7 DIY Projects to Make for Mom: baby blocks, handprints and photo flowers

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Mom’s love handmade gifts and all these projects can be whipped up quickly!  The vase is filled with photos flowers and the shadowbox is has been stamped with painted “mommy and me” hand-prints.

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Photo Flowers

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Pearl and Chevron Drop Necklace

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Decoupage Gift Box with Burlap Flowers

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Hand-print Shadow Box

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Family Recipe File

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Chalk Finish Love Frame

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Sewing Tutorial: Stitch a Fabric Memory Matching Game

Sewing Tutorial: Stitch a Fabric Memory Matching Game
This quick and easy project is perfect for using up little scraps of fabric.  Kids will love playing with and when it gets dirty you can just toss the squares into the wash.
 Look for prints that kids will love.  For me, that means raiding my fabric bins.
You will also need a fabric for the backs.
You will need:
backing fabric
(i used birch trees – this will be the same for each square)
fun bold prints
 
cotton batting
sewing supplies
You will need to make two matching squares per print.
You can make as many pairs of squares as you wish.
For each set of matching squares:
Cut two 5″x5″ squares of a matching print, a background print and cotton batting.
Position one backing fabric square and one matching print right-sides together.  Place onto of the cotton batting square and pin around the edges.
Sew around the edges.  Make sure you leave a small opening for turning.
Clip the corners to remove bulk.
Turn right-side out and top-stitch around the outer edge.  Repeat for all the remaining squares.
I also stitched up a little zipper bag to hold all the squares.
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How to sew a kids soft book

Hey fabric hounds, mommies, aunts, grandmas and stitching fellas!  Here’s an awesome project that uses up scraps of fabric.  Of course if you are a fabric junkie like me…..then I am sure you will want to visit your fabric shop and snag some prints to use.

The cover is a chevron print by Riley Blake Designs and the jumbo ric rac is theirs too.

This book is a “seek and find” book so I used prints that encourage counting, learning and exploring.  I also used prints that are story starters and a little educational too.

They are simple to put together and they are easy enough for beginner stitchers.

Let’s Get Started

You will need:

For the pages: 12″ x 12″ cotton squares (you need 4 per page panel + 2 for the cover)
For the cover: 12″ x 24″cotton retanngle
Cotton batting (thin)
Scissors
Sewing machine and accessories
Jumbo Ric Rac
Scrap Fabric for Applique
Fusible Webbing
Button
Fabric Glue
Sharp Large Eye Needle
Embroidery Floss

For making the page panels: begin with two 12″ x 12″ fabric squares.

Position them right sides to right sides and pin down the center (be careful to pay attention to pattern alinement). Sew.

Repeat with two more pages.

Cut some cotton batting to fit the page panel.

Place two page panels right-sides together (match the center seams).  Position the cotton batting on one side.  Pin and sew around the outer edge (leave and opening for turning).

After sewing, clip the corners to remove the bulk.

Turn right-side out and press.  Pin the opening closed.  Top-stitch around the outer edge.

Free-form sew across the page panel.  This will hold the pages together when washing.

Prep the remaining pieces and sew in the same fashion.

Make the cover.

For the cover you will need 1 large rectangle and 2 squares sewn together.  Stitch them together with cotton batting as described above.

 Top-stitch around the edge.

 Pin and sew Jumbo Ric Rac around the outer edge of the book cover.

Free-form sew through all the layers of fabric to secure for washing.

Apply fusible webbing to the back of the applique fabric.  Sketch a design to applique. Cut out the design.

Position the applique, iron and satin stitch around the outer edge to secure.

Add a drop of fabric glue to the back of a button eye and stitch to secure.

Line up the cover and page panels so all the centers meet.  Hand sew through the center of each layer working your way down the spine of the fabric book.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a thimble and needle puller.

Spine views.

Back of book.

Hours of imagination building and play!
Happy Crafting!
Cathie and Steve

Plaid Craft TV: Kids Play Kitchen and Toy Cake

play kitchen from a small dresser

A dream-come-true for budding chefs: a pint-size kitchen made with love and FolkArt acrylic paint! Games, make-believe and simply sweet décor have been specially created for the younger set. Stay tuned for all three Kids’ Activities segments and bonus projects, too!

Small bedside dresser with 2 drawers
Wood filler
Primer paint
3” foam paintbrush
Saw
Lipped plastic tub (sink)
Sink fixtures
Low tack painters tape
1” foam paintbrush
Oven knob
Heavy duty glue
2 simple handle drawer pulls
4” craft wood (cut to the width of the dresser)
Decorative wood trim (cut to the width of the dresser)
Glue
Stove top burner clip art
2 handles or drawer pulls
Pink fabric
2 eye hooks
2 cup hooks
Pom pom trim
Dowel rod (cut to the width of the dresser)
1” flat brush
Painted flower shape

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parisian Pink, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Tickled Pink, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Licorice
FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Metallic Rose Shimmer
FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Metallics – Silver Sterling, 2 oz.
Plaid ® Wood Surfaces – Hearts
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 8 oz.
Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Instructions

1. Clean the dresser thoroughly. Remove the hardware and drawers. Discard one drawer. Fill any holes with wood filler. Prime the entire dresser and the front of the remaining drawer. Apply 2 coats of Whicker White paint over the entire dresser and drawer.

2. To make the sink: Measure the inside lip of the plastic tub. Make a paper template of the measurement. Using the template as a guide, cut a hole in the left side of the dresser. Drop in the tub. Screw a sink fixture above the sink.

3. To make the oven drawer: Paint the inside area of the drawer with Sterling Silver paint. Use low tack tape to mark off a silver box in the center. Paint the edges with Pure Black paint. Attach a handle to the top of the drawer. Glue an oven knob to the center of the drawer. Place into the lower drawer section.

4. Add a back splash by painting a piece of 4” craft wood Tickled Pink. Paint the decorative trim and 3 wood hearts Parisian Pink. Glue the trim across the top of the craft wood and the hearts to the craft wood. Attach the backsplash to the back of the dresser with nails or wood glue.

5. To make the oven: Use Mod Podge to attach paper clip art of a stove burner to the top of the dresser on the right side. Glue two knobs or drawer pulls near the burner.

6. To make the drape: Screw two cup hooks into each upper corner of the dresser near the removed drawer. Screw two eye hooks into the ends of a cut to size dowel rod. Sew a small drape to fit across the dresser. Paint large cherries across the front of the drape. Thread the drape onto the dowel rod and hang by the cup hooks.

7. Add embellishments: Glue pom pom trim around the top edge of the dresser. Add painted hearts and daisies to the fronts and sides of the dresser.

8. To make a towel bar screw a drawer pull in the side of the dresser and hand a small towel from it.

 

This bonus idea is perfect making toy cakes, pies or cupcakes.

For this we used recycled elements, paint and styrofoam disks.

For the instructions for the designs pictured visit this link.