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Wrist Wranglers

Posted by Vickie Howell on February 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM in General CraftsTutorial
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Much like the Friendship Pins featured in a previous installment of Craft Apparent, Friendship Bracelets are a crafty staple in a kid's social life.  Making and trading these treasures encourages our children to place value on putting time, thought and effort into gift giving.

There are many different methods of making Friendship Bracelets but in my humble opinion, Japanese Braiding (aka "Kumihimo") is the simplest and most instantly gratifying of all of the techniques.  Since fast & easy= good and setting kids up for creative success is key, this craft is a win-win in my book!

Materials
Cardboard Piece
Cup (Any Size)
Pencil or Pen
Scissors
Various Colors of Yarn Scraps
Measuring Tape

How-To Make Bracelet
  • You'll need a braiding disk before you can get started.  To make your own, trace around a cup onto cardboard.  Cut circle out; poke a hole in the center, and cut 8 slits, evenly around.
  • Measure wrist then cut 7 strands of yarn (in desired colors) that are at least double that measurement.  Hold strands together; poke them through the center hole of the disk.  Leaving a 2" tail, tie a knot to keep the yarn in place.  
Japanese Braiding Tutorial
How-To Japanese Braiding

  • Place yarn strands in 7 of the 8 slots of your disk.  Turn the empty slot to the bottom.
  • Move the third string from the empty slot, into the empty slot.
  • Rotate disk so the empty slot is on the bottom.

Underside View of Set-up
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  • Repeat the last 3 steps until cord is the desired length.  Remove strings from disk.
  • Knot the 2 ends of the cord to create bracelet.

Kumihimo Friendship Bracelets


Keep in mind, Japanese Braiding is a portable craft so your son or daughter can make bracelets in front of the TV, while waiting in the doctors office, or in the backseat of a car.

Special thanks to the Craft Yarn Council and the Weavers of Orlando, for sharing this technique with me!

xx,
Vickie
Vickie

Hearts for Haiti

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It's that time of year when love & friendship are in the air!  As your children gear-up to give cards and chow down on chocolates remind them that nuthin' says luvin', like something handmade!  

This year the kids have the opportunity to open their hearts not only to their loved ones but also, the victims of the horrific earthquake in Haiti.  Encourage the kids to get crafty.  In addition to making heart-related projects for friends and loved ones, how about making some extras to sell to neighbors, relatives and other safe buyers? 

I've put together 3, love-inspired crafts: an embellished frame, plastic canvas pouch and recycled wreath--none of which are too difficult for a child under 10 to handle.  If you'd like, use these with your kiddos to start (or continue) a dialogue about charity, compassion and humanitarian responsibility.

Children often feel helpless in the face of tragedy but with the willingness to use their hands (and their hearts), they're really quite powerful!  Their crafts can make money for those who need it most and even if they're only able to raise a dollar or two, their efforts set in motion a universal, "pay it forward" plan!

Heartfelt Frame

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Embellished Frame Materials:
Unfinished, Wooden Frame (You can find these for about $1 at one of the craft store chains.)
Pink Craft Paint
Gloss Varnish or Collage Medium
Sponge Brush
Pink Glitter
Scrabble Letters
Glue

Frame How-To:
  • Paint frame front and back, applying a second coat if necessary.  Let dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of gloss coat.  Let dry.

  • Glue Scrabble letters in place.
  • Apply a layer of glue around the edge of the frame opening.  Sprinkle with glitter.  Let dry; shake off excess.

Pass the (Love) Note Pouch
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Plastic Canvas Pouch Materials:
2, Plastic Canvas Hearts (Available in craft store Embroidery sections)
1, Yarn Needle (The plastic ones work great, especially for younger kids!)
Red Yarn
Scraps of Turquoise Yarn
Scrap of White Fabric
Sentimental Stamp & Stamp Pad
Fabric Glue or Needle & Thread

Pouch How-To:
  • Using red yarn & needle, fill in plastic canvas heart with stitches.  Plastic canvas looks like a graph; you're stitches with be a series of diagonals.  To sew a stitch, come up through a square on one row then down through the square caddy-corner to it, one row above.  Once finished, repeat for 2nd heart.

    With wrong sides together and using turquoise yarn, whip stitch heart sides and bottom together.  Whip stitch around the tops of both hearts to create decorative edging.
  • Stamp a saying or lovey design onto a piece of fabric.  Cut out and glue or sew onto heart front.
  • Slip a sweet message into your new, cute pouch !

Love's Recyclable Wreath
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Plastic Bag Wreath Materials:
1, Wire Coat Hanger
Wire Cutters
Pliers
Scissors
5-7 Plastic, Grocery Bags
Decorative Ribbon

Wreath How-To:
  • Untwist the hook part of a hanger, enough to separate the ends.  Bend hanger wire into heart shape; use pliers to re-twist ends to secure (see example here).  Use wire cutters to snip off excess part of hanger.
  • Cut plastic grocery bags into 1"-2"strips--they don't need to be perfect or pretty.  Fold a strip in half, then tie it onto the wire heart.  Repeat all the way around until entire heart is nice and packed with bag strips.  Give wreath a "hair cut" to make heart-shape more apparent.
  • Cut desired length of ribbon; loop through back of wreath; tie a bow.

Tips for Selling Crafts for Charity
  • Set up an online store through Etsy!  It costs pennies, there's no minimum for how many items you have to sell at one time, and you can upload pictures of your child's finished products right from your home computer!  Make sure you also set up a Paypal account so people can purchase from you (this will obviously have to be under the parent's name as a checking account is required).
  • Get permission from principal or leader to sell crafts at school or church. 
  • Ask a local business for permission to set up a small table in front of their store on a weekend day.
  • Set up a limited time auction on Ebay.
  • If you'd prefer to sell only to relatives & friends, upload pictures of their products to Flickr or other photo sharing program, so the goods are viewable when your child calls or e-mails people to tell them about what he/she's doing
Where to Donate Cash Raised
Here are a few suggestions of charities that are sure to get the money to Haiti as soon as possible.

Find more charities here.

Remember, Valentine's Day isn't the only time to show a little love.  The people of Haiti are going to need help for the rest of the year too, as well as the foreseeable future.  Even if your family can't afford to donate money of your own, consider offering some handmade help whenever you can.

Happy Valentine's Day from Craft Apparent!

xx,
Vickie
Vickie

Crowning Achievement: Fabric Birthday Toppers

Posted by Vickie Howell on January 15, 2010 at 7:58 AM in BirthdayGeneral CraftsSewing
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Make this year extra-special by creating a customized crown for your birthday boy or girl!  Metallic fabric & sequin highlight the royal awesomeness of kiddo's big day, while a contrasting cloth lining personalizes the piece with his or her favorite color or theme--my sons both chose linings to reflect their winter birthdays! 

With either sew or no-sew options this project is easily make-able, no matter your crafty level of expertise.  Put one together every year as a keepsake or simply, replace the sequin number as your child gets older.  Either way you'll have a reusable treasure that can be broken out for special occasions, or kept in the costume box for year 'round razzle-dazzle! 

Materials
1/8 yd, Metallic Fabric
1/8 yd., Contrasting Fabric (for Lining)
1/8 yd., Iron-on Adhesive
Sequin Trimming
Straight Edge
Measuring Tape
Sewing Pins
Pencil
Fabric Scissors
Iron
Sewing Machine & Contrasting Thread OR Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Make It
  • Loosely measure child's head, allowing room for hair not to be too smooshed.  Add 1/4" to that measurement giving you your length,number, "L" .

  • Cut 4"x L" pieces of metallic fabric, lining fabric and iron-on adhesive.

  • Sandwich the iron-on adhesive piece in between the pieces of fabric (with right-sides of fabric facing out).  Following the adhesive's manufacturing instructions, iron the three pieces together.

  • Using a straight edge and pencil draw a zig-zag, evenly across the top of the lining side of the piece.  Cut along lines, creating crown points.

  • Using a 1/4" seam allowance and either a straight or decorative setting on your sewing machine, top-stitch around the metallic side of crown.  (THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL.  CROWN WILL STAY ASSEMBLED WITHOUT SEWING)

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  • Layout sequin trimming (pinning if necessary) in shape of desired number, on the center-front of crown.  Either machine sew or hot glue in place.
  • With wrong sides facing and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew or hot glue crown ends together.  Turn right side out.  If you choose the sewn option, top stitch over seam.

Birthday Crowns

Tristan's 8!

Hey, happy birthday to those beautiful, Craft Apparent kids!

xo,
Vickie

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Vickie

Artful Appreciation: DIY Thank You Notes

Posted by Vickie Howell on January 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM in EmbroideryGeneral CraftsParent/Child CollaborationThank Yous
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In the age of e-mail correspondence the paper "Thank You" note is often a lost art.  Raising grateful children however, definitely isn't.   Help your tots celebrate the gift of creativity while they give back some of the love and energy that's surely put into the presents they receive.  Handmade notes are a thoughtful (and fun) way to express that appreciation.  Here are three, simple-to-make cards to stitch, snap or glue!

Make it Sew!
Embroidered Card
It's easy to say it with stitching, when you start off with a basic note card!  Have your child write "Thanks" in pencil on the card front--their handwriting, no matter how messy, will add that extra-special touch!  Using embroidery floss, a sharp needle and the back stitch (see tutorial here), stitch over the writing.  Add little stitched dots or lines, for added embellishment.  So sweet, SEW simple!

Glued Greeting
Ransom (thank you) Note
All kiddo needs for this card collage is a glue stick and a dream!  Ok well, also a pair of scissors, a doily and recycled magazine letters--but you know what I mean.  They'll have loads of fun cutting up pages and piecing together their creation.  If you want to say "Thank You", why not just spell it out?

Picture Perfect
Photo Card
This one is the easiest and probably, most well-received (at least amongst the grandparent set) of all handmade hellos.  Whether it be Christmas, birthday or any other present-getting event; after unwrapping their goodies have the kids pose for a picture! Simply write your greeting on plain, white paper and have them hold those signs up.  Snap a shot; have copies printed up; glue them on card stock and embellish with a little ric-rac.  That's all there is to it!

How important do you think teaching kids to write Thank You notes is?  At what age do you think children should participate in writing (or signing) their own?
  Please post your answers in the comments section.

Thank YOU for making Craft, Apparent!

xo,
Vickie

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Kids Home. Need Project?

Posted by Vickie Howell on December 27, 2009 at 8:31 PM in General Crafts
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Happy post, Chrikwayuleukkah!  Looking for a little something to keep your kids busy during the remaining days of their winter vacation?  I thought so.  That's why I'm jumping on for a quick "hello" in between regular articles, to share I project I used to occupy my own boys during a vacation past.

I don't know about you but when it comes to kid clothes shopping, I get many the request for one character shirt or another (Star Wars, Sponge Bob, Halo, etc.).  Recently however, I suggested that perhaps, my sons might want to draw their own versions of one of their favorites. This actually got them really excited--praise the crafty Gods! With a little persuasion and a pack of pens my boys created their shirts, their way: featuring Super Mario Bros. Ba-bomb guys. It was a good compromise if you ask me!

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Materials
Plain, light-colored t-shirt
Tulip Fabric Markers
Cardboard (Recycled box pieces, work great!)
Clothespins and/or Masking Tape

How-to
1. Have your child sketch out their idea on a piece of scrap paper (optional).

2. Stretch t-shirt out over cardboard; secure with tape or clothespins.

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3. Hand your little artist a pack of Fabric Markers and let him work his drawing magic, directly on the shirt.

With a little bit of time and almost no clean-up, your creative child has a wearable work of art that fits whatever his current, character fancy!

xo,
Vickie

This project article was originally written for ILovetoCreate.com.
Vickie

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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'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
Vickie

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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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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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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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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