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Make Rag Dolls

 
  

Rag dolls are often a child’s favorite and they’re super easy to make from spare pieces of fabric or unwanted older fabric that would otherwise be turned into rags. In putting a rag doll together, a unique personality forms every single time.

 
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    Choose how you want your doll to look. Start with the fabric color. Any plain fabric will do, but you might want to choose something approximately skin-colored, such as cream, brown, tan, white, or pink.

     

     

    • Traditionally, rag dolls were made from scraps of fabric (rags), so see if you can find enough fabric to recycle from a pillow case, an old shirt or clothes that don’t fit.
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    Draw the outline for your doll on a cloth. Add some extra width (half an inch to 5/8″) all around the outside of your outline for a seam allowance.

     

    • Make the doll shape a little larger than you want the finished doll. When you stuff it, it will puff up and the sides will come in a little bit.
    • You can practice the outline on paper until you get it about right.
    • Make the head fairly large and round or oval.its ugly man
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    Place a second layer of fabric underneath with the right sides of the fabric together. Cut out both on the outermost line.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Pin the fabric and stitch around the outline, leaving an opening for the stuffing.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Relieve the seams around curves and corners by cutting triangular notches in the seam allowance.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Turn the doll right side out, working the fabric through the opening.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Stuff the doll with any fiber stuffing you choose.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Turn the edges of the opening under, towards the inside, and stitch it closed by hand or machine.

     
     
     
     
     
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    If desired, stitch across the legs and arms to form joints.

     
     
     
     
    A slightly different pattern

     
     
     
     
     
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    Decorate the doll. Embroider a face or sew on buttons for the eyes and nose. Hair can be made from yarn; braid it for special effect if the hair is long.

     
     
     
     
     
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    Sew doll clothes for it (another great use of found, leftover, or recycled materials), or make no-sew doll clothes.

  • This doll is your own, so have fun with it. If you want crazy colors or crazy hair, make your doll that way.
  • One way to get your doll the same shape on both sides is to trace the outline on paper, fold this pattern in half down the middle, and cut it while it is folded in half.
  • You don’t have to make fancy clothes. A simple no sew pinafore looks just as nice as a beautiful sewed masterpiece!
  • Use tailor’s chalk or washable pencil to mark the fabric if you don’t want leftover marks showing through.
  • Make the doll a bit bigger, if the fabric permits. It will be that much easier to work with and stuff.

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School holiday’s is where we try to have fun together as a family, often for free or without spending much money. I thought it would be useful to list some ways to have fun with your kids without spending a lot of money:

  1. Have a reading marathon.
  2. Write stories together.
  3. Play soccer.
  4. Paint or draw together.
  5. Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes.
  6. Go on a hike.
  7. Have a sunset picnic at a park or beach.
  8. Play board games.
  9. Play kickball.
  10. Get up early, pack breakfast, and have a sunrise breakfast.
  11. Go to a museum.
  12. Go to a playground.
  13. Play hide-and-seek.
  14. Have a pillow fight.
  15. Ride bikes.
  16. Build sandcastles.
  17. Rent a dvd and make popcorn.
  18. Tell stories.
  19. Have a scavenger hunt.
  20. Make mazes or puzzles for each other to solve.
  21. Play card games.
  22. Garden together.
  23. Bake cookies (let the kids help).
  24. Go to the zoo.
  25. Go to the library.
  26. Shop at a thrift shop.
  27. Create a blog together.
  28. Create a scrapbook.
  29. Make a movie using a camcorder and computer.
  30. Learn to play music.
  31. Fingerpaint.
  32. Make play dough from scratch.
  33. Make homemade mini pizzas.
  34. Buy popsicles.
  35. Make hand-painted T-shirts.
  36. Set up a hammock, make lemonade, relax.
  37. Go to a pool.
  38. Go to a public place, people watch, and make up imaginary stories about people.
  39. Visit family.
  40. Write letters to family.
  41. Paint or decorate the kids’ room.
  42. Make milkshakes.
  43. Play freeze tag.
  44. Create a treasure hunt for them (leaving clues around the house or yard).
  45. Decorate a pair of jeans.
  46. Do a science experiment.
  47. Play games online.
  48. Teach them to play chess.
  49. Learn magic tricks.
  50. Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member.
  51. Fly kites.
  52. Go snorkeling.
  53. Barbecue.
  54. Volunteer.
  55. Donate stuff to charity.
  56. Compete in a three-legged or other race.
  57. Create an obstacle course.
  58. Pitch a tent and sleep outside with marshmallows.
  59. Roast marshmallows.
  60. Play loud music and dance crazy.
  61. Write and produce a play (to perform before other family members).
  62. Paint each other’s faces.
  63. Have a water balloon fight.
  64. Have a gun-fight with those foam dart guns.
  65. Explore your yard and look for insects.
  66. Go for a walk and explore the neighborhood.
  67. Go jogging.
  68. Take pictures of nature.
  69. Play a trivia game.
  70. Make up trivia questions about each other.
  71. Make hot cocoa.
  72. Play house.
  73. Decorate the house with decorations you make.
  74. Make popsicles.
  75. Play school.
  76. Do shadow puppets.
  77. Make a comic book.
  78. Play in the rain.
  79. Make mud pies.
  80. Blow bubbles.
  81. Take turns saying tongue twisters.
  82. Sing songs.
  83. Tell ghost stories in the dark with a flashlight.
  84. Build stuff with Legos.
  85. Give them a bubble bath.
  86. Play with squirt guns.
  87. Play video games together.
  88. Play wiffleball.
  89. Play nerf football.
  90. Build a rocket from a kit.
  91. Bake a cake and decorate it.
  92. Play dress-up.
  93. Thumb-wrestle, play mercy, or have a tickle fight.
  94. Make a gingerbread house, or decorate gingerbread men.
  95. Learn and tell each other jokes.
  96. Play basketball.
  97. Learn to juggle.
  98. Walk barefoot in the grass and pick flowers.
  99. Build paper airplanes and have a flying contest.
  100. Prank call their grandparents, using disguised, humorous voices.

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Cable tidy examples

I created this tutorial for the Buzz Feed website. I loved creating it as it was a bit of a challenge to do something I wouldn’t usually do and be given a little brief for a craft make – it got the cogs whirring!

You can see the tutorial on the Buzz Feed website, but all the instructions are below too!

You will need: two wooden clothes pegs, all purpose glue, washi tape in colours or patterns of your choice, and your headphones.

Step 1

Get your pegs right: First you need to check the pegs are the right size for your headphones. Open one of the pegs and clamp around the wire just below the jack plug of your headphones. If the jack plug doesn’t fall through the end, you’re onto a winner. If it does, you’ll need to get some slightly smaller pegs.

Step 2

Get taping: Bare wooden pegs are OK but you’ll want to add a bit of colour and fun to your cable tidy. To do this add some washi tape down one side of each of the pegs. Pick your favourite colours or patterns, I went for some black and white dots, but you could try neons, or pastels which would look great against the light wood.

Step 3

Glue it together: Once you’re all washi taped up, use the all purpose glue to sandwich the non-decorated sides together. The pegs will need to top-and-tail each other as shown, so you can wind your headphones round it properly.

step 4

It’s a wrap: Woo hoo! You’re pretty much there, you just need to add your headphones – et voila! Start by putting the jack plug into the end of one of the pegs, then wrapping the cable round and round your new creation. Once you run out of cable, open the other peg and secure around the wire under the earbuds.

Step 5

Ready to go: So there you have your super-simple cute cable tidy.

Finished cable tidy

I made a few more and played with some colour combos, for one of them I also decided to offset my pegs slightly to add a little something extra to the design.

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Andy Goldsworthy, leaves, leaf art, land art, environmental art, eco art

Andy Goldsworthy’s Land Art

In the land art movement, no name is bigger than Andy Goldsworthy. The British artist is recognized around the world for the ingenious sculptures and art installations that he creates using elements found in nature. Fallen leaves are among Goldsworthy’s favorite tools, and he often uses the contrast between brightly colored leaves to create dramatic geometric shapes.

Chinese leaf art, mona lisa, leaf art, mona lisa leaf, leaves, eco art,

Traditional Chinese Leaf Carving

Traditional Chinese artists carve incredibly intricate images into leaves from the Chinar tree, which is native to India, Pakistan, and China. The painstaking process involves removing the outer layers of the dried leaf with a knife (which can take months) while carefully keeping the veins intact.

Walter Mason, leaf art, land art, leaves, eco art, organic art

Walter Mason’s Striking Land Art

German artist Walter Mason uses the gifts of nature – berries, water, grass and trees — to produce his temporary art installations, but it’s Mason’s use of leaves that we’re concerned with. Mason uses leaves to create gorgeous geometric patterns and collages that he captures in photographs .

 

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Want to get your kids started on some new crafts at home? Buy them a book – we’ve rounded up 10 of the best.

Crafting With Kids

Crafting With Kids

This bright, fun book has 35 colourful projects for both girls and boys, including fancy dress costumes and seasonal decorations. Get kids started on potatoe prints, papier mache, sewing, stencilling and puppet making.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £12.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

Crochet for children book

Crochet For Children

If your kids are keen to crochet, this book will get them started. Basic techniques are covered (perfect for beginner adults, too!) and there are 35 achievable projects – from simple juggling balls to more ambitious ideas, such as a scarf, rag doll and teddy bear.

By Claire Montgomerie, it costs £14.99, Cico Books(opens in a new window).

Craft book

Christmas Crafting With Kids

Ideal as a pre-Christmas gift or just as a year-round sourcebook (who says Christmas crafts have to be limited to the festive period), this book has 35 seasonal projects, beautifully photographed.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £14.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

craft book

Christmas Crafting In No Time

Packed with 50 step by step Christmas projects, this book is ideal for older kids or young adults who want to have a go at sewing, stamping, decorating and even cooking. Projects include papier mache tree baubles, reindeer and mice and stockings to make.

By Clare Youngs, it costs £14.99, Cico Books(opens in a new window).

craft book

Cute Clothes For Kids

Not so much for kids as for adults who want to make clothes for kids. This book has 25 projects for 0 to five year olds, and includes full-size, pull-out patterns and templates to make over 40 items.

By Rob Merrett, it costs £12.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

Felt Button Bead book

Felt Button Bead

Get ready to devote your old socks, fabric remnants and clothes they’ve grown out of to their new obsession for fabric-based crafts. This book has 40 fun projects, including sock glove puppets, hand-print tea towels, decorated jeans, and belts and badges.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £14.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

How To Knit book

How To Knit

This simple introduction to knitting has step by step instructions to get them started, followed by 25 easy to achieve projects, starting with simple ideas, such as scarves, working up to knitted toys and accessories for their rooms and clothes.

It costs £12.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Making Cards Book

Making Cards

If they love making cards for their friends and relatives, why not give them ideas to copy. This book has 26 ideas – from simple swirly flowers to cute fabric collage animals, fold-out and pop-up cards – and there’s also instructions for making envelopes and ideas for wrapping paper.
By Fiona Watt, it costs £9.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Starting Needlecraft Book

Starting Needlecraft

Ideal for beginners to needlecraft, this fun book has simple instructions and easy to achieve projects to get them started. There are also internet links to help them develop their skills once they become more adept.

It costs £4.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Super Cute Felt

Super Cute Felt

This book has 35 simple step by step projects – from hair accessories to toy animals to snuggle with. Fun for kids to do – and adult beginners seem to love lots of the projects, such as coasters, tea cosies and brooches, too!

By Laura Howard, it costs £12.99,

Why not send in your Crafty kids Ideas to poetreecreations@yahoo.com

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Want to make a cake that’s a real show-off piece? Here’s how to create a rose from icing to top it. By Kirstie Allsopp

‘If you ask me, no party’s complete without a cake to eat. Like a lot of people, I love to bake when I’m at home, but the most cake decoration I’ve ever done is a slap of sugar frosting. But, in the last episode of Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Mich Turner taught me to decorate cakes – one craft that everyone should be able to try. In this step by step guide, I’ll show you how you can make mini cakes look like masterpieces with hand made roses.’

  • A plastic sleeve (the sort you get in stationery shops)
  • Sugarpaste
  • Edible glitter
  • Royal icing
  • Nozzle-less piping bag (you could use a sandwich bag)
  • Small knife to cut the sugarpaste
  • Sieve to dust the glitter
  • … and nimble fingers

Skill

Easy. And you can always eat the bits that go wrong!

Budget

Under a fiver. Sugarpaste costs approx £2 per 250g and edible glitter approx £2.50 per 1.5g tub. If you make your own royal icing it will cost just a few pence.

Time

A couple of hours… depending on how much you eat as you’re going along!

Step One: Roll Up The Sugarpaste

First you’ll need some sugarpaste. You can buy this ready coloured, or you can colour it yourself. Rip a little piece off – it’s quite sticky – and roll it into a sausage. Slice the sausage into six little circles.

Step Two: Squish The Sugarpaste Into Petals

Lay your circles out on the bottom sheet of a plastic sleeve, covering them with the top sheet. Squish them down once with the palm of your hand and give them a quick smooth over with your thumb to make one side of the circle slightly thinner than the other. These will be your petals.

Step Three: Curl A Petal To Create The Rose Centre

Lift the plastic back and look for the smallest one that you’ve created, to be the centre of your rose. Using one finger, carefully rub it from the blunt end. If you’re gentle, it should stay in one piece as it comes off and it should automatically put a nice curl in the petal. Hold it between your thumb and finger and then gently, starting on one side, curl it right up over itself to form the centre of the rose.

Step Four: Add The Other Petals

Now take your second petal from the sheeting and lay it over your finger. Lay the first petal in the centre of the second one, join side down. As you squeeze the second one around, it will form the next petal. Curl the tip down and then pinch around the sides to keep it together. Continue in this way with more petals until you have a convincing looking rose.

Step Five: Dust It With Glitter

Now comes the fun part – because we get to dust it down with glitter. Just dust it over your rose using a sieve (a sugar sieve, if you have one) and it will stay nice and encrusted.

Step Six: Prepare The Piping Bag

Next, we’re going to make the leaves on which to pop your rose. Fill a piping bag with royal icing and, instead of using a nozzle, just cut a V shape off at the end of the bag. This will allow you to pipe a leaf shape because, as you’ll see in the next step, the pointed centre of the V will draw a line, forming the central ‘vein’ of your leaf – and the icing will splay out either side, forming the leaf’s ‘blades’.

Step Seven: Create The Leaves

Squeezing gently, drag the piping bag towards yourself, pushing back every couple of millimetres to make the leaf wavy. At the end of the leaf, stop squeezing, stop pushing and just pull the bag away from the cake gently. This will make a point at the end of your leaf.

Step Eight: Enjoy

Finished! All that’s left now is for you to tuck in.

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