How To Sew A Small Doll By Hand

Posted under Dolls

25Apr
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How to sew a small doll by hand No. 21 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: ‘The Fonz’   Isn’t it funny how crafty projects can take on a life of their own? I know that each doll I’ve been making of late has begun life as a ‘project’, and has morphed into a ‘personality’ or a ‘character’.  This…

How to Make a Tooth Fairy Doll

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13May
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How To Make A Tooth Fairy Doll No. 24 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series   Ned lost his second baby tooth last week, and we needed a little tooth pillow-y thing to pop it in. His first tooth went into a little gold origami box just like this one, but this box is still holding his gold coin…

How To Make Peg Doll Christmas Decorations

Posted under Christmas

16Nov
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How To Make Peg Doll Christmas Decorations Starry Christmas Night Angel Project 16 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   How about pretty peg doll christmas decorations? A Christmas Angel for that one particular starry night that changed history. This is definitely one for the kids. All they need to know is a bit of blanket stitch, and they can…

Handmade Reindeer Christmas Ornaments Using Felt

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6Nov
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Make your own cute handmade Reindeer Christmas Ornaments with felt. Project 6 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting. When it comes to Christmas crafting, I do love a reindeer. They are too cute. Last year, Ned and I patted one when we were at the Christmas Pageant in Brisbane, and it felt like velvet. (That was something new to me.) And…

How To Make A Doll Out Of Felt

Posted under Fun basics

16Oct
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How to make a doll out of felt No. 20 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: “Tom, the Baker’s Son”, a wet felting and sewing activity for children   Wet felting is such fun for children, and it is even more fun when they can make something out of the piece of felt they have devoted hours to. This…

Handmade Decorations For Kids Bedrooms: “Bits and Bobs” King Doll

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8Oct
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Handmade decorations for kids bedrooms: No. 15 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: Bits and Bobs King Doll   I use wool felt in lots of craft. I love it. But it’s not cheap and I don’t want the the leftovers from a project or after cutting out a template to go to waste. When I worked at Silkwood Kindergarten…

How To Make A Ballerina Peg Doll

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8Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: How To Make A Ballerina Peg Doll No. 8: Complete with flower bouquet gift! My four-year-old niece Alice is a ballerina and goes to ballet class every week. Later in the year, she’ll be in a showcase and as she LOVES craft and things I make, I thought I’d create a doll for her end-of-year concert…

How to make a simple knot doll for kids

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6Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: How to make a simple knot doll for kids No. 6: A knot doll with 3 pieces of scrap fabric I loved learning how to make a simple knot doll for kids many years ago when I was teaching in kindergarten. There was even a gorgeous story about a Giant with cold feet and his new…

How do you make a toy snail?

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

20Aug
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Project 20: How do you make a toy snail? Time: An hour or so Difficulty: Fiddly fingers but totally do-able!   I’m often asked, “how do you make a toy (insert toy of choice here)?” I’ve made lots of toys over the years but never a snail before. It was a new challenge. I like a crafty challenge. It helps…

Felt leaves tutorial: Felt leaf & Gumnut Baby

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Simple sewing

19Aug
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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…

How To Make Puppets: Swimming Fish Play Toys

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

16Aug
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Project 16: How to make puppets Swimming Fish Finger Puppets Time: 45 minutes maximum Difficulty: A little bit of blanket stitching involved.  Neatness vs speed is up to you!   For project number 16, I wanted to make something inspired by a fish so I thought I’d show you how to make puppets like I did many years ago in…

DIY Toy Butterfly Made Out Of Paper

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6Aug
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  Project #6:  DIY Toy Butterfly Made Out Of Paper Personalise it by cutting it from painted paper Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy.   I love a good way of using up some of my children’s paintings. (Although you can make a watercolour painting particularly for this craft of course!)  And I love butterfly crafts. So this butterfly made out of paper is…

Make an felt treasure bag catch-all for seasonal adventures: a how-to tutorial for the first day of Autumn

Posted under Autumn

1Mar
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Happy first day of Autumn! (And happy first day of Spring to all my northern hemisphere readers too!)  Today, I’d love to share with you a little project I’ve created for Ned, an autumn-inspired felt treasure bag to take on seasonal walks.  Ned and I love our walks (they have been a little rare of late) and finding nature-inspired treasures,…