing felt, not go all the way through as you don’t want to be able to see the thread or stitches on the front face when you close it up. This is tricky on 3 mm felt but do-able. Just take your time.
4. Stitch the knotted end of your twisties in place along the side too. Tie a loop at the other end of each twistie. The loop will hook over the bead when it is closed so it all stays nice and secure and keeps all your crafting goodies safe and sound.
5. Remember to add buttons so you can close the felt flaps on the pockets.
6. Fold it up in threes. It will look like this when you are done. Measure the straps and then mark where you will want to sew the wooden beads so your nature’s toolkit can close properly with the wool twistie looping over the bead. Sew the beads in place using thicker embroidery threads, not cotton.
7. When all the hard work is done, it is time for embellishment fun! My favourite bit of crafting… coming up with a fun and fabulous design.
I’m still loving bunting, and of course red and white toadstools are too cute, so this is what my nature toolkit looks like.
Use scrap pieces of felt to cut out your favourite shapes and designs and use cotton thread and a small needle to stitch it all in place.
8. When your design is done, it’s almost time to head outdoors. But first, you’ll need to fill up your toolkit. Scissors? Yes.
String or wool? Yes. Thumb tacks? Yes.
Stick of beeswax? Yes.
If you’ve no beeswax handy, add a ball of blue-tac. You never know when you’ll need to fasten a gumnut, fix a leaf to a stick, hang a nature’s mobile in a tree, or fill a gap.
But now you are ready and prepared for just about any kind of nature crafting challenge you might find. Go forth, my crafty friends. Let us multiply!
Have I missed anything essential?
What else would YOU include
in a nature crafting toolkit?
To see all 30 Nature Crafts, visit here.