Lego Mini Figure Storage- A sewing project

Are you constantly walking around the house stepping on little pieces of Lego?

It’s like my house is booby-trapped with Lego! I find myself tip toeing cautiously around my boys bedroom, taking care of where i tread. I fear that maybe my boys have planned between them on where to leave the Lego pieces so that their Mum doesn’t enter their bedroom to tidy it up!

These tiny pieces of plastic brick shaped toys can not only be found on the boys bedroom floor but they seemed to have escaped out into landing and down the stairs, in fact there isn’t a place in the house that these tiny little feet scaring critters will go. The worst is in the middle of night, when all of the lights are out and I awake to a crying toddler. As i jump out of bed and race to his bedroom to comfort him, I find myself cursing under breath (in order not to wake the rest of the house up) as my foot comes into contact with a tiny little brick. It maybe tiny but hell does it hurt! I fall into the bedroom and hop over to a NOW sleeping toddler.

I had to think of somewhere for my boys to store their mini figures/Lego creation, either that or I constantly wear shoes in my home, even to bed!

I put my thinking cap on and came up with this

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A folding Lego storage holder.

It is made from red cotton and yellow felt. The red cotton was used for the whole of the storage holder and the yellow felt was used for the LEGO letters. It was my son’s idea to have LEGO written downwards and he asked for all of the pockets. He wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it.

Material needed:

Red Cotton roughly 1m , 150cm wide (cost £3.99 ebay)

Yellow Felt roughly 1m, 150cm wide (not all needed cost £4.49 ebay)

Red cotton thread

Yellow cotton thread

Tape measure

Sewing machine

wooden pole 5mm thick roughly 50 cm in length

Scissors

Instructions:

  • Cut out the LEGO letters. I roughly drew them on with a pencil and then cut them out, size roughly 21cmx33cm
  • Open out the red cotton and lay it flat on the floor/table. Place the letters down one side of the red fabric. Leave about 6cm along the top, bottom and edge side so that there is enough room to stitch and hem. Stitch in place.
  • Cut away any remaining red material from the bottom as this will be used for the pockets. Cut into long strips, 10cm in width I used about 8.

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  • Edge each strip both sides by folding over the edges twice, 5mm each time. Pin in place and stitch

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  • Once you have edged all of the strips You will need to place them on to the red cotton alongside the LEGO letters, so that they are running across the material.

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  • Try to measure out all of the pockets so that they are the same, 10 cm. Each box pleat is about 2cm.

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  • Once the pockets are all pinned down on the red cotton, you will need to stitch in between each pocket

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  • Once they are stitched in place then you will need to stitch the strip of pockets down. Start top left and follow it around the edge, use the foot edge for guidance and try to sink stitch along the bottom.

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  • If you want a handle you will need to stitch it in place now. Stitch a long strip like you did with the pocket strips. attach it in place at the top above the letters.
  • Fold the material in half so that the pockets are touching the LEGO letters.
  • The sides need to be stitched together, the whole item should be inside out.  Remember to leave the top edge unstitched! Once finished turn inside out again so that it is the right way. You should have the LEGO letters on side and the pockets behind.
  • The top edge will need to be strengthened, I used a wooden pole. I stitched across lengthways along the edge of the letter L, making a pocket for the pole.

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  • Now stitch the top together, making sure that the handle is facing out and upwards. Make sure that the edges are poking inwards giving a neat finish.

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My son wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it around so we attached some velcro to it, not sure if it will work as some of the Lego could possibly fall out. He hasn’t tried it yet as it is still hanging up in his bedroom for all to see.

I have thouroughly enjoyed this sewing project and I f you would like to make one yourself please share with me your finished product.

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Thank you for reading 🙂

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Salt Dough Santa Handprint Decoration

Do you like making your own christmas decorations at home?

Why not try this Santa hand print made from salt dough.

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If you’re like me then you may have tons of home-made christmas decorations in the loft that have been made by the children at home or in their classroom at school, I have paper ones, felt ones and card ones but i do not have any salt dough ones. I don’t like to throw any of the decorations that the boys bring home as most of the time they have a photograph of them on it, a piece of writing or a handprint. Every year along with the shop bough decorations out come the home-made ones too, I love looking back and remembering when they brought them home with a big smile on their face, proudly showing me what they have made.

I have never used salt dough before (we are big fans of play dough) so after scrolling through the internet i found a recipe from Red Ted Art, she has a page set up of 30+ salt dough crafts for christmas.

RECIPE:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • I added glitter into my dough, but it’s not needed

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, if you want to add colouring add it into the water as you mix it into the flour and salt. Add the water a little at a time as you may not need it all.

Now you are ready to create some masterpieces!

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The boys made many tree decorations but the one that we are going to share today is the hand print santa. I found out about this idea whilst roaming through the internet and thought that it was really cute and would make lovely gift ideas to the Grandparents/family

  • Roll out your dough to about 0.5 mm thick
  • Make sure that is big enough to place your hand onto
  • Press your hand firmly down onto the dough, so that there is a clear hand impression
  • Cut around the hand print, leaving a 0.5mm border all the way round
  • Make a hole at the bottom of the hand so that you can thread through some cotton once its hardened
  • Place into an oven to bake for about 1-2 hours on a low heat, 100 farenheit. Keep checking on the decorations, making sure they don’t burn.
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool.
  • Once cooled, your santa is now ready to paint
  • Paint the whole of the decoration with white paint, leave to dry. Use some good quality paint as i found using the cheaper option paint, it flaked on the dough.
  • Paint the face pink
  • Using a black marker pen, draw in the outline of the santa hat and face, Write down the year and name of the child’s hand print
  • I used red felt pen to colour in the hat and nose
  • Now you can thread through some cotton or lace.

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Your personalised santa christmas tree decoration is ready to be proudly placed onto the tree.

 

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Creating bubbles with a sock

Do you have lots of odd socks laying around the house?

Want to do something with them instead of just throwing them away?

Why not make a Bubble Sock Blower! What child doesn’t like chasing bubbles

I promise you that this simple and quick activity will keep the children amused for hours.

You will need:
-A plastic drinks bottle
-A sock
-Scissors
-A plate or Tupperware tub
-Washing up liquid
-A little water
-Food dye

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1. Cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle (be careful)

2. Stretch an old sock over the bottom of the bottle that you have just cut away. Use an elastic band to secure it in place if need to!

3. Squirt some washing up liquid (or bubble solution) onto the plate or tub and mix with a little bit of water

4. If you want coloured bubbles add some food dye to the bottom of the sock

5. Dip the sock into the soap liquid, swirling it around making sure that it gets a good soaking

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6. Now your ready to blow.

7. Blow through the bottle cap (where you normally drink from) don’t suck in as you may end up getting soap in your mouth.

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The boys loved there bubble sock blowers and spent a lob time outside, playing together, creating bubbles and having lots of fun. Even the two year old got to play with one

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Make your own cute little Snack Bag

Do your children have a pack lunch bag? Or are you just looking for somewhere to put your little snacks into?

Why not make your own little snack bag!

It is similar to the Tote lunch bag that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago but obviously smaller and a lot cuter.

You will need:

  • PVC covered material
  • Sewing machine, cotton and scissors
  • Measuring tape, ruler
  • Velcro

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  • Cut out four pieces of your material measuring 8″ x 8″, two pieces are for the outer of the snack bag and the other two are from material that you want for the lining
  • At the bottom of all of the pieces mark out a square on each corner 1″ x 1″, cut out each square

 

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  • Put the two outer pieces together with the right sides touching each other and stitch down the sides DO NOT stitch around the cut out piece and then stitch along the bottom.

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  • On the inner lining mark along the bottom, in between the two notches, 1″ in on either side. Stitch together the sides, leave the cut out notch and then stitch from the edge of the notch to the mark and then from the mark to the edge of the notch, so that there will be a gap in the middle ( This will be where you pull the material of the bag through once finished)

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Pinch the unsewn fabric together making sure that the seams meet up and stitch the edges together

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On the inner lining attach the velcro in place about 0.5cm away from the edge, I used a very sticky velcro so just glued it into place

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Turn the outer lining the right way round and place it inside of the inner lining, line up the seams and stitch the two edges together

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Once sewn together you need to pull through the outer shell through the hole that was left at the bottom of the lining

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You will be left with a little snack bag looking pretty much like this

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It is the perfect size for little hands and ideal to store away snacks in when out and about town, Oliver takes his every day to his childminder and won’t eat his grapes from anything other than his snack bag now. It fits perfectly into any lunch bag/changing bag/handbag and the velcro keeps the snack secured away safely.

Hope you like it 🙂

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Stitching up a new Lunch Tote Bag

I’ve not used my sewing machine for a while now and the poor little thing has been gathering dust in the cupboard for far too long, so whilst I have had a few days off of work and due to the weather not being too good over these Christmas Holidays I decided to get a bit crafty and make something out of the oilcloth material that I bought a while back.

After searching the internet I found a pattern to follow on sewmamasew website

I cut out four pieces of square material measuring 12″ x 12″, two pieces are for the outer of the lunch bag and the other two are for the inner lining

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I used the same material for both on this particular project.

At the bottom of all of the pieces cut out the corners 2″ x 2″

Put the two outer pieces together with the right sides touching each other and stitch down the sides, Do Not stitch the cut out piece! Then stitch the along the bottom.

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On the inner lining put a mark along the bottom about 2″ on either side

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(excuse the ruler lol)

Stitch together the sides, leave the cut out notch and then stitch from the edge to the mark and then from the second mark to the edge, the gap in the middle will be used later to pull through the bag and turn it the right way. Do this to all of the corners, your bag will start to show some shape.

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Mark the corners of the notches with a dot on all of the pieces. (The square piece cut out) Pinch the dots and pull the fabric apart, line up the seams and stitch the edges together, Sorry this is hard to explain without showing you, but hopefully the photo will make sense.

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Turn the outer lining the right way round and mark in 3″ on both sides from the edge, this will be where you will sew your straps on. Make a mark with a pencil at the middle of both sides, this will be where your button will go.

Cut out two strips of material, measuring about 15″ long and 2″ width, fold it twice and then stitch together all the way down the middle NB: this will only work if your material does not fray

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Line the straps up with the marks on the bag and stitch them in place with the straps meeting the edge of the bag , keep the nice side of the strap facing downwards.

Place the outer of the bag inside the lining

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Pin the edges together making sure that the seams line up with each other.

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If you are going to apply a button to seal the bag then a thin hair bobble will work as the connector. Pin it in place at the mark that you put into the centre of the back of the bag earlier. Stitch both the bags together around the top.

Once sewn together you need to pull through the outer bag through the hole that was left at the bottom of the inner lining.

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Stitch up the hole of the lining and place it all bag into place so it looks like this

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To finish it off sew all around the top of the bag to give it an edging and add a button of your choice to the front of the bag.

I have made two so far using different materials, one owl and one bunting.

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I have used oilcloth material for both and even for the lining as it is wipeable and strong. Depending on the type of oilcloth you use, it can become quite sticky under the foot of the sewing machine so at some points of making the bag i had to cover the material in tissue paper and stitch it together with it on, so it could go through the foot of the machine easily.

What do you think?

I am off to make a snack bag for the little one to use with his lunch bag and I have orders from my Mum and Aunt to make a shopping bag and wash bag 🙂

My instructions may not be clear

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Make your own IGGY Moshling Cushion

Do you have a Moshi Monster fan in your family?

Why not make them this IGGY cushion, It’s simple and easy and your fan will be very happy with it.

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You will need:

Purple fleece fabric about 1m

Pins

Cotton and needle / sewing machine

Polyester Stuffing ( i bought about 500g and still have lots left)

White, black and Purple felt

Extra Strong Glue

  • Draw an outline of IGGY on to the purple fabric, however big you want the cushion to be, draw another outline about an inch and a half away from the first one.

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  • Making sure that you have doubled the fabric, cut around the outer outline
  • Pin the two pieces together and stitch around the inner outline, remember to leave a gap so you can put the stuffing in
  • Remove the pins and now stuff in the stuffing, using your hands to push it into the shape, once done stitch up the gap.

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  • Using the white and purple felt, draw big two circle for IGGYS eyes (The purple circle should be just a little bit bigger than the white one) stick the white circle on top of the purple felt circle and then glue into place on the pillow
  • Using the black and purple felt, make the inner of the cutting out a cresent shape. Stick them into place on the White circle
  • Cut out a small tick shape for the mouth from the red felt and stick on the cushion
  • Snip the fringe at about 2cm apart, be careful not to snip into your stitching

Please make sure you are handling the glue extra carefully as strong glue does stick anything together, I should know! Silly me, got my two fingers stuck together and had to run them under the tap to release them.

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I hope you enjoy making this IGGY Moshling

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Glowing Spooky Eyes

Looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft to do with the children?

Scare your unwanted guests on Halloween Night with these simple but brilliant Glow in the Dark Spooky Eyes.

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Use the inner cardboard tubes from the toilet or kitchen roll to make these fabulous spooky eyes

You will need;
Cardboard tubes
Glow in the dark sticks
Scissors
String to hang

Cut out the shape of your eyes on the cardboard tube.
Place some string through the tube so you can it from a branch on a tree or on your porch
Place a glow in the dark stick inside the tube and watch your eyes glow!

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You can also leave the spooky eyes in hedges or bushes 🙂

Happy Halloween!

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