My pillow is good size and measures 17 x 17 inches square.

If you are starting from scratch just cut your fabric a 1/2 inch bigger on all sides and this will give you a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew the heart onto the pillow before you sew the pillow sections together. Since my pillow was already made I just stitched mine right onto the pillow.

I folded a piece of 12 x 12 paper in half and drew a half heart onto it and then cut that out. Opened it up and that was my pattern. My heart is 11 1/2 inches tall and 11 1/2 inches wide

I made marks all the way around the edge of the heart pattern so I would know where to stitch. My stitches are 3/4 inch long and there is about 3/8 in between each stitch. Of course it is handmade so it is not perfect or exact!

 

 

When you place the pattern onto the fabric DO NOT center it. Push the heart up an inch or two so that you have more space at the bottom.

 

This way you don’t lose the bottom of the heart when the pillow is sitting upright.

I used 1 inch wide red satin ribbon. You will also need a needle with a really big eye so that you can thread the ribbon through the needle.

Start at the bottom of the heart and leave your self a nice long tail. The amount of ribbon you need will vary depending on the size you make your pillow and heart.

Since my pillow was already made up I had to just slip my needle under the fabric and try not to pull up the fiberfill that was inside the pillow.

Just sew all the way around the pattern and then tie a bow at the bottom and you’re done!! You can then sew your pillow front to the back leaving an opening on the bottom to insert your pillow form or your fiberfill stuffing and then stitch up the opening.

So cute!!

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Yarn-wrapped cardboard hearts are so simple to make and can be used for all kinds of Valentine’s Day crafts. Add them to clear jars for a pretty centerpiece idea!

 

You probably already have all of the items needed to make these cute hearts! Just cardboard, yarn and a hot glue gun and you can make these festive yarn-wrapped hearts!  The best part of this easy craft is it’s so fast! In 30 minutes you can have several heart-wrap cardboard hearts to use and your kids will love making them too. I used a glue gun to keep the yarn on the curved edges of the hearts but you can use a glue stick too if your kids want to make some!

 

YARN-WRAP CARDBOARD HEARTS CAN BE USED FOR VALENTINE’S DAY PROJECTS

Once you have a few hearts made, either use them by themselves on a table like I did. Or you can glue them onto ribbon to create a Valentine’s Garland. Sprinkle them throughout your home on shelves or add them to a wreath!

 

HOW TO MAKE A YARN-WRAP HEART VALENTINE’S DAY CENTERPIECE

 

 

I used the yarn-wrapped cardboard hearts to create a sweet little Valentine’s Day centerpiece on our dining room table. This is how I created this easy centerpiece idea:

  • I added some pretty yarn to the bottom of the jars.
  • Then I added fairy lights.
  • I put a heart from my Pebbles Avenues Line on little houses and put a house in each jar.
  • Then I added a couple of the yarn-wrapped hearts to each jar.
  • The last thing I did was tie some red and white ribbon on each jar and put them on cake stands in the middle of our table.
  • I sprinkled more of the yarn-wrapped hearts around the jars on the table!

 

 

Add a dab of glue to the center of each heart and start wrapping the heart by wrapping the yarn tightly and closely together in one direction.

 

Making the heart templates

 

TURN HEART AND START WRAPPING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTION

Once one section is covered, turn the heart and put a dab of glue at both ends of the heart and start wrapping in that direction. The hot glue (or glue from glue stick) will hold the yarn in that new direction. Keep turning the heart and adding glue as you turn until the heart is covered with yarn.

 

ADD MORE YARN TO SPARSE SECTIONS

After the heart is covered, see if there are sections that need a little more yarn so that none of the cardboard is showing through. Add more yarn to places that need more coverage.

 

 

ADD GLUE AND CUT YARN

 

Once the heart is covered, add a dab of glue under the yarn strand and cut it right next to the glue you added to neatly finish off each yarn-wrapped heart.

 

 

And that’s how easy these are to make. 

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Supplies Needed:

This pattern is best for little kids around 3-6 years old and may be too small for bigger kids. You can alter the apron pattern to make it larger: To make it wider cut it vertically down the center and add a few inches.

To make it longer: cut it horizontally, above the bottom curved edges, and add a few inches. I’m working on adding a bigger kid pattern early 2021. 

Step One: Use the free printable pattern and cut out the fabric.

Grab the free printable pattern at the end of this post and cut two apron pieces. The apron is reversible so choose two fun, coordinating fabrics.

Step Two: Quilt the two layers of fabric.

I quilted the two layers of fabric together with vertical lines spaced 1″ apart. The quilting will help keep the apron looking nice after being washed. I lightly drew stitching lines with pencil on the back side of the apron. I used a thread color that would blend in and started with the center line and worked my way out smoothing the fabric as I went. Press apron.

Step Three: Add the bias binding.

After the apron is quilted, the last step is adding the bias binding. I started with the lower half of the apron and the top edge. I sandwiched the two layers of the apron in-between the bias tape and pinned it in place. You can use your iron to help shape the bias tape into a curve when rounding the bottom corners of the apron. Stitch with matching thread.

The next piece of bias tape I attached was 85″ long. Pin the bias tape, as shown in the picture below, so 19″ is left for the neck hole. It helped to find the halfway point of my 85″ long piece and then start pinning the bias tape to the top of the apron 9.5″ from that halfway point.

The apron is finished! I love how they turned out and how cute the aprons look from either side! If the neck opening is too long for your child, you can tie it in a knot to make it smaller.

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how to make a pencil case

Step 1: What You’ll Need

What You'll Need

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Since this is the most basic of zippered pencil cases, we’re going to be relying entirely on the stiffness of the exterior fabric to make it hold its shape – no interfacing is used!

I used a quilting weight cotton for the lining and a slightly thicker and stiffer cotton for the exterior. :)

 

Step 2: Lay Out Your Pieces

Lay Out Your Pieces
Lay Out Your Pieces
Lay Out Your Pieces

Zip the zipper up all the way before you start.

Lay your lining fabric down on the table right side up (really only matters if it’s printed, otherwise whatever side you want up is right. :D) and lay the zipper down on top with the pull as shown. Line the zipper and fabric up at their right edges.

Optional: To make it easier to sew, tack together the top of the zipper using some needle and thread. It can be tricky to sew this all together if those ends are flapping about and separating. (See photo 3)

Lay the exterior fabric wrong side up on top of the zipper and lining. Line up all the edges and pin in place.

 

Step 3: Sewing

Sewing
Sewing
Sewing

Use a regular foot for this!

Place the pinned fabrics under the presser foot and line it up so the left edge of the foot is right up against the zipper. (This will leave you with a pretty teeny seam allowance, a little over 1/8 inch – that’s okay!) Backstitch at the edge of the fabric and then stitch down the edge until you get a few inches from the other end and backstitch again.

Now you’ll want to pull the work out of the machine – unpin the bottom and lift the exterior fabric. (See photo 2) Now, upzip the zipper and pull it so that it goes up and into the already sewn area of the pouch.

Repin and line up the right edges again. (See photo 3)

Continue sewing where you left off – just put the needle right down in your backstitching. Backstitch at both ends again on the second half of the stitching. :D

Step 4: Sew the Other Side of the Pouch

Sew the Other Side of the Pouch

Repeat what you just did using the other side of the zipper. :D

Just line everything up on the right edge and pin and sew.

Step 5: What It Should Look Like Now

What It Should Look Like Now
What It Should Look Like Now

Both exterior and lining should be sewn to the zipper and nicely lined up. :)

If the ouside edges are a little wonky, feel free to straighten them up using the ruler and some scissors.

Step 6: Sew the Bottom of the Pouch Together

Sew the Bottom of the Pouch Together
Sew the Bottom of the Pouch Together

Pin the edges opposite the zipper together with the lining on the outside.

Sew down this edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, backstitching at both ends.

You can trim the excess seam allowance with pinking shears if you have them – they’ll stop it from fraying and make it look a little nicer.

Step 7: Sew the Ends

Sew the Ends
Sew the Ends
Sew the Ends
Sew the Ends

Flatten the pouch out so the zipper is sitting directly above the bottom seam.

Unzip is about half way.

Sew across both ends using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, backstitching at both edges. Yes, you’re going to sew over the zipper and everything! Just take it slow over the zipper and you’ll be fine.

When sewing across the edge with the open zipper, make sure both sides of the zipper fabric are touching as you sew over it. Otherwise, you’ll sew it in a way so there’s a big gaping hole. :(

Once both ends are sewn, trim the zipper so it lines up with the fabric. You can also trim the seam allowances with pinking shears. :)

Once all the trimming and sewing is done, turn it right side out!

Step 8: And You Have a Pouch!

And You Have a Pouch!

If this looks fancy enough to you, call it a day.

But if you’re wanting to make it boxy, have a look at the next step. :D

Step 9: Making the Corners Boxy

Making the Corners Boxy
Making the Corners Boxy
Making the Corners Boxy

The pictures will probably explain this better than I can. :D

Take one end of the pouch and flatten it out. Line up the zipper and bottom seam. Now you’ll want to take off the corners. Taking off more of the corner will result in a tinier, boxier pouch.

As you can see, my vertical line was about 2 1/2 inches long – I would recommend keeping it a 1 1/2 inches or smaller – otherwise you might have issues with getting full size pencils in.

You can pin the seams and try it out before you mark and sew too!

Once you’re happy, mark and sew along the seams.

Repeat for the other end of the bag. :)

 

Step 10: Trim It Up and Turn It Right Side Out

Trim It Up and Turn It Right Side Out
Trim It Up and Turn It Right Side Out
Trim It Up and Turn It Right Side Out

Once it’s all sewn, turn it right side out and double check everything. If it’s wonky, rip out the stitching and try again. If you’re happy with it, trim off all the corners.

BOOM! You just made a super cute pencil case. :D

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SUPPLIES

mini felt mermaid softie supplies

Print out the mini felt mermaid stuffie sewing pattern. There is a picture of the finished mermaid for guidance, and your child can color it to give them an idea of what they want their mermaid to look like.

print pattern and color design

Trace the mermaid shapes onto the paper backing of the double sided adhesive. I found the pencil worked best since I could trace well on the paper backing, but the iron would not smudge or lift the pencil.

Don’t trace the hair or water backgrounds onto the paper backing but cut it out.

trace pieces onto adhesive

Iron the shapes onto the felt in the colors you want. I like the cut the adhesive larger than the shapes, and then iron them onto the felt.

Cut out the felt using the shapes. The double sided adhesive will make sewing the shapes easier, but it also makes cutting the felt easier and more precise.

Cut out two pieces of felt for the background hair or water.

iron adhesive onto felt and cut shapes

Once all your pieces are cut out, start by adding some stitching to the hair or water background. I don’t have an example below, but this is the easiest time to add hair or water details. I did straight hair, zigzag hair, and wavy hair.

Place the mermaid tail pieces close to the bottom on the background that has stitching. Peel the paper backing off and iron them in place. Use a press cloth throughout the project to protect the felt from melting.

iron tail onto background

Peel the paper backing off of the arms, shirt, and head. Place these on the background and iron in place.

iron body, arms, and head onto background

Optional: add the crown and or the beard. Peel the paper backing off and iron in place.

iron on details like a beard or crown

Using a sewing machine or hand stitching, sew and secure the pieces onto the background. Add stitching details like stripes, scales, fins, etc. Switch up the colors of stitching as wanted.

stitch everything onto background

Place the front background piece onto the back background piece. Sew around but leave a 2 inch hole opening on one side.

sew background to back piece leave hole

Take a little bit of stuffing and fill the mermaid pillow. Don’t stuff too much, just enough to fill the rectangle.

add stuffing

Stitch the hole closed.

close hole

Make lots and lots of mermaids in lots of different colors!

mini felt mermaid softie and free pattern
Ten easy crafts for kids to do

Here are a few ideas that that can be easy enough for your tot to do on his own or under your supervision (especially where scissors are involved!). Whatever the case, oodles of fun are guaranteed!

1. Paper Pinwheel

You must have made and played with these as kids – now it’s time to teach your little one how to make a wonderful little pinwheel that moves with the wind!

Paper pinwheel

What You Will Need

  1. A sheet of paper (decorated or plain)
  2. Unsharpened pencil with eraser
  3. Crayons
  4. Scissors
  5. Ruler
  6. Sharpened pencil
  7. Ball pin

How to Make

  1. Start off by cutting a square from the sheet of paper, with each side measuring 15 cm, and decorate the square with crayons.
  2. Mark the centre of the page, measuring or eyeballing it. Using the ruler and pencil, draw two diagonal lines which extend from one corner to the other. The lines should cross at the centre of the page.
  3. Once the lines have been drawn, mark a point on each line (about 7 cm away from each corner). Cut on the line from each corner up to the marked points.
  4. Erase pencil marks (except for the centre point).
  5. Now using the pin, punch a hole in the centre as well as at the tips of the corners.
  6. Use the pin to poke through the point at one corner and curl it towards the centre without folding it (to look like a flower petal). Hold it in place and curl the remaining three towards the centre.
  7. Push the pin through the centre hole. Hold a pencil with an eraser on a flat surface and align the centre of the pinwheel against the eraser, and push the pin into the eraser.
  8. The pinwheel is now ready! Blow at it or hold it against a light breeze to see it move!

 

2. Paper Plate Mask

These fun and colourful masks are not just easy to make, but your child can always use them to indulge in pretend play later!

Paper plate masks

What You Will Need

  1. Paper plates
  2. Pencil
  3. Sketch pens
  4. Paint and paintbrushes
  5. Decorative materials like glitter, stickers, etc.
  6. Scissors
  7. Ribbon or paper straw
  8. Glue

How to Make

  1. Use a pencil to draw the shape of the mask on the paper plate. The shape and size should be large enough to accommodate your child’s facial features. You can find various designs on the Internet and even print out a design for reference.
  2. Cut out the mask and the eye-holes. To get symmetrical holes, fold the plate in half lightly, and cut along the outlines.
  3. Paint or decorate the mask using sketch pens, paints, glitter and so on. Place it on a newspaper or another paper plate to avoid a mess.
  4. Once done, punch holes on either side of the mask so that a ribbon can be strung through it. Alternately, you can also stick a paper straw (decorated with paint) on a side, for your child to hold up the mask.
  5. Your child can now pretend to be different characters using his mask!

 

3. Pistachio Shell Photo Frame

Remember this fun activity from your childhood? Time to create new memories with your little one and preserve it in a handmade pistachio shell photo frame.

Pistachio shell photo frame

What You Will Need

  1. A sheet of cardboard
  2. Pistachio shells
  3. Paint and paintbrushes
  4. Sketch pens
  5. Glue
  6. Scissors
  7. Decorative materials like glitter, stickers, etc.
  8. Sheet of plastic

How to Make

  1. Start off by shaping the sheet of cardboard into an attractive shape – you can leave it as a plain square or rectangle or try different shapes like that of a heart, flower, or your child’s favourite cartoon character.
  2. Decorate the sheet using sketch pens, paint, and other decorative materials. Do the same for the pistachio shells. You can paint it with different colours and patterns, and get really creative with it.
  3. Glue the pista shells on to the sheet of cardboard in the pattern you prefer, but ensure that there is ample space in between for pasting a photograph.
  4. Once dry, paste a photograph on the sheet, such that the shells are framing the image.
  5. Cover the photograph with a piece of clear plastic to protect it from any scratches or damage. The piece of plastic needs to be bigger than the photograph so as to cover it from all sides.
  6. Hang up this beautiful creation in your child’s favourite spot at home!

 

4. The Hungry Caterpillar

This cute little caterpillar takes only a few strips of paper to create – have a look!

Hungry caterpillar craft

What You Will Need

  1. Red, green and black construction paper
  2. Googly eyes
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Stapler

How to Make

  1. Cut strips of equal length from the construction paper. One strip of red and 4-5 strips of the green paper should do. The red strip will be for the caterpillar’s head while the green will be for its body.
  2. Cut out features like antennae and a little mouth from the black construction paper.
  3. Make a paper chain using the strips cut – start off by creating a circle with the red paper and staple the end together. Next, thread a strip of green paper through the red circle and staple the ends. Keep doing this till you’ve formed a chain.
  4. Glue on the googly eyes, antennae, and mouth cutouts on the red circle to give the caterpillar a face.
  5. The cute hungry caterpillar is ready! Put out some paper leaves in front of it so it has something to eat!

 

5. Origami Bookmark

Is your preschooler turning out to be a voracious reader? Help him create these adorable origami bookmarks to help encourage his reading habits!

Origami bookmark

What You Will Need

  1. A square sheet of coloured paper (15 cm)
  2. Construction paper in different colours (to make decorative features)
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue
  5. Decorative items like glitter, stickers, googly eyes, etc.

How to Make

  1. Fold the sheet of paper in half from one corner to the other, to form a triangle.
  2. Fold the bottom-left corner up to the top corner and glue it in place. Do the same with the right corner.
  3. Turn the paper over. Fold the bottom corner (only the top layer) up to the top corner. Once the fold is made, unfold it again and fold it back into the pocket just created.
  4. Use construction paper to create different features like eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, etc., and glue them onto the bookmark.
  5. As far as Children’s Day crafts for preschoolers go, this bookmark is a very cute and useful thing your child can make, to help him along in his reading as well.

 

6. Paper Ice Cream Cone

Let your little one enjoy making a yummy-looking ice cream cone that won’t melt when left out!

Paper ice cream cone

What You Will Need

  1. Construction paper (brown and one colour of choice)
  2. Tape
  3. Buttons
  4. Rough paper
  5. Sketch pens
  6. Decorative materials like glitter, stickers, etc.

How to Make

  1. Decorate the sheets of construction paper with different colours sketch pens, glitter and so on. Cut out even strips of the coloured paper (except the brown one).
  2. Fold the brown paper to form a cone and tape it along the edges to secure it in place.
  3. Crumble up a sheet of rough paper into a ball and tape it on top of the cone.
  4. Cover the ball with strips of decorated construction paper to form a colourful ice cream scoop.
  5. Glue a few buttons on to the scoop to resemble sprinkles, and the ice-cream cone is done!

7. Flying Rocket

Here’s a little rocket to excite your little scientist!

Flying rocket craft idea

What You Will Need

  1. Paper towel tubes
  2. Paint and paintbrushes
  3. Construction paper
  4. Aluminum foil
  5. Tape and glue
  6. Scissors
  7. Clothes pegs
  8. Mesh bags

How to Make

  1. Paint and decorate a paper towel tube, and paint the clothes pegs as well. Let them dry.
  2. Cut a semicircle out of a construction paper and fold it into a cone; secure it in place with tape.
  3. Cover the cone with foil. Once done, tape it to the top of the cube.
  4. Clip the clothes pegs at the bottom of the tube.
  5. Cut up the mesh bags into little strips, and tape the strips at the bottom of the tube.
  6. Your rocket is now ready to fly!

 

8. Bird’s Nest

This craft activity will surely make your little animal lover happy!

Birds Nest

What You Will Need

  1. Brown construction paper
  2. Paint and paintbrushes
  3. Paper plate
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape and glue
  6. Popsicle sticks
  7. Pom poms or cotton balls
  8. Googly eyes
  9. Scraps of different coloured construction paper

How to Make

  1. Cut a paper plate in half and tape the edges together such that it forms a hollow container or nest.
  2. Paint the paper plate brown. Shred the brown construction paper into little strips and stick them onto the ‘nest’ to give it some texture.
  3. Stick googly eyes and little beaks (made out of the scraps of construction paper) onto the pom-poms or cotton balls to make little birds.
  4. Stick the ‘birds’ on popsicle sticks.
  5. Once done, place the sticks in the ‘nest’, such that only the ‘birds’ are popping out from the nest, while the sticks can slide through the gap between the two halves of the plate.
  6. Use the popsicle stick to slide the birds up and down whenever they’re hungry for a little nibble!

9. Paper Plate Bag

This one’s not just going to be fun to make but will also be handy for your child to carry around his little supplies, like his toys and crayons!

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Paper plate bag

What You Will Need

  1. Paper plate
  2. Ribbon
  3. Paint and paintbrushes
  4. Construction paper or foam paper
  5. Decorative items like glitter, stickers, buttons, etc.
  6. Scissors
  7. Tape and glue
  8. Stapler

How to Make

  1. Cut a paper plate in half and tape the edges together such that it forms a hollow container or nest.
  2. Paint the paper plates with any colour and decorate it with different things like stickers and glitter.
  3. On the side facing out, add a little piece of construction or foam paper to resemble the latch. You can even stick a little button on it to make it look more like a bag.
  4. Staple a ribbon to both sides of the purse to form a handle.
  5. Place lightweight things like toys or art supplies in the bag, and it’s ready to go!

 

10. Sponge Sailboat

It’s off to the seas for your little one with these little sailboats!

sailboat craft

What You Will Need

  1. Construction paper
  2. Craft sticks or long toothpicks
  3. Paint and paintbrushes
  4. Sponges
  5. Scissors

How to Make

  1. Cut out small rectangular pieces from the construction paper and paint them.
  2. Stick the long toothpicks or craft sticks into the sponges. You can even cut the sponge into different shapes, if needed.
  3. Insert the toothpicks through the pieces of paper, such that it goes through the bottom end and comes out through the top end, forming a mast.
  4. You can place these little boats in water and see how they float!

We hope you’ll enjoy making these fun crafts for Children’s Day with your little one and will have a blast. No doubt, these are also going to form precious memories for you and your child to cherish in the years to come!