Day 187: Felt Treasure Hunt Game

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Supplies: Felt, scissors, embroidery needle, embroidery thread, paper, pen

Time: 30-45 minutes

I’m excited to be living in New York for many reasons. It’s a happening place with lots of opportunities, it’s home to my great new job, and I get to spend time with my great cousins Craig, Gabi, and Juliette. Tonight I got to babysit Juliette while Mom and Dad went to the theater and we had a great time! She’s such a sweetie! Once I had a babysitter who made a treasure hunt game for my brother and me and I remember absolutely loving it. I thought it would be fun to make a treasure hunt for Juliette and, of course, I decided to make it with felt.

I started by cutting small rectangles of felt. They were each about 1.5″x 2.5″, but the size isn’t that important. They just need to be small enough to hide but big enough for a little kid to find.

You’ll be making a pouch for each clue, so you’ll need two felt rectangles for each clue. Before sewing the pouches I embroidered the clue number on the front of each pouch.

Then I sewed up the pouches. These don’t have to look absolutely perfect. The kids won’t care!

Then plan out your treasure hunt. Mine started at the guitar and ended up in Juliette’s play tent. I wrote out my clues and even made them rhyme! You’ll have one clue that doesn’t have a pouch that you’ll start with. That one will take you to the pouch clue trail.

Then place a clue in each pouch. Make sure they’re in the right order!

Give the kiddo the first clue and get started! Have a prize waiting at the last hiding spot. Juliette got a painting book!

I think Juliette enjoyed her treasure hunt and she definitely had fun with the book, but I think she enjoyed the pouches most of all! She spent so much time taking each clue out and putting each one back into a pouch. Maybe I should just make a pouch stuffing game! I’m so excited to have a kid to craft for! And I’m even more glad it’s my new buddy Juliette!

Best,

Alie

Ps- I just realized day 183 was the official halfway mark!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 186: Origami Flower Stem

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Supplies: Green origami paper, flat surface, something to make creases

Time: 5-10 minutes

As a follow-up to yesterday’s origami tulip today’s craft is an origami stem for the tulips. You can see the well-written tutorial here. Here are some highlights from my origami stem.

Kite shape.

Thinner diamond.

Folded in preparation to stem-making.

Finished stem.

A lovely tulip in the window.

And that’s all it takes to make a lovely no-wilt flower! The paper I used is really bright and it really brightens up a table or window. Go origami crazy!

Best,

Alie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 185: Origami Tulip

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Supplies: Origami paper, flat surface, something to crease the paper (I don’t like to use my fingernail)

Time: 10-15 minutes

Today we have another origami tutorial. This one is pretty cool because you get to inflate it! It was a little tricky, but I got it eventually. The next tutorial will be for a little green stem you can put the tulip on. As with the origami owl I will show you my pictures and send you to the properly explained tutorial here. This one even comes with a video that I found quite helpful. Here are some pictures of my attempt.

The water bomb base.

Folded up a little bit.

Tucking in the flaps to make the flower inflatable.

The inflated tulip.

Ready to peel the petals back.

Finished bloom!

It’s a tulip! You can make your own with the cool instructions here. Check out the next post for a stem to display your tulip.

Best,

Alie

Day 184: Origami Owl

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Supplies: 1 piece of square origami paper, scissors, flat surface

Time: 10-15 minutes

I know I’ve been updating pretty sporadically lately and, unfortunately, that might continue for a week or so. Fortunately, it’s for a good reason. I’ve finally accomplished the long, drawn out process of moving to New York! I started working at Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn on Monday and everyone there is very lovely. It’s going to be a great job and I’ll get a discount on food while getting paid to exercise! Unfortunately, I have yet to find an apartment, so most of my craft stuff is still with the rest of my things in my parents’ garage. I have a little sewing box full of supplies that will (hopefully) get me by until the rest of the stuff arrives. One of the supplies in my box is origami paper. Since I’m staying with my cousins in Brooklyn I thought I’d make a few little origami things for two-year-old Juliette! Today’s paper craft is a little orange owl. Since I have almost thirty pictures for this post and a limited grasp on origami and how to explain it, I’m going to give you highlight pictures and a link to the very easy-to-use instructions I followed.

"Water bomb base"

Parallelogram thing.

Owlish shape.

Wings.

Owl face!

Feet! The use of scissors kind of stops it from being true origami,but it's still cute.

Little ear things from behind.

Hoooooo! Owl!

Maybe you could do a little owl pun for Valentine’s Day? Whoooooo loves you? Me, that’s whoooooo! ;) Here’s the page of origami greatness again.

Best,

Alie

 

Day 183: Embroidery Day 9- Couching

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Supplies: Fabric, heavy embroidery thread or yarn, thin thread, embroidery hoop, scissors

Time: Varies

Allow me to introduce you to couching. It’s a new embroidery technique for me as well, but I can definitely see myself using it frequently. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Pull the heavy thread or yarn through hole 1.

Stretch the heavy thread all the way across the hoop to make a long line of thread on the fabric. Push the needle through hole 2 and tie off the thread in the back.

Then thread your needle with the thin thread and pull the needle through the fabric below the heavy thread near hole 1.

Cross over the heavy thread and bring the needle back through the fabric very close to the original hole beneath the heavy thread.

This will secure the heavy thread in place. Continue making small stitches like this along the heavy thread.

You could use contrasting threads to make a statement or you could use similar colors if that suits your fancy.

I really love this technique! It’s meant to be used when you want to embroider with either a thread that’s too heavy to go through the fabric or a thread that’s very expensive. Apparently it was often used with gilded threads because less of the fancy thread is used when it just lays on top of the fabric rather than weaving in and out. I like a craft with a back story and this is right up my alley. Be on the lookout for a nice couched piece soon!

Best,

Alie

Day 182: Embroidery Day 8- Cross Stitch

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Supplies: Fabric, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, embroidery hoop, scissors

Time: Varies

Number eight in the embroidery series is the simple cross stitch. I first learned counted cross stitch from my grandma when I was in middle school and I loved it. I still love to cross stitch, though I’ve noticed it’s a lot harder to find pattern kits these days. Luckily, you can make your own! There are even websites that will pixelate your images into a cross stitch pattern. I prefer to cross stitch on Aida cloth since I don’t have the ability to made even cross stitches freehand, but steps are the same either way.

For the cross stitch you’ll be using two rows. My numbering is kind of strange on this one, but it should be easy to understand anyway. Bring the thread up through hole 1.

Bring the thread back down through hole 4 making the first half of an x.

Bring the thread back up through hole 3.

Then back down through hole 5.

Continue across the row so you have half of the x’s complete.

Then start at the other end of the row and come back up through hole 13.

Go back down through hole 12, crossing the first x.

Continue across the row until all of your x’s are crossed.

That’s it! When I started cross stitching I wanted the instant gratification of a finished x, so I didn’t go all the way across the row before turning back and crossing the x’s. It works, but it’s not as neat and it actually takes a bit longer. Go try some cross stitch. It’s almost like magic!

Best,

Alie

Day 181: Embroidery Day 7- Chain Stitch

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Supplies: Fabric, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, embroidery hoop, scissors

Time: Varies

Today’s first stitch is the chain stitch. It’s a decorative stitch that I’ve never used before, but it’s quite simple to do.

Bring the thread up through hole 1.

Push the needle back down through hole 1 to make a loop.

Bring the needle back up through hole 2 with the needle in the middle of the loop.

Push the needle back through hole 2 with the needle still inside the loop.

Bring the needle back up through hole 3.

Then continue the pattern until you finish your chain. When you make your last loop bring the needle up through the last hole (8 in this example).

Then push the needle back through hole 8, but this time you’ll push it through the other side of the loop to anchor it down.

As I mentioned, I haven’t put this stitch to use, but I can imagine it would make a pretty border or decorative touch. I’ll let you know if I ever find a practical use for it. Maybe braids on an embroidered little girl? Leave a comment if you have any ideas.

Best,

Alie

Day 178: Embroidery Day 4- Back Stitch

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Supplies: Fabric, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, embroidery hoop, scissors

Time: Varies

Today I’m starting a series of straight stitch embroidery tutorials. We’ll start with the backstitch. I made a little numbered system to explain the stitches more simply, so get  your embroidery hoop loaded with fabric and thread your needle!

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