During a recent trip to Pottery Barn Kids, my youngest was obsessed with this patchwork turtle here. I thought, this is something I could easily make for him. But it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. In the end it turned out good. If you are brave, feel free to follow again.
I started by drawing my own pattern. This was the hard part, due to my lack of drawing skills. After several tries, I finally got it right. (In the photos below you my notice that the legs, head and tail look different than this pattern. Those were each apart of my first attempt.)
Click the image above for the free PDF link to this pattern. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected. Check that the one inch square measures one inch to have the pattern the correct size. Assume a 1/4 seam allowance.
After cutting out the pattern, I pinned it to the fabric. The shell and base piece were cut on the fold.
For the appendages, I paired the pieces, front side of fabric together and sewed three sides leaving the top edge open.
Using my trusty Scooby Doo pencil, I turned and stuffed the legs, head and tail.
Next, I sewed up the ends of each.
To make the outer shell, each triangular piece was sewn to the next one to make a circle.
I pinned the head, tail, and legs in place, to the top shell.
With the top shell placed face down on the base, the appendages were tucked in and then I sewed around the circle, leaving a small opening.
Through the small opening, the turtle was turned right side out. (Here is were my seam ripper was put to work over time,until I got the pattern the way I liked it.)
Finally, the shell was stuffed and the opening was hand stitch up.
This project took long than I was hoping, but my little man loves it and that is all that matters.
What type of DIY toys do you make for your kids?
Every once in awhile, my daughter likes to be a little girly. And what better way to girl it up a bit, than with a pretty little flower on top of her head. This cute felt flower headband can be made in tons of colors and are great as gifts too. The best part is that they are super cheap. Like less than $.25 each.
To make these pretty headbands, you will need:
– Flower Template (I just free handed a five petal flower on some paper and cut it out.)
– Fabric Pen or Washable Marker
– Scissors (Preferably not chewed by the dog.)
– Hot Glue Gun
Trace your flower template onto the felt to make 6 flowers and cut each one out. Mark a “+” in the middle of one flower. (This will be the base and all of the other pieces will be attached to it.)
This next part is kind of hard to explain, so I whipped up a diagram in Photoshop to help. Hopefully, it doesn’t confuse you more. Starting with one flower (not the base,) fold it in half from right to left. Next, fold it again from bottom to top. It should have a right angle point.
Then, glue it into the spot labeled 1 on the diagram, lining it up with the “+” on the base piece.
Continue to fold the other flower pieces in the same fashion and use hot glue to attach them to the base in positions 2, 3, and 4.
The last flower piece will be folded the same as the previous ones, but it will be glued right into the middle of the flower with the point down.
After it is dry, pull of any stray pieces of glue and the headband is ready to wear. Doesn’t it look cute?!
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One of my really good friends is due with her first baby in October. I really wanted to make her an Easy No-Sew Receiving Blanket that was bigger than the ones you purchase in the store.
The standard size for a receiving blanket in 30″ x 30″, which is prefect for the first couple weeks, unless you have a tiny peanut, then it may last you a little longer. The size I found that worked really well for my boys is 36″x 36″. Once the baby has outgrown swaddling, these little blankets are wonderful for snuggling up in a stroller or car-seat.
Begin with a piece of flannel 37″ x 37″. Then, starting at one corner, fold one edge over 1/4″ two times to hide the raw edges. Tuck your Stitch Witchery under the entire folded edge, make sure it is completely hidden.
Use a hot clothes iron and press along the folded edge to completely bond the stitch witchery. I usually hold it there about 8 seconds but time may vary for you.
Continue the same for all sides. The corners can get a little tricky, so I pin the corner down until I am ready to press it.
Once you have completed all four sides, flip over, and press the entire blanket.
Now you have a wonderful receiving blanket to give as a gift or keep for your own bundle of joy.