Spotted Madamoiselle Tee

Spotted Madamoiselle Tee zillycreate.wordpress.com

I have decided to have a go at Project Run and Play’s February Challenge. The pattern found at Living with Punks looked quick and easy, just how I like patterns. My girls both have red and white skirts but not tops that matched so this was the perfect time to remedy the situation. These were to be for preschool wear and as such needed the shoulders covered so the only alteration I made was to add width to the shoulders.

Adding width to the shoulders Zillycreate.wordpress.com

I’m trying to use up fabric and trimmings from my stash, the white knit is almost the last of a roll, but I couldn’t find appropriate embellishments so decided to use a paint technique I’d seen on Pinterest using the eraser end of a pencil to make the dots. I used everyday poster paints. After the paint had dried I ironed it with a hot dry iron for 5 mins or you could put it in the dryer for 1/2 hour while still dry to set the paint (if you aren’t sure it will work test on a scrap piece of fabric first). My husband still has a shirt I painted with poster paints 4 years ago.

If I was to sew this again I’d make the neck line higher to make it more ‘Sun Safe’; reduce the width across the chest area of the shirt (it was a bit wide on my two) and then flare out to original width at the bottom; possibly add a high/low hemline.

Cost: nothing as this was leftover fabric and craft supplies

Time: approx 4 hrs to make two including drying time

Age: 8 yrs+ (with adult help)

Skyscrapers

Cereal box Skyscrapers zillycreate.wordpress.com

Cereal box Skyscrapers zillycreate.wordpress.com

I love how much fun can be had from rubbish… My daughters (4 years 1 month) had fun decorating and playing with cereal box skyscrapers. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most fun (and when no longer fun they can be thrown out guilt-free).

What’s On the Tray Today? An Invitation to Create

With Jasmine
What's On the Tray Today? An Invitation to Create.
Left over craft materials made for lots of fun. I divided the remaining craft materials (from a Cre8tiv Kidz Make Your Own Paper Puppets set) into two containers and provided blank paper and glue. Lacy (3 years 0 months) loves gluing and hates it when there is no more gluing to do in an activity so she particularly loved this activity – there was plenty to glue and even better no set place to stick it.
What's On the Tray Today? Invitation to Create

Cost: Free – It was leftovers – (the original Cre8tiv Kidz. Make your own paper puppets cost approx. $5 from Kmart.)
What's On the Tray Today? Invitation to Create

Ages: 2+ years

Taught: Creativity, colours, shapes, and we also counted.

Time: 10-30mins

DIY TOYS – Drum

with Jasmine

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

I saw this post and thought Lacy (2yrs) would love one of these homemade tin drums. I basically followed their tutorial but as it had no photos I’ve included photos of Lacy’s being made…

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

I used a Milo tin.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

The fabric used was an offcut of recycled curtains – originally an Ikea print. Lacy (2yr) declared it “My favorite”.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

The hot glue gun got a work out

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

Trimming to size.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

More hot glue

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

My bowl was close enough to the right size to make the felt ‘skins’. (BTW the Sharpie came off the bowl with warm soapy water).

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

And even more hot glue

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

There had to be some sewing to make it fun… My first round was too far apart so I did a second round I wanted a diamond pattern so I sewed a second round in between the first, only adding beads the first time.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

Lacy couldn’t wait to play it! Now I need to drink more Milo so I can make one for Aniya.

Easy rip and glue craft

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So my girls love to do craft and I wanted nice easy craft ideas that I had the things for.

I found pictures on the net of a butterfly (I have girls) and other pictures. I searched colouring butterfly. We ripped up coloured construction paper that I bought for cheap from office works. Than glued onto the picture. So easy the kids loved!

Needed: paper, glue

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