Sunday, April 29, 2012

Free Pattern: Button Flap Beanie - 6 months

Premie size here.
Newborn size here.
3 month size here.

This hat can be girly, too!  With a simple vintage-look flower button, this would be great to give to a mom who doesn't want over-the-top flowers or patterns.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Free Pattern: Beanie with Crossed Texture Detail Row - Premie

Newborn size here.
3 month size here.
6 month size here.

Whipped up this simple premie hat and had to share.  I think the color change to a lighter color on the detail row makes the hat.

I'm saving up all these premie hats to give to a NICU someday. I have loved hearing from some of you who do this; anybody else make hats to donate?  How did you get connected to the hospital?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Free Pattern: Three-Flower Tie Headband

Here is #2 sporting the tie headband.  I saw a lacy tie headband on Pinterest, and I was inspired to make a baby-sized one for my girlies.  The tie works well for crochet, since the chain stitch isn't naturally stretchy.  It probably wouldn't work too well for a wiggly baby, but for my almost-two-year-old it worked out well.  She wore it for about half an hour and it didn't slip.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Makes: Busy Bags - Toothpick Punching and Clothesline Fun

This week I made a bunch of these activities for a busy bag exchange with some friends.  For my two girls I took two slots in the 10-slot exchange, so I sent 8 of each away.  I'm looking forward to all the loot that comes back!

Toothpick Punching

For my first bag I chose an activity that #1 girl has really enjoyed.  I can't remember where I saw this first, but it's definitely floating around in the busy bag world.  I cut construction paper down to 8.5/11 and printed a document I made with shapes, groups of shapes, a solid capital alphabet, a dashed capital alphabet and 3 sets of numbers.  (In hindsight I probably should have done caps and small letters on the alphabet squares.  Whenever I print it off again I will probably change it.)  If you want the doc, email me and I will email you back a pdf.

I put each pile into a baggie, and also included a baggie of toothpicks, a washcloth and these instructions:

Place washcloth on table
Set a few cards on cloth
Have child punch on black lines with toothpick
When done, hold it up to a light to see the shape or letter

Ideas for Variations:
With groups of shapes, child can punch the center of each shape
On numbers, you can add corresponding number of dots in marker
You can set out groups of shapes and the corresponding shape, and have the child match them after they are all punched

Clothesline Fun

For my second bag, I chose something I want #1 girl to learn how to do - pin felt "clothes" onto a clothesline.  There is a great tutorial with printable clothes pattern for this activity here.  I made my own pattern by folding a piece of paper in half and drew a half of a pair of pants, shirt, and skirt.  I cut them out and used them as the pattern on the felt.  (It was even easier to use a felt cutout as a pattern, since felt sticks to felt.) 

Be sure to make the clothes a good size - at least the size of your palm.  Otherwise it will be too hard for the kid to hold and pin. I chose to do three colors with three pieces of clothing each, to give flexibility for making patterns and matching.

I included pieces of nylon string, with hot-glued tips so they wouldn't ravel, (I was going to use cotton yarn, but while testing it, #1 hung on it and snapped it.  So we went with the nylon.) and 6 clothespins.  I would have liked to give more clothespins, but I needed to keep the cost down and I did have to mail these bags.  Also included was a card with these instructions: 

Tie string between two chairs
Have child pin clothes to the line with clothespins

Ideas for Variations:
Have child pin all of one color
Have child pin all of one type of clothing (shirts, pants, skirts)
Make a simple pattern of 3 for child to copy

(Felt is machine washable, cold water, delicate dry cycle)

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Free Pattern: Bear Boo-Boo Buddy Ice Pack Cover

When I made the original boo-boo buddies for my girls, I thought little animals would be cute, but I hadn't gotten around to revisiting the pattern - until now!  It took only a few simple additions to the original pattern to make a bear boo-boo buddy.  
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