Bocce Ball with Marci Girl Designs

Today’s guest is Marci, from Marci Girl Designs!!! Another online friend that I can’t wait to meet one day soon! My face to face friend Debbie, introduced us when I was looking for pattern testers and we’ve been online friends ever since! She makes such adorable things for her kiddos and quilts! You’ve got to check her out if don’t already know her! Welcome, Marci!!

Hi Guys!  I’m excited to be here today participating for the first time in Sew Ready to Play.  When I received the invite from Louise I instantly knew what project I wanted to create, Bocce Ball.  You see, back in the day before I had children (about 8 years ago now) my husband and I really got into the game.  We have a large yard, plenty of space and it was really fun to play and in my mind at the time a wee bit of exercise. HA!  The problem started once we had children, if you are at all familiar with the game it uses these really hard heavy balls, and you are chunking them (sometimes pretty far) across the yard.  This isn’t really safe to play around toddlers who want to play too but don’t understand that they can get injured (badly) if hit by one of these balls.  So sadly my husband and I picked up our set waiting for the day when our kids were old enough to understand and play along.  So how do I remedy our predicament?  Fabric Bocce Balls and now we can even play indoors!  Woohoo!  For any of you not familiar with Bocce Ball or want to know the rules of the game, click HERE for the basics and images of how the game plays.

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3.5″ Fabric Bocce Ball Tool and Supply Lists

Tools Needed:
Paper, Pen, Sewing Machine, Thread, Pins, Scissors, Ruler, Rotary Cutter, Self Healing Cutting Mat

Supplies Needed:
Drafted template onto paper.
6 fabric prints/solids for each ball, cutting 2 pentagons from each fabric for a total of 12 for each ball.
Iron on interfacing scraps, I used Pellon SF-101 in both black and white.
Fiberfill or Batting Scraps

How to Draft the Pentagon Template:

How to Create Pentagon

I wanted to include a PDF download template file for you guys, but alas my scanner decided to HATE me and isn’t working right now, but that is ok because I can easily show you how to draft the template yourself.  All you need is a piece of paper, pen and a ruler (preferably a quilters ruler that has both parallel and perpendicular lines on it.)

1.  Draw a dot, which will be the top of the pentagon.  Draw a line straight down from the dot that measures 3 1/8.”  Next draw a perpendicular line at the bottom that measures 2″.  This line should be centered with 1″ on either side.  Draw two dots, one on each end of this line.
2.  Measure up 2″ from the bottom line and draw a line that is perpendicular with the center line.  This line should measure 3 1/8″ and should be centered just like the bottom line.  Since this measurement is a bit odd, I just measured over 1 1/2″ and then marked 1/16″ over from that.  Do that on both sides and then check to make sure the overall line measures 3 1/8″.  Draw two dots, one on each end of this line.
3.  Now that you have 5 dots, ignore everything else and just connect the dots.  Voila!  You now have a finished pentagon template.  To double check and make sure everything is the correct size, each side of the pentagon should measure right at 2″.  Trust me, if the measurement is a little off, you will still be fine.  Now cut out the template and move on to the next step.

3.5″ Fabric Bocce Ball Cutting and Interfacing Instructions

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In order to play Bocce Ball, you need 8 balls, 4 for each player.  In a normal set, 4 of the balls are red and 4 of the balls are green.  I decided to change things up and instead made a cool color and warm color set.  Originally I thought of using prints but in the end thought solids would be fun and less distracting.  You can see in the above photo my fabric pull for the 8 balls.  You need to have 6 different colors for each ball if you don’t want any duplicate colors or prints touching each other.

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I didn’t worry with making the template on card stock, as long as you don’t cut the actual paper, it will be fine, you don’t have to be super accurate when cutting out the pentagons, just close enough.  The above left photo shows that I am using scraps.  I then line up my ruler along the edge of the template and cut with a rotary cutter.  Continue for each side just making sure not to cut the paper.  You can see on the right photo that I’m not even that close to the paper.  You need to cut 12 pentagons for each ball, ideally in 6 different prints/solids.

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The next step is key to getting a nice sturdy, tough and smooth ball.  You need to interface each piece.  So I used Pellon Shapeflex 101, which is an iron on interfacing.  As you can see I used scraps, they don’t have to be perfect and it is better to cut the pieces about 1/8″ smaller than the fabric.  This is also beneficial when Ironing as you have less chance of getting glue on your iron or ironing board.  I used both black and white interfacing.  White on the light colors and dark on the dark colors.  I also used the interfacing to create a subtle difference between solids that are really close in color.  For example the two orange pentagons were very close in color, the top has black interfacing and the bottom has white interfacing.  Notice how it creates a greater color difference between the two, subtle but different.  Now that cutting and interfacing are finished let’s get to sewing these babies!

3.5″ Fabric Bocce Ball Sewing Tutorial

Steps 1 through 4 Bocce Ball Marci Girl Designs

1.  You will be using a 3/8″ seam throughout.  You need to mark (I use the pins) 3/8″ in from each side.  Line up two pentagons, right sides together and pin them together.  Since I put these pins in at 3/8″ I just stitch from pin to pin.  Another crucial feature of making these balls sturdy is to lower your stitch length.  I used 1.5, it is a small stitch.  Back stitching at both ends is crucial, don’t forget to do this every time.  Remove pins.
2.  Open up the two pentagons and finger press the seam to the left.  Taking a third pentagon, right sides together, pin right where the seam is in the middle and pin the other end at 3/8″.  Stitch, remembering to back stitch at both ends.
3.  Open up the three pentagons.  Now here is the tricky or neat part, you need to connect these three pentagons together.  Gently rotate the upper right pentagon over onto the upper left pentagon. As seen on the green fabric that I am holding.
4.  Now pin these two together.  3/8″ in from the left side and then put a pin right where the other seam ends.  You can see I have this pin at an angle, be careful not to catch the fabric that is sandwiched in there because it is neatly tucked inside.  Stitch, back stitching at both ends in between the two pins.  Remove pins, open up and you should have three pentagons neatly stitched together like the blue one I am holding.  Congratulations if you can get this far, you can make a fabric ball and you have successfully sewn a Y seam!

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5.  Decide which pentagon you want to act as the “middle” pentagon and orient it on top.  Take a forth pentagon, pin (right sides together) right at the middle seam (finger press that seam upwards towards the top pentagon) and then pin the outer edge 3/8″ in.  Stitch.
6.  Remove pins, open up and it should look like the upper aqua set that I am holding.  You will then do the same neat rotating trick (the same as step #3) and attach the newly sewn forth pentagon to the now designated middle pentagon.  Pinning and stitching in the same manner as all the others.  Remembering to always finger press that back seam out of the way and not catching any of that sandwiched fabric.  Once finished you will have 4 pentagons sewn together.
7.  Taking a fifth pentagon, add it to the top of the forth pentagon, sewing the same way as all the others.  Open it up and it will look like the top blue set.  Then repeat that neat little rotating trick to stitch it onto the middle pentagon.  You should now have a middle pentagon and 5 other pentagons attached with just one opening as shown on the bottom pink set.
8.  This is what step #7 looks like when you rotate it to stitch it onto the middle pentagon.

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9.  Now close up that one last opening.  Rotate the right side pentagon onto the left side opening, right sides together, pin and stitch in the same manner as all the other seams.  Be careful not to catch any of the fabric or back seams.  Remove pins, open it up and it should look like this photo, which is now exactly half of the ball.  You will need to create the other half of the ball, so repeat steps 1-9.
10.  You now have 2 ball halves that you need to stitch together.  Rotate the halves around until you have no prints/same colors touching.  The key to joining the two halves together is to remember that the peaks join into the valleys as shown in the photo.  The upper half (peak) nestles into the lower half (valley.)
11.  Pin, finger pressing the left seam in the back towards the left and finger pressing the right seam to the right as shown in this photo.  Stitch.
12.  Continue to stitch around the whole ball, one short seam at a time, finger pressing the seams out of the way.  Stitch all nine joints, leaving the tenth open.  You can see in the photo I have my finger stuck in the opening, leave it un-sewn as this is where you will turn the ball right side out.

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Two techniques that I found helpful: 
1.  Once you have sewn all your seams and are ready to turn the ball right side out.  I found clipping the corners 1/4″ in on every intersection produced a smoother ball in the end.  I didn’t trim the seams, it wasn’t necessary.  You can see my clipped seam in the left photo above.
2.  Another key to stitching these and having a smooth ball with no tucks or puckers can be seen on the photo to the right.  When stitching each separate seam make sure you don’t overlap your stitching and you don’t even have to meet the adjacent stitched seam, it is better if you don’t.  You can see in the photo that my seams are about an 1/8″ away from each other.  I even messed up that top seam by starting out at 3/8″ and then gradually shifting to 1/4″ (old habits.)  You can see I just left it and restitched the seam correctly.  By leaving that little bit of space you are making sure not to catch other bits of fabric on the inside and creating tucks.  When in doubt, leave the space!  This is not the type of project where you have to be precise.

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Turn the ball through that little opening (yes it requires some work, pulling and a lot of tugging but it will work.)  You can see all eight turned above and you can see the opening really well on the yellow one  Now it is time to stuff them.  Stuff them really full, I mean really full, tight as you can stuff it!  This is a great project to use up all those random batting strips and scraps you have laying around, just stuff them in.  If you don’t have that, just use Fiberfill, one bag was plenty for all eight with leftovers.  Once it becomes too hard to put anymore filling inside it, you are ready to stitch it closed.  I used matching polyester thread (it is stronger) and stitched using a ladder stitch 1/8″ apart just to get the opening closed.  There will be some gaping and it won’t look wonderful.  I then went back over the seam a second time with a whip-stitch just catching both sides and stitching as close together as I could, pulling tightly.  You can see my stitching on the right photo.  Knot off the end with your preferred method and clip the thread.  Keep in mind this is for children to play with, it doesn’t need to be perfect, they won’t mind.

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Congratulations!  You are finished and now have a neat hand made fabric ball.  Stuff and hand stitch the remaining balls until you have a set of eight.  Play ball!

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Now if you have a good eye you might notice I am missing something, the jack or pallina, which is another small ball that you throw at the beginning of the game, it serves as the target in which you are throwing your larger balls at (or as close as you can get them.)  This ball measures about 2″ in diameter and is too small to sew using this method.  I plan to English Paper Piece this ball and sew it all by hand, but haven’t done that yet.  In the meantime I am just going to let my kiddos use a ping pong ball or another small plastic ball that is lightweight and can’t break anything or hurt anyone.  Not a big deal but I don’t want you to think I forgot about it!

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Louise, thank you for having me.  I truly hope you guys will give this tutorial a try, even if you only make one ball for your kiddos, it is a quick and rewarding project.  Your kids will go nuts for it too, trust me, my oldest has been dying to get his hands on them.

Be sure to stop back by for more!

Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

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- 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!



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?


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?


I’m not much up on the whole Pokemon thing. The kiddo isn’t into that whole thing yet. But…


One of his buddies up the street is! And she just had a Pokemon birthday party. So of course I needed a birthday present. I know our friend loves stuffies. I know she loves Pokemon and her favorite character is Pikachu. And I’ve been following along with ikat bag‘s Menagerie Stuffie Pattern.

Menagerie Pattern

Have you seen it? I was waiting everyday to see what she would come up with next! Using the same basic pattern she came up with a frog, a dragon, a shark, and my favorite, the squid! And many more! 17 actually. Fantastic! It’s so cool. The pattern is not out yet, but she did participate in Sew Mama Sew’s 6 Weeks of Love for Softies and gave us a sneak peek at the pattern with the Raccoon Pattern.


So I jumped! Stuffie + Pikachu + Menagerie Raccoon Pattern = AWESOME Birthday Present! The pattern was perfect for my project! It’s so simple!


I got to use two new materials that I have never used before! The plastic eyes and the stuffing beads. I ordered the beads not long ago to use in the lap desk, but the bag ended up being tiny. These are like little beads of plastic, not the tiny polyfill microbeads that fly around. I was going ot return them, but it cost more ot return them so I figured I’d use them sooner or later. Yep!! Good call!


The obvious changes from the raccoon are the ears and the tail. I did add heavy interfacing in the ears to help them stay straight. I also deleted the nose and instead hand embroidered it.


Image via Polygon

I debated adding the open pink mouth.  After I started all the pieces, I was sewing on the cheeks and was about to sew on the open mouth when I saw this picture. Totally inspired the closed mouth. So sweet looking!



And I moved the stripes from the tail to the back! For the cheeks and the back I used high quality wool felt, instead of a fleece. But for the tail I did use a little bit of brown fleece. It was much easier to pull through the tail than the felt would have been. I think if I made it again, I would add one piece across the back instead of 4 little pieces. You can download the pieces I added here. There are no seam allowances included in my pieces.


I think it turned out freakin’ adorable! I’m in love with it! And I know the birthday girl was pretty happy with him too! There are such cute critters in the whole Pokemon thing, that  I almost want to try to make a whole series of them! What would you make with her pattern?

No Sew Lap Desk Tutorial with a Speed Sew Giveaway!

When we go most places the kiddo leaves with a handful of legos…. Then he drops the legos in the car…


So I wanted to make him a lap desk to hold those legos so they don’t end up all over the car! And that’s what we did!


I kept looking for a fun lap desk with sides, but I couldn’t find any since they are mostly made for laptops. Then I was wandering through Goodwill one day and noticed a tray! Oh, yeah! It hit me, I can make it myself. Hello? WHy hadn’t I thought of this before???


Want to make one? It’s super easy! Of course, I got the tray at our local Goodwill. You’ll also need poly fill microbeads, cardboard or foam core, fabric, speed sew, hot glue and some trace paper.


First, you’ll want to trace the outline of your tray and then cut it out of your cardboard or foam core. I used the foam core just becuase it’s what I had closest to me!


Cut your fabric. I cut mine about 3 1/2 inches larger than my foam core on each side. In hindsight, I’d probably go a bit thinner, maybe 2 1/2 inches.



Next, pull up the corners so that you have a triangle of fabric like in the picture above. Pin along the long side of the triangle. Do it for each corner.


And in comes Speed Sew! Have you used this stuff? It’s little blurb is, Don’t sew it, Speed Sew it!’ You put this glue on the fabric, hold it for a minute and it’s like it’s been sewn together! I love it! I’m trying to figure out how to make a no sew quilt for those readers out there that want to make a quilt but don’t sew! Not sure if I’ll be able to do it, but I’m working on it!



Unpin your triangles and glue along the line between the two right sides. Put the glue on a piece of paper or cardboard and use some sort of spreader to apply the glue. I didn’t have great luck with getting the glue where I wanted it when I applied directly to the fabric. Other people might be better at this than I am, but until you know, stick with a spreader!

Don’t cut the rest of the triangles!




Center the cardboard back in the middle of the fabric. We’re gluing the fabric to the cardboard. Start with the corners and gather around. Then do 3 sides. Not all four! Just three! Then go around and make sure you have a nice border of hot glue all around.


Use a funnel to fill the lap desk with the micro-beads. This can get messy! They kinda fly around…. So SLOWLY fill the funnel. I tried to speed it up and pour directly into the lap desk. But it made a mess! So I recommend the funnel!


Once the lap desk is filled, hot glue that side closed too! Then push on the lap desk and if you have any holes, micr-beads will start flying! Fill in the gaps if needed!


Lastly, hot glue the lap desk to the tray! i had to work fast, before the hot glue dried!



Then give it a test drive! The kiddo was very pleased with it and it ready to take it out on the open road!


What do you think? Would your kiddos like one? I bet they would!! I want one for when I’m crafting in the car on road trips! hmmmm… I might have to make another one!


And now for the giveaway! 2 tubes of Speed Sew! It dries in minutes, doesn’t wash out and can be used for crafts and fabric repairs. I bet it would be a great way to hem things if you don’t want to sew it! I just thought about that!

When you check out their website, you’ll see a bunch of red icons. Click on these for some silly tutorials with Owen Clark and Josh Rimer.

And their FB page has tons of links to other tutorials! I just had even more ideas!!

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The 5 Minute Quiver Tutorial- No Sew, Even!

Soooo… Do you have kids? Do they ask you to make them all sorts of things? Mine does. The other day he started making arrows out of straws so that he can shoot them in the house. But if you have a bunch of arrows, you need something to carry them in. Right?


So a quiver it is! OK, yes, I had to google it. We kept calling it an arrow holder, but I knew it had a name. A quiver is an arrow holder!


Honestly, I put him off for a little while. I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it….


Then I was looking for something and found this strap I salvaged from a bag headed to Goodwill. I knew it would come in handy for something! Boy was I right!


As soon as I found the strap, I knew exactly how to make a quiver! Easy Peasy!


I used black felt, a little bit of ribbon, hot glue and scissors. If you don’t have a strap, you could also use a long piece of ribbon or webbing instead of the little pieces of ribbon and the strap.


First cut out your pieces.


Then glue the little pieces of ribbon to the one of the long sides. (or your long piece of ribbon.)


Then hot glue along the long edge.


And hot glue along the bottom.


And yep, add the strap and you’re done! Seriously, 5 minutes.


So next time your adorable little kid asks for a quiver (or the more kid friendly term, an arrow holder.) you can say, ‘YOU BET.’  And if you whip it up right away, the kiddo will think you are a super hero!


Mine was pretty excited!


Ice Castle Kit In a Bag!

Calling all Frozen fans!! Or should I say, calling everyone giving a Frozen fan a gift this year!!


My son was invited to a Frozen birthday party last week and I was debating what to give. I wanted it Frozen themed, but I didn’t want it to be too ‘Frozeny’…. If you know what I mean!


Then I figured it out! Years ago I saw the DIY Fort Kit by Saltwater Kids. For real. I’ve wanted to make a DIY Fort Kit for YEARS! But I changed it up a bit and made it Frozen themed….




Most of the supplies came from the dollar store. We stocked it with clothespins, clips, suction cups, rope, double stick tape and fabric. And of course, you can’t have an ice castle without snowflakes! Now, here comes the expensive part… The fabric. The fort kit uses sheets. For this one, I wanted more of a see thru icy feel so I bought sheer fabrics. 7 yards of fabric that is! I used 4 yards of the iridescent fabric and 3 yards of the sheer. Then we did throw in a white sheet.


I also used ribbon for the ‘hooks’. I cut 6″ pieces of the ribbon, folded it over and sewed it on to the fabric pieces. I put a hook on each corner, one in the very center and one on each center of the long side… Does that make sense? But then on the white, I added a couple more hooks where I thought I’d need them. There’s no real rule here!


And I made the bag too… I kept putting off the bag because I couldn’t find the right fabric for it. One night I was going to stop by the fabric store and my son didn’t want to. I wish I could remember what he said, but whatever it was, it totally inspired me to make my own!



I just happened to have bought these foam snowflakes about 3 years ago and never used them. Perfect! And then I just happened to have a block of wood the right size. I just used some double stick tape and stuck the foam flake on there, painted it and stamped it! Easy!


Of course I had to try it out before I wrapped it! AWESOME! It made putting a fort together so simple. You have all your pieces right there. The hooks make it simple to rig it up to your furniture and doors and windows! My son really wants one, but he did request one, ‘that’s not a Frozen theme.’


What do you think? Are you off to the dollar store for supplies right now!!?? You can print the label here!

Would you add anything else? Let me know!

Lion Mask Tutorial with My Own Fringemaker

There are all sorts of projects to do with the My Own Fringemaker, but in the spirit of Halloween I’m thinking of costumes! Like maybe a Lion costume…..



I was going to make a lion stuffie. Maybe I still will, because our neighbors are having a baby any day now! Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on that! I’ve been wanting to do something lion since I found out about the My Own Fringemaker! Register to win a Fringemaker here!


And if you’ve been around here for long, you know I like masks! Especially masks! We’ve done the Mr. Fox and the Arctic Fox and now it’s the Lion. Ready to make your own?


You’ll need a fringemaker (register to win here, or buy it here), yarn, felt, 14,5″ elastic, the pattern, pipe cleaners, and cutting materials. For the felt I used four colors, cream, orange, yellow and a brownish yellow.


Cut out all your pieces.



Sew the elastic to the back piece of the mask.





Make the mane! Start by tying off the yarn on the Fringmaker in a knot. Wind the yarn around and around and around! With this one I used 2 kinds of yarn, you don’t have to. Then sew down the middle. I just sewed down once since I knew the yarn would be sewn in the mask. And lastly, Remove the mane from the Fringemaker!


Position the main on the back mask and pin it in place.


Place the front of the mask in place and the chin/cheeks piece and the middle piece on top and sew around the edges. This part isn’t super easy, so go slow so that everything stays aligned.



Embellish! Add the inside of the ear and the nose. These pieces could be glued on, but I sewed mine on. And sew down the chin and the middle pieces. Then add the wiskers. Cut a little slit in the cheeks, insert the whiskers and then sew down on top of the whiskers.


Cut out the eyes and sew around the edges.


And your done! Find a sweet kid for the mask!


You’ve got a lion! What mask would you make with the My Own Fringemaker?

Don’t forget to register to win here!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!



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