I’m a bit in two minds about Valentine’s Day. Some of me sits on the “It’s a created day that is all about retailers and spending money” and the other side of me feels it’s great to be reminded to tell the people we love….that we love them in a more intentional way.

This year I feel more of the second…. hence the post….. but have tried to make it a little more creative (rather than spendy) because self created things almost always* help communicate the love better.

Ideas For Creative Dates

Hand Held Ice Skating Date In A Jar

1. Ice skating date in a Jar. Image from The Gunny Sack.

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2. Hot Chocolate in a Jar (stay in) Date. Image from the Wintrop Chronicles.

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3. Spar in a Jar. Image from The Gunny Sack.

Super Lovey- Dovey

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4. 52 things I love about you in a jar. Image from The Gunny Sack.

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5. Love Potion No. 9. Image from Shaken Together Life.

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6. A little envelope of notes for your loved one. Image from Oh hello friend.

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7. Sharpie Mug. Image Sister’s Suitcase.

For the Kids

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8. Love Lead pencils. Image from The Gunny Sack.

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9. Robot Valentine’s. Image from Lisa Storms.

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10. Monster Pencils. Image by the 36th Avenue.

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11. Don’t ever change…. Image from Jac & Lyn Murphy.

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12. Burst My Bubble Valentine’s. Image from The Gunny Sack.

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13. I’m Bananas for you and You’re Grrrrrreat. Image from Lisa Storm.

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14. Arrow pencils and printables. Image from Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

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15. Origami Heart Wrapped lolly Pop. Image A Kiss Of Colour.

Ideas to Bake

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16. Nutella Love Letter Pancakes. Image by Kitchen Simplicity.

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17. Sparkly Cookies. Image from The Gunny Sack.

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18. Valentine snack mix. Image by Glorious Treats.

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19. The Nutella/Espresso cup cake.Image from mandy Ash Craft.

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20. Valentine’s cookies. Image Wedding Chicks.

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21. Heart shaped pies. Image Babble.

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22. Red Velvet Cupcakes in a Jar. Image My Baking Addiction.

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23. Strawberry and Cream scones. Image Sanae Ishida.

Countdowns to Valentine’s Day (or count on….) 

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24. The Valentine tree. Image from Simple as that blog.

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25. Cute countdown. Image by Dear lizzy.

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26. Bit late for this year….. A countdown to the day. Image from THe House Of Smiths.

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27. 14 acts of love. Image from Make and takes.

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28. Countdown to kisses. Image from the Olds family

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29. DIY printable calendar. Image from Paige of Style.

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30. Just one of the activities in the 14 days of love. Image from Pink Pistachio.

Cards

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31. I love you this much. Image from Day in my life.

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32. Sewn hearts card. Image from The creative Place.

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33. Birthday candle card. Image from Real Simple.

Everything else.

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34. Mini polaroid Magnets. Image from Ambrosia Girl.

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35. Valentines “fortune’ cookies”. Image from Design. Wash.Rinse. Repeat.

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36. Message in a bottle. Image from Oh hello friend.

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37. Wall heart. Image Oleander and Palm.

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38. Washi banner. Image: Fancy Little Things.

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39. Printable PDF. Image from The girl creative.

* Yes if you have asked for something specifically ….or have been promised something and you receive a sweet handmade gift, you won’t feel the love!

Oh, I bet you thought this was never coming!
You can find the first half of the giant list of fete and fair tutorials and printables here, along with the criteria I used to decide on what was included and what I left out.
If you still want more ideas you can see some past items we have made (although not all have accompanying tutorials)
Enjoy.

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  1. The Scrapbooking Jar by Crate Paper Blog
  2.  Chalkboard Serving Platter by Wit and Whistle.
  3. Knitted Snake by Purl Bee 
  4.  Paper Fortune Cookies by design wash rinse repeat.
  5.  Pebble Mat by Junk Hippie 
  6.  Clay bird ornament by JessicaJane Handmade.
  7.  Owl cushion by button bird designs.
  8.  Pillowcase shopping bag by Grow Mama.
  9.  Mouse Ornaments by Family Fun 
  10. Crocheted Washcloths by Purl Bee 
  11. Monster Bags by harrysdesk 
  12.  Pram cards by The Pleated Poppy
  13.  Salt dough Christmas Ornaments by Oleander and Palm 
  14. Rice filled heating Owls for children by Just another Hang Up.
  15.  Beaded Heart Wand by First Palette
  16. Circle Zip Earbud Pouch by dog under my desk
  17.  Tea Bag gift Tag by The Studio Of Mae.
  18. Cardboard Horses by Design Sponge
  19. Mooshy Belly Bunny by Chez Beeper Bebe 
  20. Felt Crowns by hellobee
  21. Easy Drawstring Bag by Purl Bee 
  22. Recycled Book Bird Decoration by Under the Table and Dreaming
  23. Present Cards by Craft and Creativity
  24. Babies Triange Dress by Purl Bee 
  25. Monster Slime by all things simple 
  26. DIY ice cream sundae box by family bits.
  27. Monster bibs by stubbornly crafty.
  28. Cloud and rain mobile by dailylike recipe?
  29. Bunting by the yvestown blog.
  30. Lunchsacks by All people quilt.

Enjoy….and let me know if you think you might make anything.

Monster tutorial

September 29, 2012

The Blanket Monster. ‘Blanket’
Use me for a library bag, PJ bag, music bag, laptop bag…. things I haven’t thought of….bag.

Tutorial for A4 size monster…..

What you will need.

  • a zipper (approx 49cm)
  • 15cm x 100cm mouth fabric (red)
  • 10cm x 50cm teeth fabric (white)
  • an old blanket or bedspread with tasselled edge.
  • small amount of fabric for eyeballs.
  • 2 buttons.
  • thread
  • thick thread for sewing o the eyes.

How to make it.

MOUTH:

1.Cut 2 rectangles 49cm x 13cm for the mouth (red)

2. Fold each piece in half length-wise and iron.

3. Pin folded edge of red moth rectangle to zipper on either side.

Machine the folded edge to either side of the zipper….. but not too close.

Press.

hint: The further your fabric from the zipper the less likely it is to get caught when opening and closing….and exposes the zipper more, which is what we want in this case.

TEETH:

  1. Cut 4 (or more) 8cm x 8cm squares for the teeth.

2. Fold in half diagonally and iron…..

….. fold in half diagonally and iron again.

TEETH!

3. Position the teeth (point down and cut edge matching the cut edge of the red) along the cut edge of the mouth (red) pieces. (I did 5cm from each end for the top, and 12cm from each end for the bottom)

ARMS:

1. Cut 2 rectangles 25cm x 14cm along the fringed edge. The measurements include the fringe.

2. With right sides together, machine down the non fringed edge with 1.5cm seam allowance.

3. Turn back to right sides… forming a cylinder like shape. Press with the seam down the middle of the arm. (this reduces the bulk in sewing it together later).

BODY (Part1) :

  1. Cut 1 rectangle 49cm x 51cm. (blanket fabric)
  2. Cut another rectangle 49cm x 20cm.
  3. Machine (with right sides together) the rectangles on either side of the mouth piece along the 49cm edges.

4. Iron so that the teeth head toward the zipper ( press seams away from mouth on the wrong side)…..

EYES:

Cut 2 circles (black and white).

2. Position them on the smaller rectangle above the mouth.

3. With a needle and thick thread position and sew on the eyes.

BODY (Part2): 

1. Position the monsters arms where you would like them. Position them with the fringing toward the middle and with the seam facing up.

2. With right sides together and zipper open about 10cm, line up the cut edges of the triangles to form a large rectangle. Pin.

3. Machine the sides together. Stitch the seam again where the arms are positioned to reinforce them.

LEGS:

1. Along the bottom edge create the legs by measuring across 12cm from each side seam and putting a pin….then up into the monster 12cm and placing a pin.

2. With a ruler join up the dots and cut through both layers of blanket to create the leg shape. Machine together along the newly cut line. Seam allowance 1.5cm.

HORNS:

  1. Now for the top (horns). Coming diagonally down from the top corners about 3cm and put a dot ( don’t come lower than your eyes) draw a line from one dot to the other using a ruler. This is your machining line.
  2. Machine.

FINISHING OFF:

  1. Trim excess fabric from the corners being careful not the cut your stitching.
  2. Turn your monster inside out through the zipper hole.
  3. Push the horns and legs out with the end of your scissors to get a nice point.
  4. Press

5. Enjoy and love your monster.

Often we are keen to help with school or church fetes but are not sure where to start.

So, I have put together a giant list of fete and fair tutorials from around the blogging world.

So many clever people out there!

For me…. what makes a great craft to make for a fete or fair, is one that is inexpensive to make and buy , fun, quick to make, fairly easy to put together, and something people would want to hand there money over for.

All the images below are by the original tutorial writers. If you want to try one… just click on the creators name and it will take you straight there.

Stay tuned for the next instalment.

Let me know what you think.

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  1.  Bunting Cards (tiny party invite) by The Pleated Poppy.
  2.  Tissue Paper Pom Poms by diy Wedding 
  3.  DIY sugar body scrub by Craftiness is not an option.
  4.  Waterproof shower caps by Smashed Peas and Carrots.
  5.  Felt Tissue Pouches by My Growing Home
  6.  Simple Shopping Bags by The Purl Bee
  7.  House pillows by Craft and Creativity.
  8.  Beaded Heart Wand by First Palette.
  9.  3D Owl printables by Craft and Creativity.
  10.  Any colour chalk board paint by Salt Tree.
  11.  Angel placecard by Allsorts.
  12.  Covered Mouse pads by Coming Home To Roost.
  13.  Fairies in a Jar by Organised Chaos.
  14.  Paper Decoration Star by Craft and Creativity.
  15.  Button Thumbtacks by FellowFellow 
  16. Reindeer Gift Tag Printable by Eatdrinkchic.
  17. Knitted Mini Stockings by Little Cotton Rabbits.
  18.  Edible Teabag Cookie (Gluten Dairy and Sugar free)  by Whatever’s left 
  19.  Wooden Fork Dolls by Craft and Creativity.
  20.  Spray Painted Animals on lids by Pysselbolaget
  21.  Fabric Covered Lights by Rebeccasdiy.
  22.  Time for tea Soap by Cumbersome. 
  23.  Owl iphone case by handmade. 
  24.  Tea bag gift Tag by the studio of Mae 
  25.  Monogram bags by zszywka
  26.  Plush Monsters by Blueberry Moon.
  27.  Plush Penguin by Purl Bee.
  28.  Felt ball garland by The SoHo
  29. Lavender Satchels by Purl Bee 
  30. Chalk Paint Cheese Tray by Wit & Whistle

Hatshesup costume  from last year.

It is my habit to only make one costume a year for book week and for all the rest to come from our dress-up box…. or someone else’s.

This keeps the cost and stress down, and helps the kids get creative about which character they want to be.

Last year it was the  11 year old (now 12) who got a special costume made.

I though, just in time for this year I would share a tutorial of how I made the bib.

If you want to create one and don’t sew, you can follow the along, but just use cardboard as the base and instead of stitching the finishes on, use glue. If you do it this way there is no need for lining or binding and would be much less time consuming.

So with no further chatter……..

The Pharaoh Bib Tutorial

What you will need

  • Cardboard or paper to make pattern
  • base fabric ( I used blue velvet) a rich colour is best
  • lining fabric (I used gold satin)
  • bias binding (again gold)
  • Iron-on stiff interfacing
  • Large gold sequins
  • Gold wool
  • Gold thread
  • Gold fabric paint tube
  • Contrasting fabric to reverse applique (I used a gold silk)
  • pencil, scissors, sewing machine and thread.

How to do it.

The pattern 

1. Start with a rectangle approx 42cm x 18cm

2. Using the measurements given create this shape (It is half of the bib…. doing it this way means you get a symmetrical result) Click on the image to enlarge.

3. Folding your base fabric in half and placing the fold on the edge marked “place on the fold” cut the basic shape.

4. Cut another of these pattern pieces in the same way for both your lining and interfacing. You should now have 3 different coloured fabrics (base, lining and interfacing) all the same shape.

5. Back on your pattern piece sketch out an idea of how you will lay on your ‘design’. Egyptian patterns are very repetitive and tend to follow the shape of the item. Start about 1.5cm in from the edge (this is where your bias will be sewn) and create a design that works towards the centre. Make sure you leave some of your background fabric to show through.

6. Put your lining to one side and just work with your base cloth (blue) and your interfacing now.

Iron the interfacing to your base cloth (wrong side of base fabric to shiny side of interfacing) using a dry iron.

 

7. Transfer your design onto the interfacing.

8. Sew your sequins and stitching on in the design you have chosen. (glue if you like it will be much quicker)

9. Place your other gold fabric behind the area you want to reverse applique ( have it show through) Sew, with a machine, the shape you have designed from the right side of your bib. Do this to both sides of your bib to keep it symmetrical.

10. On the decorated side of your bib lift the base fabric away from the gold fabric you have just sewn on. Carefully cut away the base fabric very close to your machine stitching.

It should look like this…..
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11. Paint your reverse appliqued sections and allow to dry.

12. With right sides together lay your lining onto your bib. Stitch the straight edge with 1cm seam allowance.

13. Turn bib so that the wrong sides are together. Give it a really good press with the iron. Be careful of the sequins as they can melt! Best to iron from the lining side.

Pin lining and base bib together at neck edge and outside edge.

14. Machine your bias binding around the outside edge. Do the same with the neck edge leaving 15-20cm at the beginning and end of the neck edge. This will be your tie to secure it around the neck. Fold over to encase the cut edges (trim if you need to)  and pin.

15. Using slip stitch, hand sew the bias binding down on the lining side. Tie a knot in the neck edge bias strings to secure.

16. Now, if my directions are clear, you will have your own unique version of this.

To complete the costume use the fabric and decorations you have left over to make a headband and armbands. Strips which velcro together. Wear over a long thin white dress (or a white sheet worn in a cylinder shape) with a straight black wig and go nuts with the eye make-up.

Time to “Walk like an Egyptian”

Let me know how you go. I’d love to see your creations.

 

Babies:

1. Paint Chip Mobile by Kirsty.

2. Washcloths by Martha Stewart.

3. Printed Scrap Ribbon Tags by Lil Blue Boo.

4. Catch-all Baby Bib by Make-It and Love-It.

5. Vinyl Tablecloth Change Mat by Lil Blue Boo.

Teachers gifts:

6. Homemade Herb Soap by Henry Happened.

7. Wallet that turns into a Tote via How About Orange.

8. Hot Cold Rice Bag by Make It and Love It.

9. Felt Magnets via Everything Etsy.

10. Bath Fizzies by Martha Stewart.

11. Printable Lollie Wrappers by Fun.kyti.me

12. Time For Tea Soap by Cucumbersome.

13. Japanese Motif Soaps by Martha Stewart.

14. Cake In A Jar by Cakies.

15. Chocolate Fudge by Martha Stewart.

16. Subway art by Lil Blue Boo.

17. Printable Soap Wrappers by Fun.kyti.me


Ideas for Little Girls 

1. Upcycled Knit Pom Hair Accessories by Lil Blue Boo.

2. Puffy Bead Bracelets by Running With Glitter.

3. Non Slip Hair Bows by Make It and Love It.

4. Little Girl Romper by Make It and love It.

5. Braided Headband by Skip To My Lou.

6. Bonsai Tree Applique by Lil Blue Boo.

7. Lazy Days Skirt by Oliver and S (download).

8. Black Apple Dolls by Martha Stewart.

Ideas for Little Boys 

9. Upcycled : Shirt to shorts by Saltwater Kids.

10. 'Gak' by Make It and Love It.

11. Picture Matching Word Cards by Canon.

12. I Spy Bag by Make It and Love It.

13. Boys Shorts with Cargo Pockets by Craft Passion.

14. Upcycled Fused Plastic Belt by Lil Blue Boo.

15. Green Robot Stenciled T-shirt. by Lil Blue Boo.

Little Kids 

16. Personalised Memory Game by Momtastic.

17. A frame play tent by My Cakies.

18. Alphabet Wall Art by The Handmade Home.

19. Owl And Elephant Collages by Martha Stewart.

20. Kids size Ironing Boards by Duo Fiberworks

21. Rolling Pin Stamps by Redefining Creativity.

22. Nesting Dolls by the ETSY blog

23. Stick Horse by Light Blue Grey.

24. Felt Cookie Presents/Playfood by Redefining Creativity.

25. A Matching Game (Tutorial and Download) by Lil Blue Boo.

26. No Sew Pennant Banner by Place To Bloom.

27. Libray Totes by Noodle Head.

28. Dr Suess Activity Blocks by Sugar Bee Crafts.

29. Painted Block Puzzle by Momtastic.

30. Window Garland by Noodle head.

31. Accidental Painting by Lil Blue Boo.

32a. Thrifty Fort Building Kit by Saltwater Kids.

32b. Fort Building Kit ( all packed up) by Saltwater Kids.

33. Birthday (or Picnic) in a Suitcase by Funky Time.

34. Fabric Dollhouse (or Barn) by UK lass in US.


1. Vintage Trophy Coat Rack by Design Sponge.

2. Gardener's Apron by Martha Stewart.

3. Leather Journal by Duo Fiberworks.

4. Honey Walnut and Dried Fruit Topping by Martha Stewart.

5. Car Wash Kit by Martha Stewart.

6. Oilskin Zippered Pencil Case by Momtastic.

7. Upcycled Messenger Bag From Cargo Pants by Noodlehead.

8. Framed Initial by Make It and Love It.

9. Whimsical Key Chains by Living With Punks.

10. Dishtowel Apron by Made By Petchy.

11. Wooden Pendant Necklaces and Keychain by Lil Blue Boo.

12. Retro Duffle Bag by saltwater Kids.

13. Personalised Coffee Blend by Martha Stewart.

14. Toffee by Martha Stewart.

16. Homemade Book Plates by Martha Stewart.

15. Jam recipes with Printable Labels by Funkytime.

17. Rollie Pollie Pillows by So You Think You're Crafty.

18. Large Paintings Full of Text by Redefining Creativity.

19. Paint Chip Wall Art by How About Orange.

20. Car Travel Kit by Martha Stewart.

21. Monogram Mugs by Designmom.

22. Big Scrappy Painting by Redefining Creativity.

1. Chalkboard Necklaces by Henry Happened.

2. Felt Ball Necklace by Purl Bee

3. Twig Necklace by henry Happened.

4. Sewing Kit in a Jar by Martha Stewart.

5. Paper Clip Earrings by Evie-S.

6. Recycled Woven Rug by Craft Passion.

7. Fold-over bag by Noodlehead.

8. Little Letter needle Book by Emaykayee.

9. Silhouette Jewellery by Less than Perfect Bliss.

10. Feather Hair-clips by Henry Happened.

11. Clay Necklace by Henry Happened.

12. Embellished Resin Rings by Tatertots and jello.

13. Beach Towel Tote by Redefining Creativity.

14. Swatch Portraits by Purl bee.

15. Vintage hankie Pillow Cover by Noodle Head.

16. Fabric Beaded Jewellery by Make It and Love It.

17. Dip Died Scarf by Henry Happened.

18. Love letter Corsage by Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss.

19. Confetti Earrings by Evie-S.


1. Pottery Barn Inspired Advent Calendar by Hallelujahs for Joy.

2. Bucket Advent Calendar by Curbly.

3. Pocket advent Calendar by Noodlehead.

4. Advent Tree How To by Paige + Russell.

5. DIY Advent Calendar (Burlap) by Funkytime.

6. Advent Calendar Tutorial (House) by See Mommy Sew.

7. An idea to adapt for Advent Calendar by Hambley Screen Prints.

8. Countdown Calendar by Maya Made

9. Button Advent Calendar by Craftstylish.

10. Fabric (Paper Type) Advent Calendar by Roots and Wings.

11. Simple Advent Bags by Moment to Moment.

12. Burlap Sack Stocking Advent Calendar by Making the world cuter.

13. Giving Advent Baskets by Molly Piper.

….no tutorials for these but I think you get the idea!

14. IDEA: Advent shoes by Great Craft Disaster.

15. IDEA or Purchase Advent Calendar Printed Pouches by nuvonova.

16. IDEA Printable labels by Poppy Talk.

16. IDEA Parcels in a parcel by Women bible Life.

More Ideas from Last Year

What our family did in 2010…including contents ideas.

What our family did in 2009….. including contents ideas.

Cathy’s content’s ideas from Women Bible Life (a simpler and more complex version….. keep going to the end of the post for the easier one!)

Ruth’s ideas via 168 hours

Jesse (Jesus) Tree reading ideas from the voice.

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