Out-like-a-lamb

Hand-made Easter Gift

It’s the last day of March!  Are you excited that winter is over?  Are you enjoying some Out-like-a-lamb weather and looking forward to Easter (just one week away)?  Are you in need of a craft to get you into the Spring Holiday spirit?  Do you love handmade gifts for kids?  Well then do I have just the thing for you!

Out-like-a-lamb Clutch Sewing Pattern

What you’ll need…

  • Natural batting
  • Gray felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • A button
  • Fabric paint for face

Instructions…

showing steps 3, 4, & 5

  1. Print out the following 2 page PDF: Out like a lamb pattern
  2. Cut the patterns out, pin the rectangle to the batting and the lamb shape to the gray felt, then cut and mark the dotted fold lines on the rectangle and the dotted sew line on the lamb shape
  3. Pin the lamb shape to the center of the batting (batting oriented the tall way) and sew together along the u shaped dotted line on lamb
  4. Mark and cut slits for the legs to stick out along the bottom dotted fold line on batting
  5. Pull legs through holes
  6. Fold batting bottom along bottom dotted line, pin, then stitch around sides and bottom
  7.  Add a button closure for front flap
  8. Last step, add facial details with fabric paint

Make these while your kids are sleeping or in school and you can put them right in their Easter baskets (unless you can’t stand the Easter bunny getting credit for your handiwork)!

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It’s nice to add a small book to an Easter baskets too.  Don’t you think?  Here are two classics.  The first one would go nicely with the out-like-a-lamb gift.  We love these books!

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

This is a mini gift edition of Elsa Beskow’s classic story. Pelle has a lamb whose coat grows longer and longer, while Pelle’s Sunday suit grows shorter! Pelle shears the lamb, and the wool is carded, spun, dyed and woven. Finally, the tailor makes a new suit for Pelle (Amazon description).

If you don’t have time to make a gift how about this classic set…

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter’s animal stories have been a joy to generations of young readers. Her warm, playful illustrations in soft colors invite children into the world of words and flights of fancy. Once there, she gently and humorously guides readers along the path of righteousness, leaving just enough room for children to wonder if that incorrigible Peter will be back in McGregor’s garden tomorrow (Amazon description).

Peter Rabbit Bean-bag Plush Toy at 8 inches, he will fit nicely in an Easter basket!

Lastly, while we are talking about Easter baskets…  Here are more of my awesome Easter tips!

  • Don’t you know that the Easter bunny loves to put only the best quality jelly beans first in freezer bags AND then in the baskets.  This way all the edible loot can make it’s way inside and the whole bag can make its way out of gorging children’s reach!
  • He also used green tissue paper instead of fake plastic grass to line the baskets in homes with neat-freak moms.
  • In addition to a couple of quality items like the book and stuffed animal round out the loot with some dollar store finds (don’t try to get these things at the drug store – $$$!)
  • DO get the chocolate at the drug store though; Dollar store chocolate is NOT chocolate!

Ann

I'm a practical mom inspired by nature & I enjoy sharing ideas that encourage kids' innate curiosity & creativity. Interested in subscribing? Check out the blue box at the top of my sidebar. I'm also a wannabe author/illustrator & product designer by day. Let's connect! doodlesandjots@hotmail.com. If you purchase through my Amazon links I get a small commission at no additional cost to you (thanks for supporting Doodles and Jots)! And remember to always credit your source here & elsewhere on the internet.

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