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Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

This morning I was feeling a little sorry for myself and in a bit of a 39-weeks-pregnant-messy-house-fighting-a-cold funk.  After my daughter went down for her nap, my four-year-old and I pulled out some books to read, together.  One of his choices was this:dsc_1703We’ve read it a number of times and had seen that there were instructions, in the back, on how to make your own pig!  H is in a stage where he wants to “make” everything that he sees, and “build” all kinds of diggers after reading our digger books from the library and so this fit perfectly.  I thought I’d break out of my feeling-sorry-for-myself funk by trying a little crafting with him.Here are the instructions to make your own pig (or whatever it ends up being).

1) Cut a 25 cm length of stocking, or a sleeve from an old knit sweater…whatever you have lying around.dsc_1672dsc_16732) Sew one end off with loosely stitched embroidery thread so that it Continue reading Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

A Bow for Any Occasion: Tutorial

I recently learned how to make my own bow out of whatever paper I’d like, and I thought that would be a cool thing to share with you. It’s a fun craft for kids to make and, though requiring supervision, is a pretty fulfilling project! Here’s the finished product:

dsc_5018You can see that I have used one-sided scrapbooking designer paper. This project is waaaayyy more attractive when you have two-sided paper, or it would also be cool with newspaper or other fun paper with something on both sides.

Step 1:  Get your piece of paper, measuring 12 inches by 6 inches.  (12 by 12 scrapbooking paper, cut in half is easiest)

Step 2: Turn your paper sideways and cut 8 strips that are 1inch wide (by 6 inches long)step-2Step 3: Turn your paper 90 degrees to the side (you should have a piece that is 6inches wide by 4 inches tall) and cut one piece that is 1inch wide by 4 inches longstep-3Step 4:  Turn your paper 90 degrees to the side again (now, you should have a piece that is 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide) and cut the remaining paper into 4, 1 inch strips that are each 5 inches long. (The picture below shows the one piece that is 4 inches long beside the paper now turned to be cut at 5 inches long.)step-4Step 5: Take the smallest paper (1 inch by 4 inches) and form a barrel, gluing it shut.

step-51Step 6: Form each of the strips into the bow edges by bringing the ends together until the fold forms a point.  Glue the ends together. (Yes, I know.  I will never be a hand-model!)step-6

Step 7: Once they are dried, glue each point-length into pairs, that kind of look like a boat.  6 inch strips together, 5 inch strips together. Glue the ends together.

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Step 8: Punch a hole through the very centre of each boat and through the bottom of the centre roll, as well.

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Step 9: Using a brad, start with the roll and push the brad through the hole.  Then, going from smallest boat to largest boat, arrange the boats into a bow shape (turning them a little bit to fill the bow space).

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Step 10: Seal your brad, at the back. Et voila!

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It looks great with double-sided paper, eh?!

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Ten Minute Tutu: A Timely Tutorial

It was Thursday.  The day of my daughter’s second birthday.  I have no money to spend on a lavish birthday girl and a daughter who doesn’t really “need” anything, but likes a lot of things.  I had a party to prepare for and a nap to take and a bunch of other things on my plate.  I had an idea of what I wanted to get for her, and was planning to make it, but ran out of time (another little tutorial coming, perhaps?).  My daughter loves dress-up.  I mean, LOVES dress-up.  Also, she likes to dance and be girly, so, I went to my scrap fabric cupboard and found some things that would work to make a quick tu-tu.

The ingredients:

1)about 1.5m of tulle (I just happened to have two colours)

2)enough elastic to fit around her waist (about 30cm)

3) scissors

4) my sewing machine (but you could totally sew the elastic by hand)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

1) I sewed the elastic into a circle.

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2) I cut the tulle into strips that were about 10 cm wide and the length of the whole fabric (so about 1m)dsc_1235

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

"Snuggle Bags": A Tutorial

Do you like snuggling up to read a book or watch a movie? Do your kids? I love having cozy blankets around the house and I usually wrap them around myself to get even more cozy. Here’s a cool little project to make a really useful blanket and sleeping bag all in one!! Also, it would make a fantastic baby or birthday gift!!I picked two kinds of fleece that had corresponding colours and had them cut to the same length. I ended up with a bag that was about 1.5 m long and 1m wide. Because you buy fabric that is double wide, you should have loads and loads to use for straps if you go with this length (or more, if you want a longer bag).Step 1: Cut both pieces of fleece to the right size for your creation (Note, the photos shows were taken to create a tutorial for a blanket. The only difference is the size of the fabric and that all four sides were closed in the blanket project.)dsc_6086Step 2: Cut lots of strips *from your extra fabric* to use as tags. The strips should be cut with the stretch of the fabric (I liked it better like that) and should be about 6 inches long by 3/4 inches wide. I used both the fabrics that I had because I liked the look of alternating them.dsc_6089Step 3: Punch or cut small slits about 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. These holes should be about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches apart. After trying both methods numerous times (I made two blankets and two snuggle bags) I prefer cutting each hole after having tied the knot at the previous hole, even though it felt more repetitive.dsc_6087dsc_6088Step 4: Fold the fabric strip in half and push it through the hole. You may need to use a narrow tip to help poke the fabric through. A bigger hole helps, but doesn’t always look better.dsc_6090Step 5: Put the two ends of the strip, up, through the loop.dsc_6091Step 6: And pull tight.dsc_6092Voila!Now, you just need to keep doing that aaaaall the way around the fabric. If you are making a bag, keep one of the narrow ends open to snuggle into, if you are making a taggie blanket, close ’em all. There are loads of ways that you can modify this project to suit your skills and your taste. You can make a pillow case, a seat cover, a poncho thing… It’s super quick and easy and your kids can join in, too, or even make their own! H helped me out by pulling the knots tight and S did too tried to climbed all over me while I knotted. The finished snuggle bag:dsc_60561The finished taggie blanket:dsc_6094

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

A Super Hero in 5 minutes

My kids are almost four and one-and-a-half. They love capes. We have quite a few of them in our dress-up bin. Whenever they have friends over, the capes come out and the kids rip around in them, inventing whatever super-hero fits the cape. The capes I’ve made are pretty much the easiest costume ever, and you can make them, too. All you need is an old shirt. I’ve used biiiiig shirts, that way there’s lots of neck room and fabric to flow behind you when running. You take the shirt and pick whatever side you want to use – front or back. I used shirts that came with logos… just because they were offered to me. Also, for the latest batch of capes I made, I used the shirt-front, because that’s where the logo was. Here are the steps you can follow to make your own super-easy, for-any-occasion, cape.

Step 1) Lay out the shirt, with the side up that you are going to use as your cape.dsc_6761Step 2) Cut around the edges (I took the serged edge off as my kids don’t like seams and tags). At the top, I curved the cut into a soft curve, instead of following the sleeves.dsc_6763 Continue reading A Super Hero in 5 minutes

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.