I haven't had much time for crafting lately but here are two of the things I managed to make last month.
Maddie was invited to a super hero birthday party at a local bike park so at 8.00pm the night before the party I started work on her super hero cape. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute! I purchased a metre of cheap pale pink satin and a metre of pink and orange printed cotton from the sale section at Spotlight earlier in the week so I could make the cape reversible.
I googled "kids super hero costumes" and came across this great tutorial by How Does She. I've been following this site for a while now. It's full of great ideas including "fabulous DIY projects, crafts, family fun ideas, delicious recipes, and strategies to help you raise a beautiful family". I particularly liked their super hero cape tutorial because it didn't use a pattern or require taking measurements. I was in a hurry and I couldn't measure Maddie because she was asleep so this was perfect. I also referred to this tutorial by Sew Scrumptious to make sure I was on the right track.
All I can say is that the How Does She super hero cape tutorial is so quick and easy that I ended up whipping up a second cape for Maisie with the off cuts. The only change I made was I sewed ribbons on for neck ties in place of the velcro fasteners. I was really happy with how they turned out. I still can't believe they were so easy - a little bit of straight sewing and some self adhesive felt for decoration. Easy peezy.
The second craft is some dancing ribbons.
Both of my girls LOVE to dance. Maddie started "real" dancing lessons at the beginning of the year. Maisie spends the whole 30 minute lesson trying to find new ways to escape me and run on to the dance floor and join in the class. Fun! They use heaps of props in the class so I thought I'd make some dancing ribbons for the girls to play round with at home.
I purchased some wooden curtain rings from Spotlight and removed the little metal hooks.
Then I went to Ike's Emporium and purchased some cheap lengths of ribbon. These were only 0.20 cents per metre - bargain!
I purchased three metres of each colour ribbon, cut each length in half and double knotted each ribbon around the wooden ring. That's pretty much it.
The girls loved them so much that I made another set in brighter rainbow colours.
Hopefully I'll get a little more sewing time in this month as I have a back log of projects. There are some little cloth nappies for the girls dollies which I'm looking forward to sewing. What you are working on at the moment? x