Mending

5 minutes of fun with a piece of yarn, paper, and a hole punch

Guess what I am doing right now…

I am mending clothes, a pair of my son’s pants to be exact.  I don’t bother fixing most things but if my kids get a hole in something nice that still fits, I will add it to the top of my sewing pile.

What’s at the bottom?  Sorry Mr. Doodles and Jots, I promise to eventually get to your pants that you haven’t been able to wear for months because they need a button.   Continue reading

Crayola Fabric Crayons

Doll created with fabric crayons

Printed Doll

Often the most fun and useful gifts turn out to the least expensive!  I picked up Crayola fabric crayons for a stocking stuffer and my 6 year old daughter has already put them to good use creating a personalized baby blanket for her new niece.  The project was all her idea and the blanket turned out so sweet!  And unlike iron on transfer sheets the result is not plasticy and stiff.  We simply followed the directions on the back of the crayon box.  First she created the design on paper and then I ironing it onto fabric with a high polyester content.  One thing to remember is that your design will transfer backwards so if the design has text you must write it backwards. Continue reading

Hand-made Gifts for Kids

hand-made doll’s wardrobe

If you are low on cash and have some spare time and if your kids are young enough to not know the difference you can make a lot of their Christmas gifts.

I know, because I did it 2 Christmases ago when I met all three criteria!  It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun!  Consider it…  Use your imagination, the internet, and the materials you already have.  I made it a GOAL to buy a little as possible and use materials I already had from past projects, etc. Continue reading