Fringe-Tied Blanket Kits for Kids

7-DSCF0030Abigale’s Fringe-Tied Blanket

I have always loved doing craft projects with kids, but they are usually cut, glue, paint, clay or some variation of all of that.

4-DSCF0022I was pleasantly surprised on Christmas day when my goddaughter brought over a kit she had received from her grandmother. It was a kit to make a fleece fabric, fringe-tied blanket. Yes, I have made them before, but it never occured to me to have a child do it.

2-DSCF0019Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the box, so I don’t know who packages them. I did notice it said it was for “ages 5 and up”. Well…I’m not so sure a 5 year old could do all of the steps without heavy adult supervision, but my 10 year old goddaughter did a great job.

I pretty much gave her brief instructions as she was starting each step, but that was it. She did it all.

3-DSCF0020She said it took her 45 minutes to complete, as she looked at the clock when she started. Uhm, I hope she doesn’t get mad at me, but I am pretty sure the clock did one more full rotation. I think 1 hour, 45 minutes seems more realistic. Regardless of time, she did it all in one sitting.

5-DSCF0025The proud crafter with her masterpiece.

6-DSCF0026Her brother and sister getting into the act.

8-DSCF0035And then my guys adding to the crowd.

Happy New Year!

Enjoy!

Fidget Memory Lap Quilt

08-DSCN7518Fidget Memory Lap Quilt

Exciting news that I can’t talk about yet has kept me from posting too much in the last couple of weeks. Don’t ya just hate that?

Anyway, I will clear my mind of that little tidbit so that I can share a project I made for a special lady for Christmas.

Shopping for someone with memory challenges can be…well,…challenging. Another pair of slippers or a bath robe just didn’t seem appropriate, so I did a little Googling for gift ideas for Alzheimer/dementia patients. Two ideas stuck out. I decided to combine them and make my own version. The fidget memory lap quilt was born.

02-DSCN7512I needed photos. Lots and lots of photos. I started by stalking family Facebook pages to scrape as many photos as I could, then I got out my own albums and scanned what I couldn’t find online. I used old and new photos. Each pic was cropped into a square using my photo software, then I combined several into a collage that would fit a standard sheet of printer paper. When I had all the photos collages ready, I printed them off on t-shirt transfer paper. Note: If you are interested in doing this project, do not forget to flip the collages to a mirror image before printing. My printer did this automatically when I told it what kind of paper I was using, but if your printer doesn’t, you will have to do it either through the photo editing process or when setting your printer’s particulars before hitting the print button.

Each photo was then cut out.

03-DSCN7513The front of the lap quilt is one whole piece of white cotton fabric. To accommodate all the photos I cut the fabric a little larger than a baby blanket. The resulting size was perfect for a lap quilt. Arrange your photos on the fabric and follow the instructions on the packet of transfer paper to adhere.

I had some pieced fabric left over from a previous project that was perfect for the back of the quilt. The backing, batting and front of the quilt were layered and pinned together.

10-DSCN7520The fidget part of the quilt is the fabric strips. I ripped several strips from scrap backing fabric and pinned them in a somewhat organized-chaos between the photos on the front. Using my sewing machine, the middle of each strip was tacked to the quilt. This stitching went through all of the layers to create the quilting. Each strip was then tied into a knot.

I hand-stitched the binding, then top-stitched the binding using my sewing machine.

We do not live close to the special lady who received the quilt, so we don’t know yet if it sparked any memories. I’m kinda anxious to hear.

Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

11-DSCN7069Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

The Rustic Wood Snowman tutorial has been published!

06-DSCN7056He is a quick project and great for using up all your scrap pieces. AND he was free!

1-DSCN7273Just like potato chips, you won’t be able to stop at one. Make plenty for gifts. They will be loved. I made several for a craft show and sold out fast.

11-DSCN7069You can find the entire tutorial at All Free Christmas Crafts.

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree-Tutorial

5-DSCN7037Scrap Wood Christmas Tree-Tutorial

Yay! The Scrap Wood Christmas Tree tutorial has been published.

2-DSCN7028I have had so many requests for specifics on this project, so I am thrilled to finally be able to give them to you.

3-DSCN7278Just in time to craft a whole forest before Christmas.

3-DSCN7033You can find the tutorial at AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com.

Enjoy!

Recycled T-Shirt Coffee Cup Wrap

07-DSCN7405Recycled T-Shirt Coffee Cup Wrap

Another crafty, no-cost, quick gift idea to do with an old t-shirt. If you need a refresher on cutting the “yarn”, you can find a brief explanation here.

06-DSCN7395Again, I haven’t written out the particulars to this crochet project yet, but it’s a pretty basic idea. You just need a strip long enough to wrap around a standard size coffee cup, plus a bit of overlap to attach a button. The strip needs to be able to fit through the handle. I used a size N hook.

08-DSCN7407Depending on the size of the button you are using, you may need to chain and skip a stitch or two for a buttonhole.

I used a button from my stash that I had saved from old clothing, so this project is also no-cost.

Enjoy!