Thursday, 9 April 2009

Fun Easter Crafts Projects

Some of you may remember these sweet little chicks we made last Easter. I still have them sitting on my computer desk just because they make me smile!

Then there are my freebie Easter printables, just click on the pictures and then save to your computer.

I have also been doing a little web surfing and found some great activities and creative projects that you can do, even with your kids. I would love to have a go at all of these, but sooo much to do and so little time. Hope these save you some time searching for some fun Easter projects. I am unable to add the pics from these sites here due to copyright reasons, but trust me I am sure you will love them.

1) Cute little chicks and bunnies from a face cloth. These are so cute with an Easter egg sitting in them. I have made heaps of them and they are so quick and easy to make. Great for selling at an Easter fair too.

2) Sweet Easter bags and egg wrappers to print for free.

3) Rabbit Napkin Holders with template to print.

4) String Easter egg made using a water balloon with chicks inside.

5) Chocolate daffodils

6) Bunny cupcakes

7) Egg train

8) oh so cute brooch

9) easy rabbit cross stitch

10) Felt Easter Bag tutorial. Quick, easy and can be made to suit any occasion.

11) chenille/pipe cleaner egg

12) Gorgeous Beaded cross to remind us of the real reason for Easter. This would be beautiful as a brooch.

13) Ribbon and plastic mesh cross.

14) Easter bunny basket from a paper plate. Very easy even for young children.

15) This Handprint lily with a poem would be a perfect gift for adults this Easter from children. Step by step instructions to make the flowers are here.

16) Gorgeous bead and wire bunny. These would make a sweet necklace and earrings set as a non-chocolate gift for Easter.

17) Easter Egg cozy with printable pattern to sew. If you make these a little smaller they would make fun finger puppets!

18) Egg shaped Cakes! These look really cute, you bake a cake right in the egg, and I imagine they wouldn't last long. LOL

19) Cute Bunny Basket that you can make up and let kids finish decorating the face and feet! Instructions to make the box base are here. This one uses a diecut machine but it would be easy enough to draw and make your own if you don't own one. Thanks to SharonSkippy for sending me these links!
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Friday, 3 April 2009

Ready for some Online fun? Crafts Beautiful Forum Party!

In less than 2 hours Crafts Beautiful will be holding an online forum party to celebrate the launch of their new Make Jewellery magazine, which looks absolutely divine!

It is free to join the forum and there will tons of free downloads over the whole weekend, as well as guest designers, challenges and loads of other fun! I went to the Christmas party and let's just say everyone had a fabulous time. Hope to see you there.
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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Make A Quick No Sew Sweater for a Chihuahua Puppy or Small Dog - Tutorial

This is my latest sewing, well actually non-sewing project! Tell me what you think!

Make Chihuahua coat no-sew puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

It has been a while since I have needed to make puppy jumpers, and during a cold spell here in the middle of summer I needed a couple of coats for the puppies in a hurry. By the time the cold sets in here for winter I expect I will need to make some larger ones!

I would have loved to share pics of both of our chihuahua girls sporting their new clothes, but Bell just does not sit still enough to photograph! So here is Tinker modeling her Pink Spotted No-sew Baby Sleeve Sweater!

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

Tools Required:

Measuring Tape
Sleeve from a baby, toddler or child's sweater (see step one)


1) Measure your puppy's neck and around the chest. This will give you an idea for the size sleeve you need. I used the sleeve from a baby jumper, but you may need one from an older child or adult depending on the size of your dog or puppy.

2) Cut the sleeve from the garment you are using. The top should be as long as your dog from the back of the neck to the start of the tail. If you have a male dog the part underneath the coat (where the seam is) will need to be shorter to allow them to go to the toilet without soiling the jumper.

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

3) Make sure the wristband will fit over your dog's head. If it fits, great go onto the next step, otherwise do as I did. I cut the ribbing (wristband) from the sleeve, as it was too small to fit over my little chihuahua's head. I rolled the neck to hide the cut edge and make it softer around the neck.

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

4) Measure from your puppy's neck to the top of the front legs, and also the distance between the front legs. These will help you work out where to cut the holes for the paws to fit through. Make sure they have room to walk and play safely in them. If the holes are too big the paws can get stuck inside the jumper making it impossible for them to walk. Cut the holes in the sleeve and then your dog is ready to try on his or her new outfit!

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

Putting on a dog coat should be a positive and fun experience for your puppy. So whilst your puppy is learning to behave getting dressed, offer lots of rewards of praise and food treats.
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