Posts in the ‘Craft Corner’ Category

Dinosaur Crinkle Toy Tutorial

January 9th, 2012

Hey y’all! I know I’ve been slacking a bit with posting the last couple of weeks. After the holidays we go straight into birthdays for a couple weeks but I’m hoping 2012 will slow down soon. Today I thought I’d share the dinosaur crinkle toy I made for Sam a few weeks ago.

1. Start by drawing a dinosaur pattern on a piece of paper and cut it out. (I decided to make a stegosaurus but you can make any kind of dinosaur you’d like!)

Dino pattern

2. Next fold a piece of fleece in half and trace your pattern onto the fleece fabric.

3. Cut out your shape. You now have the front and back of your dinosaur toy.

4. Using the same dinosaur pattern, cut the same shape out of plastic. (I used an empty baby wipes pouch but any kind of crinkly plastic should work.)

5. Now line your paper pattern up on a contrasting colored piece of fleece (again folded in half) and draw the dinosaur’s spikes. Make sure  you add a little extra room at the bottom so when you go to sew the stitching catches your spikes.

6. Cut out your spikes. Again, this will result in two pieces.

7. Sandwich your spikes and crinkly plastic between the front and back piece of your dinosaur and straight stitch around the entire thing. (I opted for a straight stitch because it’s easy and fleece doesn’t fray. If you use a different fabric you may have to zigzag stitch along the edge to prevent fraying.)

And VOILA! One crinkly dinosaur! Super easy (and definitely not perfect) but Sam loves it! He loves it so much he tries to cram it in to his mouth every opportunity he gets!

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

December 15th, 2011

Hey y’all! Sorry this post is so late today. I was busy baking Christmas cookies with my sister and watching a Christmas movie with my husband. I don’t know about you but one of my favorite Christmas traditions is picking out a new tree ornament every year. Ever since I was little my mom, my sister and I would head to the Hallmark store to pick out our yearly ornament. I still continue this tradition but I also thought it’d be fun to create some handmade ornaments as well this year!

I found most of my inspiration on Pinterest. (I might be just a tad addicted to pinning things!)

Felt Polaroid

  1. Start with a piece of white felt.
  2. Next fold the felt so the short part is about 4 inches long.
  3. Cut your felt so you have a 4 inch x 3 inch rectangle (when folded)
  4. Draw a hole for your photo.
  5. Cut out the hole.
  6. Stitch around the inner square. (I used a contrasting color – red, but white or clear would be nice too)
  7. Secure a piece of ribbon to hang your ornament.
  8. Stitch around the outer edges of the rectangle leaving the top open (for inserting picture)
  9. And voila – one felt Polaroid ornament!

Felt Snowflake

  1. Start with a piece of felt. (I chose orange, but any color would work!)
  2. Cut 3 1/2 inch strips.
  3. Cut each strip in to 3 inch pieces for a total of 12 pieces.
  4. Pair up your pieces for making 5 pairs.
  5. Sew (I used clear thread) each pair together on one end. (A short end.)
  6. Bend in to heart shape and sew at opposite end.
  7. Glue 5 pieces together to make a completed snowflake. (I also sprayed some fabric stiffener to add some body to the ornament.)

I didn’t write tutorials for the rest of these, but check out some other ornaments I created this year:

Paper Bauble (tutorial found here)

I used cardstock. I’d suggest using regular weight paper like scrapbook paper. The cardstock was a bit thick and heavy for this project.

Button Snowflake (made with pipe cleaners, buttons and hot glue)

Toilet Paper Roll Poinsettia (made with toilet paper roll, paint and tissue paper)

Finnish Star (tutorial found here)

This was my favorite ornament to make. I love how it looks! And it’s really not hard at all!

Do you and your family have any Christmas ornament traditions? Where do you find ornament inspiration?

We’ve Got a Winner: Holiday Apron!

December 13th, 2011

Congrats Jennifer Loving! You’ve won yourself a festive holiday apron.

I used this site to chose the winner. Please contact me with your address so I can get your apron in the mail!

A Holiday Giveaway!

December 6th, 2011

I’ve got a handmade holiday giveaway for y’all today! Know someone who loves to cook or bake during the holidays? This could be the perfect present for them. (Or you if you want to keep it for yourself!)

The apron measures 14 inches wide at the waist with 36.5 inches of ribbon on either side to tie. It measures 34 inches long. It’s made from a festive holiday cotton with bead and ribbon embellishments.

If you’d love to have to apron either for yourself or for someone on your shopping list, please enter my giveaway. This is a short giveaway and will only be running until Friday, December 9th at midnight central time so please hurry up and enter!

To enter: Just leave a comment below and tell me what you favorite food to cook or bake is during the holidays!

Pretty Scallop Tote GIVEAWAY Winner!

November 3rd, 2011

We’ve got a winner!

Congratulations Megan Marie! Please check your inbox for an email!

And thank you everyone else for playing along. I really enjoyed reading about your favorite Thanksgiving foods!