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Handmade Holidays for Kids

Posted by Vickie Howell on December 15, 2009 at 8:59 AM in ChristmasEco-Conscious CraftsGeneral CraftsGreat Gifts!
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I don't know about you, but as a parent I'm constantly trying to find that sweet spot between bringing up thoughtful, gratitude-filled children and spoiling them rotten.  It's not an easy task during these instant gratification-fueled times.  In our house though, I've found that it helps to teach the kids how much richer the gift of giving can be, when what they're giving has been made by their hands and infused with their creativity.  By allowing them to truly focus on the creation and purpose of a gift, they in turn seem to appreciate more what they are given.  It's funny how things work out.

This season, encourage your children to (literally) be hands-on during the gifting process especially, when it comes to what they're giving to their own friends.  With just a little time and even less money, there are tons of things that kids can craft-up; then wrap up.  Here are a few, simple gift ideas that they can make and give to each other!

Sweater-Sleeve Beanie
Sweater Sleeve Beanie

There's so much waste during the holiday season, I try to teach my boys how to recycle and reuse whenever possible.  One of my favorite ways to do that is by re-purposing something old into a completely different item. 

Over-sized sweaters (in abundance at thrift stores) can be turned into a multitude of things.  This beanie is a cool way for kids to venture into refashioning, without needing to know how to work a sewing machine.  To make it, cut the sleeve off a Men's XL sweater.  Roll the bottom edge so unraveled edge is covered, and whip stitch into place using a needle and embroidery floss.  Cinch the top off, by wrapping and knotting a piece of yarn around the sleeve, about 8" above the rolled brim.  Let the excess sleeve hang off for a stocking cap look, or snip shorter for a beanie.

You can get 2-4 beanies (depending on the actual size of sweater and age of hat recipients), and still have the body fabric leftover for a future project! 

Friendship Pins
Friendship Pins

Slide multiple colors of seed beads onto small, safety pins. They can be worn on shoes (we used to stack as many as possible on our shoelaces, when I was a kid), or collected on string to be made into a necklace or bracelet.  Trade them with friends or even, make them for your whole class!  The look super sweet, wrapped in cellophane with a bow, sealed in tiny envelopes or nestled in jewelry boxes.

Bottle Cap Magnets
Bottle Cap Magnets

Recycle those soda caps into shimmery magnets perfect for posting holiday artwork on the fridge.   Cover the inside with a coat of craft paint, sprinkle with glitter while wet, glue in a snowflake sequin, and stick a magnet to the back.  Little elves can give bunches of these to their buddies --they look especially cute, stuck to the bottom of a small, holiday tin!

Pom-Pom Earrings
Pom-Pom Earrings

For under 25 cents per pair, the kids can make these adorably festive Pom-Pom Earrings.  Packages of both poms and earring posts (or clip-ons, for non-pierced ears) can be found at most craft stores.  Use regular or hot glue (recommended) to adhere a pom to post per earring.  They're so quick to whip up, your little fashionista can whip them up in every color for all of her B/F/Fs!  (Psst...parents!  Bookmark this idea for your gal's next birthday party.  Provide supplies for each guest to make their own and take with them as their favor!)

What ways are you teaching your children the spirit of giving?  From parent to Craft Apparent, share your ideas here!

Until next time, Happy (Handmade) Holidays!

xo,
Vickie

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Washed-Up Wishes: Crocheted Gift Washcloths

Posted by Vickie Howell on December 3, 2009 at 9:42 AM in ChristmasCrochetGreat Gifts!Tutorial
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Kitschy Version
Cotton Christmas Cloth

Stitching washcloths is a great way to learn to crochet or if you already know how, then to practice new stitches.  They also make the perfect, portable project to work on while waiting at doctors appointments or watching soccer games.  Paired with an organic bar of soap (easily found at natural food stores), they also happen to make fantastic gifts for teachers, colleagues and party hosts! 

I've whipped-up two cloths for your Craft Apparent pleasure: a Kitschy Christmas version that's simple enough for beginners, and an Earthy Yulekwanzukkah version for those with a bit of crochet experience.  Feel free to ditch my color choices completely though, and keep this project in mind for any time you need a little giftie or, just want to treat yourself! 

MATERIALS

1 ball each of sport or worsted-weight cotton yarn (found in most craft stores) in colors: Olive Green & Red (Kitschy Version) OR Taupe (Earthy Version)
Size US “I” (5.5mm) Hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Yarn Needle

GAUGE
(How many stitches per inch you get.)
4 sts= 1”

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc= double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
MB = make bobble

DIRECTIONS

Kitschy Version:
With olive green yarn, ch 34.
Bottom Striped Section:
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch to the end. (33 sts)  Cut yarn.  Turn.
Row 2: Join red yarn, Ch 3 (always counts as 1st dc), dc in next st.  Dc in every st to end. Cut yarn.  Turn.
Row 3: Join olive yarn. Ch 1 (always counts as 1st sc), sc in next st.  Sc in every st to end.  Cut yarn.  Turn.
Row 4: Join red yarn.  Ch 3, dc in next st.  Dc in every st to end. Cut yarn.  Turn.
Rows 5-6: Repeat Rows 3-4.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3.

Stripe Close-Up
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Main Section:
Continue with olive yarn.
Row 8: Ch 3, dc in next st in next st.  Dc in every st to end.  Turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in next st in st.  Sc in every st to end.  Turn.
Rows 10-19: Repeat Rows 8-9.

Top Striped Section:
Rows 20-25: Repeat Rows 2-3.  Tie off.

Border:
Join red yarn at one corner of your cloth.
Ch1, sc evenly around entire cloth, taking care to sc TWICE at all corners.  Tie off.
Tip:  When working the side border, you'll likely need 2 sc in every dc st.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. 

Earthy Version

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Earthy Version:
With taupe yarn, ch 33.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch to the end. (32 sts)  Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (always counts as 1st dc), dc in next st.  Dc in every st to end. Turn.
Row 3: Ch1 (always counts as 1st sc), sc in next st.  Sc in every st. to end.  Turn.
Rows 4-5: Repeat Rows 2-3
Row 6 (Bobble Row): Ch 3, 2dc, **MB (*Wrap yarn counter-clockwise around hook once and insert it into both loops of the stitch from row below; wrap yarn counter-clockwise around hook again and draw it through the first loop [3 loops on hook]; wrap yarn around hook again and draw it through the first two loops [2 loops on hook]; repeat from * four more times [6 loops on hook]; wrap yarn around hook for the last time and draw it through all six loops [1 loop on hook]), 3dc.  Repeat from ** until end.  Turn.

Subtle Bobble Close-Up
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Row 7: Repeat Row 3.
Repeat Rows 4-7, TWICE more.
Repeat Rows 4-5 TWICE more.  Tie off.

Border:
Join yarn at one corner of your cloth.
Ch1, sc evenly around entire cloth, taking care to sc TWICE at all corners.  Tie off.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

For crochet tutorials, check out the How-To section on my website.

Yours in holiday craftiness,
Vickie

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'Tis the (Crafty) Season

Posted by Vickie Howell on November 29, 2009 at 2:32 PM in ChristmasEco-Conscious CraftsEmbroideryGeneral CraftsKnittingPainting
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Hey there!  Just a quick, post T-day check in to get your winter holiday, creative juices flowing.  I'll be back with a new project how-to post in a couple of days but in the meantime I thought I'd show you a few things from holidays past that you might want to make this year with your little elves (I listed recommended ages for giving these a try, but you know your kiddo's abilities so just go with your gut.)

Recycled Shopping Bag Wreath: Ages 5+
(Click here for instructions)
 Waste-Free Wreath(Reposted courtesy of Kiwi Magazine.)

Punch Embroidered Tea Towels
: Ages 10+ (Makes great, Grandma Gift!)
(Click here for How-To Video)
Lifetime Project: Tea Towell
(Project Originally Seen on myLifetime.com)

Knit-Print Wrapping Paper
: Ages 3+
(Click here for How-To)
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(Project originally seen on ILovetoCreate.com)

Felted Candy Cane Purse: Ages 7+
(Click here for the Pattern)
Candy Striper FElted Purse

Stay tuned this week, for a great gift idea for teachers, Aunties, and party hosts!

Crafty Holidays!,
Vickie
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Hello, My Frame Is

Posted by Vickie Howell on November 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM in General CraftsGreat Gifts!PaintingThanksgiving Projects
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Alter Frame

Thanksgiving is a day for creating memories and celebrating family.  My favorite physical manifestation of that are personalized, handmade frames to honor the people whom I consider to be my biggest blessings.  They're easy to make, the design possibilities are endless AND they make great, holiday table decor (for birthdays and anniversaries, too!)  Get your kids involved by handing them a paint brush or even, just letting them choose the pictures to be displayed.  Seeing smiling faces coming out of your awesome little alters is a great reward for being creative.  For you, my crafty parent compadres, I am thankful!

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Materials
Freestanding Wood Frame
Craft Paint
Sponge Brushes
Fabric, Vinyl or Decorative Paper
Decoupage Medium
Glitter
Photo
Letter Pieces
Hot Glue/Gun OR Tacky Glue
Scissors

How-To
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  • Place frame face down on the fabric, vinyl or paper that you've chosen to embellish the front.  With a pen or pencil, trace around the face of the frame and inside square.  Cut out; set aside.
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  • Paint entire frame with desired color; sprinkle glitter over frame feet--I used the leftover orange from the Leaf Print Place Mat and Pumpkin Place Cards.  Why not watch our pennies and coordinate our decor all in one swoop, right?

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  • Trim your fabric (vinyl or paper) to just a wee bit smaller than frame front, so the painted border will show.  Spread a thin layer of decoupage medium on back of fabric and center on frame; smooth down.  Paint another layer over the fabric AND the rest of the frame back and sides (excluding the glittered feet), to seal.  Let dry.

  • Glue letters (I found mine in the Scrapbook section of the craft store, but you could also use magazine cut-outs or a paint pen) into place.  Since my photo was of my baby girl enjoying her food, I spelled out "Yum".  You could also use the date, a child's name, or a word describing the photo.  Whatever floats your gravy boat. :)

Tips for Using Frames at Your Holiday Gathering
  • Make one with a picture of each guest at your adult table to use as take-home place cards.

  • Place 3 or more frames in a grouping as a centerpiece on your main table.

  • Place a few frames with pictures from family vacations, parties or other celebrations around the food table.  This will likely spark conversations about great memories from those events!

  • Every year take a picture of your child eating his or her favorite T-day food and make a special frame for it.  Each year bring the frames out to decorate for the holiday, as proof that your yummy food grows beautiful children!


Got any other great ideas for getting the kids involved and making them feel like a special part of this year's Thanksgiving Day celebration?  Post in the comments section; we'd love to hear them!

Have a safe, happy holiday filled with family and love!

Yours in Craftiness,
Vickie

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Show Us Your Crafts!

Posted by Vickie Howell on November 17, 2009 at 2:16 PM in Announcements
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This just in: we started a brand, spankin' new Flickr group to share pictures of your awesome, Craft Apparent crafts in!  Embroider a trick or treat tote from our "Wicked Stitch" article?  We wanna see it!  Made a Halloween outfit, using our Snapsuit Baby Costume instructions?  Show us, please!  Got pics of your little ones, working away on leaf print mats from this month's T-Day Table Decor project?  Well what're you waitin' for, upload 'em!

Join the Craft Apparent Flickr Group today, to see and share the great stuff you and your kiddos are making.

Hope to see you there (I joined; my screen name is CraftRockLove)!

xo,
Vickie

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T-Day Table Decor

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Happy November, fellow crafty parents! Chances are you've already started thinking about Thanksgiving Day (but don't worry if you haven't, there's still plenty of time), and how to make your family's celebration extra special.  We often put much effort into the main dinner table--making sure that it looks as inviting as the food that will be served on it.  A common afterthought however, is the kids' table; a place for the T-Day tots to have their own dining space.  Today on Craft Apparent, I show how to honor that space by using fall leaves to print on no-sew place mats (sized down to accommodate smaller plates), and make glittered pumpkin place cards for each of your little guests.  Finish decorating by covering their table in colorful burlap and sprinkle with leaves and candy corn--you'll find that even the tiniest of diners will appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Who knows, now they may never want to graduate to the "big people's" table!

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Materials
Place mat:
Unbleached Cotton Fabric
Iron-on Adhesive (found in the Sewing aisle of the craft store)
Iron
Scissors
Decorative Ribbon
Fabric Fusion Glue
Fabric Paint
Sponge Brush
Fall Leaf
Letter Stamps & Stamp Pad

Pumpkin Place Card:
Small Pumpkin
Tacky Glue
Sponge Brush
Orange Glitter
Letter Brackets (found in the Scrapbooking aisle of the craft store)

Place Mat How-To


  • Cut 2, 9"x13" pieces of fabric and 1, 9"x13" piece of iron-on adhesive.  Following adhesive manufacturer's instructions, sandwich between fabric and iron together to make place mat.
  • Sponge brush a thin layer of fabric paint over the front side of a leaf.  Place face down on fabric and press.  Repeat this step across fabric to create printed design; leave blank space for text. Note: If you live in a part of the country that doesn't have a ton of great, fall leaves, fake ones from the craft store will work just as well!
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  • Using letters and ink, stamp "I am thankful for..." on blank space of mat. Note:  If stamps are unavailable, hand write message using fabric markers.  They work great, too!
  • Cut 9" lengths of decorative ribbon and glue on to each end of mat.  Well, fancy mat, you're done! ;-)
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T-Day Tips:
  • Encourage your children to finish the sentence on their place mat by telling you what they're thankful for.
  • For all-day affairs, set up a crafts table for kids to do their own leaf printing and pumpkin glittering!

Pumpkin Place Card How-To

  • Sponge brush a liberal amount of Tacky Glue on the top of wee pumpkin.  Make glue line uneven, to give more of a dripping effect.
  • Pour glitter over glue.  Let dry.  Shake excess off.
  • Push letter brackets (to spell child's name) into pumpkin front.
  • Place pumpkin place card at each child's place setting, so they know there's a special seat just for them!

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Stay tuned in two weeks for the dish on a picture perfect project, designed with your family photo in mind. Until then, happy Fall crafting!

xo,
Vickie

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Wicked Stitch--Embroidered Trick or Treat Totes

Posted by Vickie Howell on October 20, 2009 at 8:59 AM in EmbroideryHalloween ProjectsParent/Child CollaborationTutorial
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Wicked Stitch Totes


One of my favorite ways to encourage kids to be creative is by collaborating with them on projects.  A simple but rewarding way to do this is by embroidering their artwork onto fabric; making it a usable keepsake.  In the past I've stitched my sons' artwork onto journals, t-shirts and even a birthday card pillow for Nana.  The possibilities for this technique are endless, including incorporating it into your Halloween celebration!

This year, sweeten a Trick or Treat tote with scary sketches done by your little devils.  Kiddos will feel proud displaying their talents, and parents will have a crafty record of darlings' doodles to save for years to come. Oh and if you've never embroidered before, no problem!  This project requires only using one, easy stitch: the back stitch.  Here's everything you'll need to know to make one of these boo-tiful bags yourself!

Materials
Paper & Pencil (for child's drawing)
Plain, Canvas Tote Bag
Assorted Colors, Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Transfer Paper (found in art supply aisle at craft store)
Note: Be sure to buy light colored transfer paper if you're working with a dark, tote bag and dark paper for lighter versions.

Embroidery Before/After
"Fracking Stine" (aka Frankenstein) artwork by Tristan, age 7.  Ghost artwork by Tanner, age 9.

Project How-To
  • Ask your child to draw a simple, picture of something Halloween-related. The less detailed the drawing, the easier it is to translate into an embroidered image.
  • Lay transfer paper, face down on tote bag.  Lay drawing, face up on top of transfer paper.  Using a pencil, stylus or anything pointy (a knitting needle, works great), firmly trace over drawing.  Image should now be transferred onto tote bag front.
  • Place tote bag front in embroidery hoop.  Back stitch over transferred image outline.

    Psst! Got older kids?  Have them do the embroidery themselves!

Back Stitch Tutorial

Backstitch Step 1

Step 1:  Knot embroidery thread end.  Starting from the backside of the piece, come up through fabric at Point A (just pick a starting point on the outline).

 Backstitch Step 2

Step 2: Come back down with your needle at Point B (about 1/8" from Point A--stitches do not need to be exact); pull thread through.  Your first stitch is now complete!

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Step 3: Come up through the back at Point C; pull thread through.  Your second stitch is now complete!

Back Stitch Step 4
Repeat Step 3, coming up through the fabric about 1/8" from the stitch before, until design is finished.  Knot end.  Snip thread.
 
Spooky Stitching!,
Vickie

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Snapsuit Baby Costumes

Posted by Vickie Howell on October 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM in Baby/ToddlerGeneral CraftsHalloween ProjectsSewing
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(L-R: Strong Man, Munchkin, Wee Witch & Baby Sasquatch Costumes)

Hey there and welcome to the very first article on the PBS Parents' CRAFT APPARENT blog! I'm Vickie Howell, and I'll be your guide to all things craft-- with and for your kiddos. As the mother of 7 & 9 year old boys and a 4-month-old girl, I'm inspired on a daily basis by my children. They're often my creative muses as well as both recipients and collaborators on projects I make. Like most parents though, I struggle to juggle family with life's other obligations. There's not a lot of time and in this economy especially, not a lot of extra money--if we're going to nourish our creative sides, then it needs to fit into both our schedules and our budgets. CRAFT APPARENT is right there with you; focusing on get-crafty projects for you and your kids that only require a little bit of time and cash!

Today I'm showing how to create unique and adorable costumes for your little goblin; all beginning with a plain, white snap suit (ya know, those one-piece rompers that have a name that's trademarked ;-)). They're easy to assemble (with both sew & no-sew options), can be made in a few hours, and all cost under $20. Hooray for Halloween!

Here's the scoop.

Basic Materials (all costumes)
White, Baby Snap Suit
Scissors
Sewing Pins
Iron
Fabric Glue, Sewing Machine OR Needle & Thread (your choice)
Marking Pen
Measuring Tape
Safety Pin

Strong Man

Model: Quinn Corcoran

Strong Man Extra Materials
Pot of Coffee
1/8-1/4" yd Leopard Fabric (depending on size)
Black Embroidery Thread & Needle
Small Amount, Black Yarn & Felt

Strong Man How-To

  • Naturally dye snap suit by simmering on the stove top, in a large pot filled with 8-10 cups of already made coffee. The longer you let it soak, the darker the snap suit's "skin tone" will be. Rinse thoroughly; let dry.
  • To make leopard front, lay a small piece of fabric over snap suit. Using a marker, trace the outline of an over-the-shoulder-type loin cloth on top of fabric (Doesn't need to be perfect!); add 1/4" around. Cut out.

    Fold over rough edges 1/4" & press with iron to create hem. Glue or sew hems.

    Machine, hand-sew or glue leopard piece to snap suit at the crotch, sides and shoulder. Make sure to leave a little bit of give room for baby belly!

  • To make chest sprouts, use needle to pull knotted pieces of embroidery thread through from the underside of snap suit. Snip pieces to about 1". Rub between fingers to fray.
  • To make mini-barbell, braid 3, 10" bunches of yarn; knot at both ends. Cut out 4, small circles (juice glasses make a great template) of black felt. Sandwich yarn between 2 felt circles and glue or sew together. Repeat on opposite end.



Munchkin

Model: Clover Campbell

Munchkin Extra Materials
1/8"-1/4" Solid Color Fabric (depending on size)
Small Piece, Patterned Fabric
Fusible Tape (Optional: Only for a no-sew version)
1 yd., 1" Wide Ribbon
Plastic Cup
Fake Flower
Small Amount, Green Tulle
2 Buttons (optional)
Scraps of RicRac, Lace and/or other Embellishments
Baby Headband
White Craft Paint & Sponge Brush
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Stick

Munchkin How-To

  • To make skirt, measure around baby's waist to give you measurement "x". Multiply "x" by 2. That number will give you the pre-gathered, skirt width "y". Cut "y" x 9"(length) piece of solid color fabric. Note: Add 1"-2" in length for older babies.

    Cut 7"x 9" (or whatever the length of other piece is) piece of contrasting fabric.

    Hem sides and bottoms of both pieces by pressing 1/2" and sewing, gluing or using fusible tape to secure.

    Center contrasting piece on solid fabric; fold top edge of both pieces over 1 1/2" and sew or glue or fuse (using 1 1/4" seam allowance) to secure. This will create a ribbon channel.

    Use safety pin to feed ribbon through channel. Gather skirt, tie a bow and trim ribbon.

  • Decorate snap suit by attaching decorative RicRac & ruffle to collar & sleeves. Hand-sew buttons to bodice. Important: Do not glue--buttons are a choking hazard if not secure!
  • To make flower pot head piece, paint plastic cup. Let dry. Embellish with Ric-Rac at top and bottom of cup.
  • Cover inside bottom of cup with liberal amount of hot glue. Place flower in center; stuff in tulle. Hot glue flower pot to headband.


Wee Witch

Model: Talullah Boehk

Wee Witch Extra Materials
Black, Washing Machine Fabric Dye (iDye, RIT, etc.)
1/4" Each, Orange & Black Tulle
2 Pieces, Orange, Stiff Craft Felt
2, 1 yd Pieces of Decorative Ribbon
Black Needle & Thread
Orange Thread (Optional)
RicRac, Ribbon, Sequin or other Embellishments
Plastic Spiders
Stripey Leggings

Wee Witch How-To

  • Dye snap suit in washing machine, using black fabric dye and following manufacturer's instructions. Wash & let dry.
  • Embellish onsie by sewing or gluing RicRa to collar. Hand-sew spider to sollar. Important: Do not glue--plastic spiders are a choking hazard if not secure!
  • To make skirt, hold black & orange 1/4" yard tulle pieces together; fold in half length-wise.
    Use a needle and thread to make a running stitch about 2" from fold. Pull on thread ends to gather.

    Use safety pin to feed 1 piece of ribbon through channel. Gather skirt, tie a bow and trim ribbon.

    Hand sew plastic spiders to skirt front.

    Cut up skirt bottom to desired length--the more jagged the spookier!

  • To make hat, use a dinner plate to trace a semi-circle onto orange felt. Cut out semi-circle, then cut it in half--you'll use just one of those pieces. Roll 1/4 circle piece into a cone. Hand sew or glue seam. Trace around the circumference of the cone opening onto the 2nd piece of felt. Center salad place over the circle you've just drawn and trace a larger circle around it. Cut out both outer & inner circles to create brim. With right sides facing, stick cone inside inner circle; glue or hand sew into place.

    Glue buckle adornment onto hat, above brim.

    Cut piece of ribbon in half; hand sew pieces evenly, to underside of brim.



Baby Sasquatch

Model: Clover Campbell

Baby Sasquatch Extra Materials
Brown, Washing Machine Fabric Dye (iDye, RIT, etc.)
1/2 yd, Tan, Faux Fur
1/4" Wide Baby Elastic
1/2" Wide Elastic
Scraps, Tan Fabric

Baby Sasquatch How-to

  • Dye snap suit in washing machine, using brown fabric dye and following manufacturer's instructions. Wash & let dry.
  • Use a marker to draw chest & belly shapes on the back of faux fur. Cut out. Glue or sew to snap suit front.
  • To make legs, measure around the chunkiest part of baby's thigh; add 2" to that measurement. Measure length from thigh to heel. Using those measurements, cut out 2 rectangle pieces of faux fur. Cut 1/4" wide elastic pieces to baby's thigh measurement (without adding extra 2").

    Hem the top and bottom ends of one rectangle by folding raw edges over 1/2" and machine or hand sewing. Use safety pin to feed elastic through top hem of piece. With right sides facing, fold faux fur in half width-wise. Machine or hand-sew up the back. Turn right side out. Repeat for other leg.

  • To make headband, measure baby's head; add 2" to that measurement giving you measurement "x". Cut out faux fur strip that measures 2" by "x". With right sides facing, fold strip in half width wise. Seam up; turn right side out.

    Cut piece of elastic to baby's head measurement (without adding extra 2"). Feed elastic through headband; fold in half and sew ends together to form a circle.

Craft.Rock.Boo!,
Vickie


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