Make a Children’s Apron 

Materials

Oil cloth 

Invisible thread 

Apron tape 150cm

Cotton thread to match rear side of oil cloth

Cotton thread to match apron tape

Paper Scissors 

Fabric scissors 

90/14 machine needle

Teflon machine foot

Pattern paper

Pencil 

Set square 

Sew on Velcro (2cm wide and 7cm length)


1. Draw pattern using set square for straight edges and making the arm curves not to severe otherwise it won’t hem well.

2. When happy with pattern, cut the oilcloth 

3. Cut x3 50cm of apron tape

4. Double fold the end of two of the strips of apron tape and stitch with coordinating cotton

5. Hem the arm curves with a single fold (approx 0.8cm) and stitch in place, using invisible thread in the spool and cotton thread that matches the backside of the oil cloth in the bobbin.

6. Stitch the two unhemmed tapes in position as shown above

7. Stitch the remaining tape to the two points shown above.

8. Hem the remaining edges

9. Change the bobbin thread to the colour that matches the tape. Fold back and stitch all four points where tape is attached 


To make the neck strap adjustable… 

10. Cut the neck strap 11cm up on the right and hem both ends.

 

11. Sew 5cm of the hook side of Velcro to the short part of the strap and sew 7cm of the loop side to the long part making sure they fasten as pictured below.

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Wooden peg dolls

What is it about pound shops? I go in for kitchen roll and come out with a basket full of all sorts. I picked up some wooden pegs on my last visit, I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with them. Today it started chucking it down outside so out came the craft boxes. 

To make the dolls you will need:

pva glue
glue brush
twine
wooden pegs
felt (various colours)
black pen
embroidery thread
sewing needle
paper
ruler
pencil
scissors
  

1. Take a square piece of paper and draw dress pattern (as above)

2. Using dress template to cut felt

  
3. Cut twine (x12 of 10cm lengths)

4. Glue twine strands to top of peg. Leave to dry and cut if needs to be neatened.

*a hand embroidery design on felt can be completed whilst glue dries

   

5. Glue dress in place – apply glue just to top as shown above. Then down a strip to secure the edges of felt

 

6. Draw face

  
7. Handsew a running stitch along hem and tie some thread across the waist.

  
  
The children have played with them for most of the day. 

  
They also enjoyed making some; drawing faces and choosing dress and hair colour.
  

  

Fabric Covered Notebook

Materials

Mount board 

Craft glue

Fabric

Coloured card

Note book

Craft knife

Metal ruler

Cutting board

Pencil 

   
I took some ordinary exercise books and cut and glued mount board to front and back (no need if you already have a hardback notebook)


    

Glue fabric to book and neatly fold and glue corners and inside edges

 Cut and glue card to inside front and back to hide rough edges

(If needed can use book binding tape to secure pages to inside spine of book)   
  

I have a three spare pieces of cotton fabric (below) to give away (offer ends July 2016) Please email me at thechrissiewhiteshop@hotmail.com the one you would like, inc. postal details and I’ll pop it in the post free of charge. 

Fabric size 28cm x 28cm 

  

 

Sand Garden

One of my favourite things to do with the children is going on walks and collecting pebbles, shells, feathers and flowers.

Last year we made this pretty sand garden with an old plastic tub, some sand, rocks and flowers. My daughter, who was two and a half at the time, really enjoyed arranging it all.

   

Make a cushion cover

Cushions are an easy way to update a room by adding colour, texture and reflecting the changing seasons or celebrations throughout the year. 

They are simple to make and a luxurious and professional finish can be obtained for a fraction of the cost of a retail equivalent.

We have a nearby shop that sells the scraps from a high end furniture upholstery workshop. The fabric for the cushions I made here cost £4. It’s always worth having a root around in a remnants box.

MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT

Fabric (medium weight)

Fabric scissors

Pins

Pattern paper

Ruler with set square 

Pencil

Matching strong cotton thread

50cm invisible zip

Sewing machine

Overlocker (or alternative seam finishing materials)

METHOD

I’ve run out of pattern paper so I used some baking paper to draw the pattern. This makes a 50x50cm cushion cover. Each piece, as shown below, has a 1cm seam allowance. 

(Adjust measurements to your requirements – always remember to add 1cm seam allowance).

   

Use a set square to get the right angles straight. Double check all the measurements, cut the templates and pin in place on fabric. 

If you are using fabric with a pattern, remember to pin template according to pattern. If using velvet, be sure that the grain flows in the same direction for all the pieces.

I made two cushions so folded fabric to cut x2 pieces at the same time.

 

 
Cut fabric and overlock the edges. If you don’t have an overlocker, fabric glue will seal edges or iron on webbing, binding or zig zag stitch.
 
Machine stitch the open zip in place with an invisible zip foot. 

It should like this from the back (picture above)

And like this from the front (pic below)  

Change machine invisible zip foot to a zip foot (looks like a regular machine foot that’s been cut in half).

Next, with the zip open, sew 8cm in from the sides of cover to close the openings on both ends of the zip (sew as close to the zip as possible – you’ll be able to feel the zip through the fabric). 

The gap shown in the above picture should now be sewn together so there should be a neat finish when opening and closing the zip.

Pin front and back pieces together with the wrong side showing (making sure grain and pattern is matched) **Leave zip open halfway -so cushion can be turned the right way after stitching edges.

Sew all edges leaving 1cm seam. 

Turn the cover the right way through the open zip and gently push the corners out with a blunt intrument such as a knitting needle.

Insert a duck feather cushion pad. 

I’ve used a 56cm cushion pad but one up to 60-70cm can be used for extra plumpness.

   

Felt Chicks

This little chick makes a lovely gift or looks great dotted around the house for Easter celebrations. A looped ribbon can be easily added to make a hanging decoration or a rattle insert can be put in. Multiple  chicks with loops can be attached to a length of cord which will make a pretty garland for a nursery or can be used to make a sweet mobile to hang above a crib.

You will need

Paper

Pencil

Scissors (fabric and paper)

Circular object to draw around (diameter 7cm)

Felt fabric (yellow and orange)

Cotton thread (yellow and black)

Sewing needle

Soft toy filling

First draw out your pattern. I would have done a downloadable one, if only I knew how to set that up! Anyway this way you get to do it all from scratch which is great because you can adjust and create patterns for different animals for future projects.

  
1. Draw around circular object  (7cm diameter)

2. Use scissor handle to draw head shape. Then draw ‘shark fin’ shape on right for the tail.  

3. Use the circular object to draw from back of head to tail. Round off the bottom of head and tail.

4. Draw a small triangle (approx 1.5cm sides)

5. Use the top of circular object to draw top part of a semi circle. Do the same on opposite side to create an oval that 7.5cm wide and 4cm high.

  
6. Draw points at the sides of the oval (shown above) taking the shape to 8.5cm wide. It should look a lemon or an eye. 

7. Draw a shape the same as the tail (you can trace it from the tail). Round it off to create the wing. It should be 4cm long and 2cm at the widest part. 

  
8. Cut templates out

9. Cut the shapes from felt. Orange for the beak. Everything else yellow. Also cut two pieces of all but the ‘lemon’ shape for which you’ll only need 1 piece.  

I made three chicks and find it easier to cut all at once. 

   
10. Mark with pencil where the eye will be stitched then stitch using black cotton. I did 4 stitches, two crosses that made a small 8 point star.

  
11. Fold the widest part of the wing and hand stitch in place. Repeat with the opposite piece.

  
12. Stitch the ‘lemon’ shape piece to the bottom side of chick with the seam exposed. I chose to hand stitch with a back stitch. 

  
13. Place the opposite piece in place and stitch around leaving the top and front of the chicks head unstitched. (If you are making a garland, hanging decoration or mobile stitch in the loop/ribbon/ties at the top)

  

14. Using pen or knitting needle to reach the tail, begin to fill a little at a time, gently separating the filling to give a smooth finish. The children loved doing this (If you are making a rattle put the insert in with the filling)

    
15. When it is just about full, stitch in place the beak. Keep filling as you stitch until it is closed. 

  
Ours have been named Aleela, Rosie and Bill. 
  

 A fun little project that the children can be involved and enjoy playing with. 

Hope you will enjoy making these, tag my Instagram account chrissie_white I would love to see your finished pieces 🙂