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.
  

  

Handmade Advent Calendar

The weeks leading up to Christmas seem to get faster and faster but this year instead of adding our usual advent calendars to the end of our online grocery shop, I wanted to make something a little more special for our daughters, something they could keep for years to come. 

  
Materials –

1/2 m hessian fabric

Scissors

Ruler

Pencil

Sewing machine

Pole (I used part of a clothes hanger)

Dressmaking pins

Pattern paper (I used baking paper) 

Ribbons

Felt fabric advent numbers

Felt fabric (christmas colours)

Ribbons

Bias binding (5m)

String

Fabric glue

  
I started off by doing a quick sketch of design I wanted 

  

Once happy with the design, I drew it out onto pattern paper (I used baking paper)

  

Cut out all the pieces – one large back piece and 6 strips for the pockets 

   

Sew bias binding on the two longest sides of the pocket strips

 

Add decorative ribbon to the top sides

  

It is possible to buy felt advent calendar numbers but I made my own, – Use a paper template and cut numbers out of white felt fabric

  

Glue down the numbers and once dry machine stitch. 

Make small marks for the vertical stitched lines that divide the pockets

  

Pin in place and stitch on the reverse along the bottom of the pocket pieces. 

Test that the pockets are the right way around before sewing.

  

It should look like this when finished and ready to turn up and reveal the numbers. Pin in place.

Pin and stitch binding around edge

  

Tie bows and stitch in place. Alternatively, festive felt shapes can be used.

Stitch vertical lines for the pocket dividers

  

Fold over and stitch top section leaving enough room for pole to be inserted. 

  

Tie string and advent calendar is ready to hang and fill with goodies