Little Felt Starfish

The little town of Seaside holds an annual treasure hunt around the city every summer. At the beginning of the summer they release nine picture clues with a matching written clue. If you enter the contest in the most creative way you can think of, you could win a paid vacation to Seaside for four! So I made a little seastar out of orange felt, we bought him a stick, and we took a photo of him with each clue so he was our little friend for our whole vacation while we searched for “treasure”!

Since the seastar is Seaside’s logo, I started researching felt seastars, and the one I loved best was at the blog While She Naps, that gave me the inspiration to do one with wavy arms instead of strait like when they are dried. I googled starfish outlines, and came across a pattern by Kid Spot, you can download it here: Starfish Pattern

I used the larger of the two patterns, cut one side out in orange felt, the other out of yellow felt, and added the eyes and mouth. I blanket stitched them together with orange embroidery floss, stuffing it as I went, and left a little hold near the bottom for the stick. Easy!

Cat Bed

I’ve never had too much luck with my cats using their cat beds, but I bought some gray felt by the yard for a project, and my cats would not stay off of it! So I went back to the store and got them a yard of their own to make a hemmed topper for their cat tree. It was a hit!

Costumes from Last Halloween

Thought I’d take a moment to showcase my kids Halloween costumes from last year. As always, about two months before Halloween I started talking about costumes, and out of the blue Meg said she wanted to be… A GLUE STICK! And not just any glue stick, she was very specific, she wanted to be “the one with the cow on it, the one I use at school”. With no precedent to work with, I just assembled everything as best I could.

Starting with about a yard of white felt I sewed up the back to form a tube, cut armholes so that the tube was at her chin, and cut the bottom off to rest just above Meg’s shoes. The whole thing kept slipping off, so I cut a few strips of felt, braided them, then stitched them to the tops of the armholes to form inside straps to hold the “glue stick dress” up from the inside, (you can kind of see one of the braided straps in the laughing picture below). She wore a white long sleeved shirt and jeans under it.

For the decoration I found a high quality picture of the glue stick from the Elmer’s website, and used photoshop to enlarge it. I printed out the large glue stick parts, cut them out, then used the cutouts as patterns to cut the shapes and words out of felt, which we ironed onto the glue stick with Heat n Bond iron-on hem adhesive. We also cut squares of orange and iron attached those to the bottom for the twisty part of the glue stick. Finally, for the logo, I used the paper cutouts to cut the silhouette of the cow out of felt, then sketched the ‘cow’ onto the shape, embroidered it in blue, and attached with the iron on strips.

The hat we made by cutting a circle out of orange felt, and sewing two strips around the circle, crude but effective.

Meg loved her costume!! Her favorite part was ducking her head down in the high part of the dress so that it appeared she was a ‘closed’ glue stick! She got wildly excited comments and praise at school, during trick or treating, and from family and friends. This was one of those flash-of-inspiration-costumes that really came together perfect!

For Kay’s ghost costume I cut a hole into the top of a square of white felt and sewed uneven strips of tulle to the inside of the collar/hole, adding a tulle hood last, simple and functional! She wore the poncho style costume over white leggings, a white skirt and, a white longsleeved undershirt. Perfect for a quick cheap four year old costume!

Do you love tiny things too? ♥

We got a new book from the library, it’s about crafts… in miniature! Titled: Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share, it has so many cute ideas we could not wait to get started!! So we yanked some felt scraps out of the sewing cabinet to make the adorable tiny cats on the cover. It was a great project for the girls to practice sewing, and then a fun painting project as well to do the face! And even though our cats were not as picture worthy as the ones in the book, the girls LOVED them and have been playing with them ever since.

Here is a picture from the inside of the book, and also a snapshot of our library copy…

Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share