Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween Felt Board and Snack

Here is how I used that felt board for some October fun.



I put the fall leaves on our seasonal tree every Autumn for the kids to play with but as Halloween nears, I slowly add some new Halloween-themed felt pieces each day to make the board more festive.  I started with some pumpkins, an apple and an acorn.

I then added two large pumpkins with vampire teeth, an eye patch, lips, eyebrows, mustaches, goatees, bows and more for the kids to use to make different faces.

And then I made some Halloween characters.  I copied the ghost saying "boo" from my friend Brynn's adorable Halloween felt board.  And I added a mummy raking leaves, a skeleton, a bat and a witch.  The kids enjoy playing with these guys.

Last year I made this organic Halloween snack for my son too, using real food ingredients (raisins, an avocado, an apple, carrots, cottage cheese and string cheese), with no added, processed sugar.



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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Felt Swans and a Rabbit for the Garden Playmat




Last time, I showed you how I made a garden playmat for my kids out of old cotton clothes.  Here is how I made a black swan, a white swan and a rabbit out of felt for the playmat:

I drew this swan on a piece of white felt folded in half so that I would get two of them when I cut the shape out.  I then cut the same shape out of a folded piece of black felt to get duplicates in black.




I used my felt scraps to find two beaks and an eye for the black swan.



I then sewed the two pieces of the white swan together, stuffing it with cotton scraps, with a blanket stitch.  When it was finished, I sewed on the beak and drew the eye one with a black Sharpie Stained fabric pen.

I followed the same steps to make the black swan, except his eye was the piece of gray felt.  I sewed it on with black thread to make the pupil.


I cut the following shapes out of felt for the rabbit:

I sewed the ear, nose and eyes to the first piece of brown felt.  Then I sewed the two pieces of the rabbit's body together, using a blanket stitch, and stuffed it with cotton scraps before closing it, and the bunny was done:


These three animals were a fast, fun, low-cost project to make and my kids love playing with them.




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