Sew Ready to Play 2015 Recap!

Wow! What a great way to celebrate 5 years of Sew Ready to Play!! A huge thank you to everyone that participated in, what I think is, a super fun sewing series!
It’s been so fun seeing what everyone came up with and what your favorite games are! In case you missed a day, here’s a recap of all the great tutorials!

Thanks again everyone!!!!

Pinterest Try Tuesdays (or Wednesday..)- Homemade Sand Art

Well, I guess it’s Pinterest Try Wednesday this week! And sorry I missed last week’s Pinterest Try Tuesday!


This week we tried to make Homemade Sand for a Sand Art project! Did you make these as kids? I loved making sand art! When my son decided to have an art party birthday party this year, I knew we had to make sand art, but he had no idea what I was talking about.

I just happened to have a little sand art kit from the Dollar Tree that I had been holding onto for a Stocking stuffer. So I pulled that out and he fell in love too! Yea! I knew he’d love it!

So this week’s Try isn’t from one particular blog pinned to Pinterest. I read a bunch of How-To’s here and there. I need to make ALOT, so I decided I didn’t want to try the using food coloring and drying it out. I wanted more instant results.


There are a lot of tutorials out there that say to use sand and sidewalk chalk.


Well, I got what looks like sand and sidewalk chalk…. Not the colored sand look I was going for…


But most tutorials online seem to think that grating the sidewalk chalk into salt is the best idea. So we did that! The results were actually pretty good! I grated it using the fine side of the grater. And the day we did it, it looked great.


After it sat while you can see the two different textures between the salt and the ground sidewalk chalk.


You can see how after a few days the salt/chalk starts to separate a bit.

I even found a box of 52 pieces of chalk for 4 bucks! I was ready to go with it! I was ready to grind a bunch of chalk with salt for hours on end to prepare for the birthday party activity. But in the end, we’re buying colored sand for the sand art birthday party activity!


The bought sand is, of course, easier. But it’s brighter and the right texture for the project!

The homemade sand would be perfect on a day were the kiddos are bored, you have bottles, sidewalk chalk and salt! You whip some up and there you go!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Super Balls…

We were very sad… Today I present another installment of Pinterest Try Tuesday, but this week we have a Pinterest Fail… Sad….


This week we decided to make super balls. Which I think are the plastic balls that bounce. We weren’t completely sure, but we decided to try it anyway.

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We followed the tutorial from Making Memories with Your Kids. Check out the original tutorial for the details (because you don’t want to follow mine if it’s super balls you are looking for!!) Her’s look amazing! Ours…. Not so much!


The tutorial calls for glue, food coloring, borax, cornstarch and water. All the materials we had at home, so luckily this was a free one for us!


We seemed to follow the directions correctly. First we mixed the glue and food coloring.


Then we mixed the cornstarch, borax and water.


And we mixed the two concoctions together. Still following the directions to a tee!


We pulled out our goo. Looks pretty much exactly like Making Memories goo….



Then we started to roll them into a ball. And we rolled. And we rolled some more. But they never really changed into a ball. Now if you are looking for a way to make brains for your halloween party… This would be great prop! It even felt kinda like brains. Or how I imagine brains to feel like, since I’ve never actually rolled brains around in my hands….


So we called this a fail and cleaned up the mess!

I saw this done on another blog, following the same tutorial, and it worked for them. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I want to give it another try, but I’m on my own. The kiddo is done with it. For a little boy that loves making art, he does not like to get very gooey! If I have better luck next time, I’ll let you know!

Have you ever tried this? Did it work? If you see I did something wrong, please let me know!




Pinterest Try Tuesday- Handmade Geodes

This week I gave the boys a choice. We skimmed through my pinterest board, Fun For the Kids, and they decided to try the Handmade Geodes!


The original tutorial for this project is from the Dollar Store Crafts blog. And it’s a pretty good tutorial! We followed it pretty closely on the first round, but had to make some alterations for the second round!


It’s a great and easy project! It only takes a few minutes to get it set up. Then the waiting and the watching begins! We made one batch and another friend wanted to try, so we made batch two!


I had all the materials except for the Borax. We used regular pipe cleaners, but supposedly it works with metallic pipe cleaners even better. I also got nervous about using our drinking glasses for the Borax mixture, so I used plastic cups. If you use plastic cups, make sure it’s a pretty heavy plastic, because you will be pouring boiling water into them! Then you’ll also need some sort of string, I used clear thread, skewers, wash clothes and boiling water.




To start, we tied the thread around the ppe cleaner and then balled up the pipe cleaners. The boys had way too much fun with this! Although our friend did wonder why we were doing this outside with my white background and why I was taking soooo many pictures!



This is the parent step! Boil water. Once it’s boiling add the borax. The original directions called for about 3 tablespoons per cup of water. I recommend about 5 tablespoons of borax per cup of water! Then pour the water into the cups to cover the pipe cleaner balls.


Cover and wait! In about 5 hours they will start to crystal. But we left overnight. Some we left even longer than that!



We ended up with more crystals on the cup than on our geode, but the second batch with the extra Borax totally helped getting more crystallization!


Our favorite geode is the very rare donut geode!


The blue and the green are the best. The results of the 5 tablespoons to one cup batch!


This is the result from batch one, 3 tablespoons to 1 cup. Not a very good coverage of crystals….



They look good from one side. But the other???? Well…. Not so much….



I don’t know about you, but we’re having a great time with this little Tuesday series! It’s been fun seeing if these projects really work (I’ve seen those Pinterest Fail photos!)! I wonder what we’ll do for next week??? hmmmm….

If you have a project you want us to try, let me know!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Balloon Balls

I’m starting a new thing! Pinterest Try Tuesday! You might have already figured it out…. My goal is to try a new ‘pin’ each week. I don’t know about you, but I ‘pin’ a lot of things. Then I never look at most of them again. Wellll…. I pinned them for a reason, and typically that reason is that I want to try to make it.


So I’m going through my ‘pins’ and picking one to try each week. Then on Tuesday, I’ll let you know how they turn out! I thought for the summer that I’d start with ‘pins’ for the kiddos! And we decided to start with these cool balloon balls! The link associated with the pin is now gone….


You can google sensory balls for other people’s how to’s, but I went on memory.


We decided to try it with both playdoh as a filler and rice as a filler! To give it a try you’ll need either/or rice and play dough, balloons (two different sizes is key), and a funnel.


First, the play dough ones! For these I cut the balloons first!


Then load them with play dough. I’d recommend dollar store play dough, instead of the more expensive ‘real’ stuff. Or you can make it yourself! Then stuff the stuffed balloon into another empty balloon. You can keep adding more balloons if you’d like!


And for the rice ones… These take more patience! Put the balloon around the funnel. Getting the rice through the funnel can be frustrating! It does pour in as quickly as we thought it would. I almost lost my helper during this step! You just have to take it slow and pour small amounts of rice at once!


Then tie it off and trim the end. And again, now you stuff the full one into an empty one.


KEY! The key for the balloons, at least for us, was to have two sizes of balloons. Fill the larger one and then wrap it with the smaller one to get the really cool looking tight fit.



The results make for one happy kiddo! And if your kiddo juggles, I bet they would be even happier with these! We’ve had fun with them! If you are looking for a bouncy ball, this is not it!


The rice one…. It doesn’t squeeze down quite as much. It’s lighter than the play dough one. It keeps it’s round shape better than the play dough version. He likes it.


The play dough version… Despite his expression, this is his favorite! It makes for a really cool squeeze! More like the stress balls that you can find in stores.


But, it doesn’t keep the round shape. You have to work it back into a round ball….


All in all, I’m glad we finally made these!


And I’m pretty sure this guy is too! I say it’s a YES pinterest project!

You can follow me on pinterest! And this project was in my Fun For the Kids pinterest board!



Quick and Easy Cord Tacos- a Super Simple Tutorial

Have you seen these cord tacos?? I’ve been seeing them in magazines and catalogs. And of course, I pull the ‘I can make that’ routine!


Everywhere I have seen them, they are about 5 dollars a piece. Granted, a lot of them are leather, but still…. If you’re like me, you have scraps of vinyl and or leather around from other projects and you have a pile of snaps. So it’s going to be way cheaper then what they are selling them for! And I don’t need mine to be leather anyway!


I do a lot of my blogging on my laptop in the living room with a table next to my chair. And on my table is this cool basket full of cords. It drives me nuts, because I go to grab a cord and they all come rolling out!


The fix? Cord Tacos! And I love that the ends stick out, so I can see exactly what I am looking for!



Seriously, these are SO easy to make. It took me about a half hour to make all 5. If that! You need a little bit of vinyl or leather. Scissors. Something to draw a circle with. I used my dollar store compass. And a snap set.

I used the marine grade vinyl because it doesn’t have the flannel backing on it.


Draw your circles. I made mine 3 and 5 inches in diameter. The smaller size is probably going ot get the most use. It’s perfect for the cell phone chargers, etc. I did make one smaller for my fitbit charger, about 2.5 inch diameter.


Cut out the circle.


Locate where you want the snap and mark it.


Punch a hole through both sides.


Install snaps.


And that’s it! You’re done! See why I didn’t want to pay 35 buckaroos?


I’m so excited that I finally sat down and made these. I tore the page out of the catalog and it’s been sitting on my sewing table since Christmas. And speaking of Christmas, wouldn’t these be perfect stocking stuffers? Um, YES! You can do them in leather for a more sophisticated look and vinyl for a more colorful, fun look!



Who needs Super Man when there’s Tiger Man???

We have great friends that moved across the world, but they come back to visit every now and then! And last month they came home and we all got to celebrate their kiddos birthday together!


I got to make a Party Animal Birthday Party theme for him, which I’ll show off soon! But his parents also asked if I could make him a Tiger Man costume! Of course I can!


Wait…. Who’s Tiger Man?


Tiger Man is a made up super hero, made up by my friend and his son! Ok, sure I can do it, but what does he look like? They didn’t know. They tell stories about Tiger Man, but he’s never been seen before!


I used the same basic mask design that I used for the arctic fox and the fox. I obviously changed the colors. And of course, I had to add some tiger stripes. Since he is Tiger Man, of course!



I decided Tiger Man totally needed some super hero cuffs. And I’m glad I did, I heard that the real Tiger Man (my son was just modeling) uses the cuffs for all his adventures and they’ve become a very integral part of Tiger Man!


And before he runs off to protect us, Tiger Man’s cape includes tiger stripes and the special letter T!

Have you and your family made up special super heroes?


Quilt as You Go Tablet Cover Tutorial

Wow! It’s been a while! I’ve been super busy and excited about getting my etsy shop more organized and getting more parties to put in it! More to come on that soon… In the meantime, do you want to see another Christmas present I made and never showed off?


I made this tablet cover from my Step Mom for Christmas! Some people are probably already making CHristmas presents for this year, but I’m just showing you a present I made for last year!


I don’t actually have a tablet, but I do have a model (AKA a book) that fits in the cover quite nicely…. hehehe….


I started with two pieces of this angel fabric I’ve had. One main piece for the front.


And one main angel piece for the front.


What do you think? Would you want to make one? Well, just in case I took pictures all along the way to show you how I did it….


First cut the batting. So to get the right size… For the width, take the width of the tablet + the thickness of the tablet + 1″ for seam allowances + 1/4″ for a little extra. For the length, you want to take the length of the tablet + the thickness of the tablet + 4″. But wait! Don’t cut yet! I cut my batting about an inch wider and longer!




Then quilt as you go the cover! I’m not going to do a full quilt as you tutorial today, but start with you accent block, then start quilting around it and around it until you’ve quilted the whole top.


Trim the top piece to the right dimensions that you came up with earlier.



Cut the shape of the flap. I used a couple of spools of thread to make the curves. The curve is 3.5 inches. Fold the top in half and cut. Do this for the lining and the top.


Fold legthwise, right sides together. Bring the bottom up, but hold it off 4 inches from the top. Then sew along the edges. With the lining, leave a hole to pull through later.



Pull the corners together with seams together. Sew along the triangle.


Add velcro to the lining.



Insert the lining into the top, right sides together. And sew along the top using a 1/2″ seam.


After you pull the whole cover through the hole so right sides are out, topstitch along the top edge and flap.


Sew the hole closed!


Add the velcro to the top. And you’re ready to add that tablet!


And then give it away of keep it for yourself! I broke it down into a bunch of steps, but it’s really quite a quick project. The quilt as you go part took the longest! The rest was quick, quick! And since I used a book to model the cover, you could use it for more than just a tablet… What would you use it for?





A Walk Down Memory Lane!

This weekend was totally sunny and felt like summer here in Seattle. The rain has come back, but in the meantime I was reminiscing about some of the fun summer projects the kiddo and I have done together! I thought I’d re-share some of my favorites that I want to do again this summer!

the water blob- I'm Feelin' Crafty

I really can’t believe we haven’t made another water blob! It was so much fun! Totally on the list for this summer!

ice cube paints- I'm Feelin' Crafty

We made the ice paint at the same time as the blob! I’d love to see what kind of paintings the kiddo would come up with this time!



OK, I think might be one of my most favorite projects! The glue shirts were super cool! We’re so doing this again this summer!


Yes, this is a little fall like, but we love the salad spinner art. I think it would be fun to come up with a whole zoo of salad spinner animals. I wonder what other animals this would work with? What about a parrot? Or a peacock? hmmmm….What else???

Melted Bead Sun Catchers-I'm Feelin' Crafty- Windchime

And lastly, the melted bead projects. A great summer project, since I use my stove I need to open the house and send the kid outside while they melt. It’s a pretty popular post on the ‘ole blog, too. If you want to do it, read all the comments too, there’s a lot of questions answered and tips from other readers!

What projects do you have on the list for the summer?

No Sew Easter Egg Placemats- a Crafty Tutorial

I was all prepared to do a bunch of crafty Easter decorating, but I can’t kick this horrible cold. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten as many projects done as planned! But we did some sunny spring weather and we headed outside to do an Easter craft!


First we did a fun and totally kid friendly project with stamping with toilet paper rolls. Then we glued them together with Speed Sew to make placemats!



With eggs and without!


Want to know what you need? Fabric for the front and back of the placemats, fabric paint, a bunch of toilet paper rolls, Speed Sew (you can sew these too, but I chose to use the Speed Sew). I also use toothpicks to spread the glue around, but they were MIA for the photo!


First step… Cut your fabric into 13×19 inch rectangles.


Put out the paint and get those rolls in there!




How to get the egg shape? Just pinch one end. Or put a little more pressure on one side of the roll to squeeze the round shape into an egg shape. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not hard!



Then stamp! At first I thought we could use both ends of the toilet paper roll, but you can’t. You’ll want to use the top to add pressure to get your paint on evenly.


I was going for a more graphic look. But my little helper went all artistic on me and started painting Easter Egg Heads! I was specifically told that this one CAN NOT become a placemat. It will be hanging on the wall!


Iron a 1/2″ hem on each side.



Now comes the Speed Sew! No sewing involved! (You can sew if you prefer, but now I have a way to not sew!) This step doesn’t need much glue. Just a little to tack it down.




Glue the top and bottom together, wrong sides together. This step, I made sure to get really good glue coverage along the edges. Do this along each edge.



And you’ve got some placemats! Yea!!



We had fun making these! I wish I had had some cardstock with me to make cards, too. It would have been a great project for some easter cards, but we ran out of time before our family date night! What do think? Look like fun?




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