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40+ Crafty Things To Make For Children
Posted By Tipnut On December 9, 2010 @ 2:47 am In Crafty Ideas | No Comments
Here’s a packed list of free tutorials and patterns geared for the kids, many would make a great homemade gifts. Then I have listed several DIY projects that kiddos will love along with a few tips and ideas. You’ll find a separate list of softies patterns and tutorials here .
Peek-A-Boo Toy Sack : The design is fairly simple, make a drawstring bag with a twist: a clear plastic window to see all the toys.
Roll-up Kitchen Playmat : Sewing tutorial. A pretty, portable play kitchen playmat out of fabric.
Retro Doll Pajama Bag : Free vintage pattern (found at bottom of page).
Embellished Hooded Towel : Great for bath time and swim time!
Personalized Birdie Pillow : Sweet pillow any princess will love.
Bathtub Crayons : Made with bars of ivory soap, food coloring gel and a bit of water.
Laminated Kids Wallet : Sewing tutorial.
Boy’s Messenger Bag : Learn how to jazz up a military ammo bag.
Pencil Roll Tutorial : Nice little rollup pouch for pencils and pencil crayons.
Lap Desk : A piece of scrap wood is painted then covered with fabric and stuffing on the bottom so it’s nice ‘n soft.
Piggy Bank Freebie : A fabric piggy wallet that zips closed, fun idea for kiddos to hold their little treasures.
Stick Horse : Fun! These are made with a big sock, buttons, stuffing, wool yarn (for the manes), an old broomstick and other basic items.
Bike Bucket : Here’s how to make a bright and cheery basket to tote around treasures.
Lego Sack : Nifty fabric bag with a drawstring closure, this spreads apart to double as a floor mat (keeping those little pieces tidy in one spot).
Here’s a great project for beginner sewers since crayon rolls are so easy to make (simple sewing is all the skill you need). The idea is similar for each of the projects below but they feature their own design twist (fabric and finishing choices, etc.). A couple of these projects have been featured on Tipnut before but included here to make one handy project sheet (I included projects for both wax and pencils). I’ll be adding to this list as I find more goodies, enjoy!
Double Row : Made with quilted fabric, two pieces of coordinating fabric, ribbon and binding.
10-Minute : Made with mid to heavy weight fabric and edges are finished in a zig-zag stitch or serged. Ties up with attached twill tape.
Fold-up Pouch : Made with two pieces of fabric, coordinating felt and ties up with ribbon. Tutorial available via free pdf download.
Roll-Up : Holds 14 crayons with each pocket a different fabric scrap (in a rainbow of colors), lined with batting and has fabric ties.
Another tutorial is found here: chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com .
First Published: September 22, 2007
Is it time to remind your kids how super cool awesome you are? Here are a few great projects you can build with your kiddos, a little bit of something for almost every age range.
First Published: April 5, 2007
Give kids their own Craft Cookie Sheet to work over top of when snipping bits of paper, gluing pieces of ‘stuff’ together, dusting pom poms with glitter and all the other fun, wild & crazy things kids love to do when crafting.
By giving them each a cookie sheet to use as their crafting space, cleanup is a BREEZE. Simply pick up the sheet and flip the bits into the garbage or recycle bin.
When the glue comes out, just let it dry then scrape it off when you have a chance. Or leave the dried glue on–no problem. No more mess from one end of the table to the other.
Store the sheets for future use in the craft supplies cupboard, don’t use for baking.
First Published: December 22, 2006
Felt piece ideas:
First Published: March 14, 2007
Fun to play with, but messy!
1/2 cup white household glue
1/2 cup water
nontoxic poster paint
1/2 cup water
3/4 tsp borax
Caution: keep the kids at a table covered with newspapers and don’t let this get on the floor or furniture–a few garbage bags on the floors are a good thing, just in case .
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URLs in this post:
 softies patterns and tutorials here: http://tipnut.com/sweet-softies/
 Character Foamies: http://petitepurls.com/Winter09/winter2009_cfoamies.html
 Peek-A-Boo Toy Sack: http://tonicoward.blogspot.com/2010/06/peek-boo-toy-sack-tutorial.html
 10 Homemade Playdough Recipes: http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-playdough-recipes/
 Roll-up Kitchen Playmat: http://balancingeverything.com/2008/11/28/roll-up-kitchen-playmat-tutorial/
 Lap Desk Tutorial: http://balancingeverything.com/2010/04/09/who-wants-to-make-a-lap-desk/
 Planket Tutorial: http://www.thecraftersfilebox.com/2010/04/planket-tutorial-from-file-box.html
 travel pillow: http://mayamade.blogspot.com/2009/06/childs-travel-pillow-tutorial.html
 Sesame Street Hats: http://www.girlinair.com/2010/07/how-to-crochet-sesame-street-hats.html
 Retro Doll Pajama Bag: http://tipnut.com/pajama-patterns/
 Cardboard-Box Oven Craft: http://www.marthastewart.com/269964/cardboard-box-oven-craft
 Embellished Hooded Towel: http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com/2010/10/embellished-hooded-towel-tutorial.html
 Subway Tile Nameplates: http://www.craftynest.com/2010/08/camp-craft-subway-tile-nameplates/
 Personalized Birdie Pillow: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/08/personalized-birdie-pillow.html
 T-Shirt Pillow: http://www.inspiremecrafts.com/inspireme_crafts/2009/06/gotta-make-it-tshirt-pillow-.html
 Bathtub Crayons: http://www.crazydomestic.com/2010/08/bathtub-crayons.html
 Piggy Bank Makeover: http://www.craftastical.com/2010/04/tutorial-pretty-piggy-bank-makeover.html
 Laminated Kids Wallet: http://www.polkadotchair.com/2010/02/tutorial-tuesday-laminated-kids-wallet.html/
 Toy Camera Tutorial: http://seekatesew.blogspot.com/2011/01/toy-camera.html
 Boy’s Messenger Bag: http://www.ambrosiagirl.com/blog/tutorial-boys-messenger-bag/
 Fish In A Bag Soap: http://www.marthastewart.com/267472/fish-in-a-bag-soap
 Pencil Roll Tutorial: http://mypoppet.blogspot.com/2009/09/10-minute-pencil-roll-tutorial.html
 Cupboard Door Art Desk: http://icandyhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/06/guest-post-cupboard-door-gone-art-desk.html
 Lap Desk: http://sonotdonnareed.blogspot.com/2011/08/lappin-it-up.html
 Lil’ Bunny Bathmitt: http://www.littlepinkmonster.com/2010/03/30/lil-bunny-bathmitt/
 Piggy Bank Freebie: http://noseynest.blogspot.com/2008/05/piggy-bank-freebie.html
 Fabric Kite: http://thelastpiece.typepad.com/the_last_piece/2009/06/how-to-make-a-kite.html
 Stick Horse: http://lightbluegrey.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-diy.html
 Garden Sensory Box: http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/05/diy-veggie-garden-sensory-box.html
 Chick-sicle: http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/2011/03/rice-filled-cooling-pad-for-children.html
 these simple hot/cold packs: http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-microwave-heating-pad/
 Sponge Balls: http://onecharmingparty.com/2011/03/23/water-party-sponge-ball-tutorial/
 Bike Bucket: http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/06/bicycle-bucket-tutorial.html
 Sewing Kit: http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com/2010/05/make-this-childs-sewing-kit-tutorial.html
 Lego Sack: http://tonicoward.blogspot.ca/2010/09/lego-sack-tutorial.html
 Water Blob Tutorial: http://www.clumsycrafter.com/2012/05/water-blob-tutorial/
 Lined With Flannel: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2010/05/crayon-roll-tutorial/
 Double Row: http://etownhooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/very-vera-crayon-roll-up-tutorial.html
 Made From Placemat: http://www.themodernhive.com/2009/10/cheater-sewing-placemat-pencil-roll.html
 For Pencils: http://yougogirl.typepad.com/you_go_girl/2009/02/guess-what-today-is-no-its-not-my-birthday-nope-not-my-anniversary-groundhog-day-has-passed-and-valentines-isnt-yet-here.html
 Fold-up Pouch: http://nested.typepad.com/blog/2007/07/materials-you-w.html
 With Ric-Rack Edges: http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2010/11/06/crayon-rollmy-take-on-these-little-life-savers/
 Roll-Up: http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/ProjectCenter/Project_Detail/Crayon_Roll_Up
 No-Sew Felt: http://www.smallfriendly.com/small-friendly/2011/08/no-sew-colored-pencil-roll.html
 chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/2008/04/crayon-roll-tutorial.html
 Pirate Cubby: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/diy/articles/a/-/5825642/pirate-cubbyhouse/
 How To: Building A Custom A-Frame Children’s Swing Set: http://www.hgtv.com/home-improvement/custom-a-frame-childrens-swing-set/index.html
 Dueling Lightsabers: http://www.finkbuilt.com/blog/2-miniute-dueling-lightsabers/
 Basketball Court: http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/basketballcourt.html
 Build a Puppet Playhouse: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/puppet-playhouse-671882/
 How To Make A Tire Swing: http://mymommysplace.com/blog/2009/06/14/how-to-make-a-tire-swing/
 Make An Outdoor Skating Rink: http://tipnut.com/how-to-make-an-outdoor-skating-rink/
 A-Frame Tent: http://mycakies.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-frame-tent.html
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