Danielle's Place of Crafts and Activities

Material & Sewing Crafts
for Kids and Adults

How to Make Crafts Using Material

 

Kangaroo iPod Pouch Sewing Craft for Kids

This simple sewing project is great for children eight and older. The pouch can be used for iPods, business cards, or Bible verse cards. Instead of using felt, you can use fun foam and just glue the pieces together, and instead of using a button for the nose you can use foam and use velcro for the clasp.

Kangaroo Craft - Kangaroo iPod Pouch Sewing Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Brown, Tan, and Pink Felt Squares

Embroidery Floss

Large Sharp Needle

Wiggle Eyes

Black Shank Buttons

Straight Pins

Scissors

Low Temp Mini Glue Gun

 

How to make:

1. Print out the Patterns and use them to cut the pieces from tan or brown felt squares. Cut inner ears from pink felt and glue them to the top of the ear pieces.

2. Sew a straight stitch at the top of the pouch piece (Curved edge)

3. Stack the piece one on top of the other starting with the back piece, the front pocket and then the pouch on top. They should match up at the bottom as shown in the picture to the left.

Kangaroo iPod Pouch Diagram

4. Stick the arms and feet pieces between the back and front pocket pieces and use straight pins to hold them in place. Sew all the pieces together using a small straight stitch as shown in the picture by the red dotted lines.

5. Fold the top of the back piece forward to form the flap and decide where you want the button nose. Mark the place with a marker on the front pocket piece. Sew the button on by reaching your hand inside the pocket and using embroidery floss. Stick the needle through the felt and the buttonhole and then back through the felt to the inside of the pocket. Bring one end of the floss all the way through and tie the two ends together to secure it in place.

6. Fold the flap down again and mark where the button should come through. Cut a small slit the same length as the button through the material for a buttonhole.

7. To finish glue on googly eyes and ears. You can also use embroidery floss to sew on a mouth. You may also want to add a rope to the pouch to carry it on your shoulder.

 

©2009, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Sock Doll Clothes and Sock Dolls

Sock Animals sock dolls
sock doll clothes

Use old socks to make clothes for your dolls and stuffed animals. These are cheap and easy and take very little time to make. Most of them where made without any sewing. Go to Sock Doll Craft Page for directions.

©2009, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Horned Owl Decoration or Change Purse

 

Horned Owl Sewing Craft - Use these owls as stuffed toys, Christms decorations, or Change Purses. Directions on www.daniellesplace.com

 

These charming little owls can be used for many different purposes. Stuff them and make them plump for a child's toy, fill them with rice to make rice bags, hang them on your Christmas tree, string them together to make Christmas garland. Add a zipper and use them as change purses or gift holders.

What you will need:

Fabric or Felt

Buttons or Felt for the Eyes *Note- decorative buttons can be very expensive. You can find buttons like these on used clothes at rummage sales. Recycle!

Polyester Felt Sheets

Hot Melt Glue and Glue Gun

Zipper (If you are making the change purse) (You can also get these off of used clothing)

Decorative Items such as Felt Ric Rac, Polyester Ric Rac, Ribbon, , or Lace

Polyester Fiber Fill or Dry Rice (Use fiber fill from old stuffed animals or old pillows.)

 

How to Make the Fabric Owl Change Purses:

1. Cut out one each of the the body shapes and four each of the wing shapes from fabric.

Member's card pattern

Instant Download Pattern $2.00 - purchase  view cart

2. Use one of the body patterns to make the front of the owl. Glue or sew on buttons for the eyes. Large orange buttons and decorative gold buttons with black shiny middles were used for the eyes of the owls pictured. The shanks (back of the buttons) were cut off using pliers. You can also use felt or googly eyes. Cut a triangle shape for the beak from gold felt and glue between the eyes.

3. Sew Rick Rack, ribbon, or other decorative items on the front of the owl. You can also use fancy sewing machine stitching or embroidery.

owl diagram

4. Making the owls out of felt is much easier than using muslin because you don't have to worry about frayed edges, and you don't have to sew the material and then turn it right-side out. To make the felt owl place the wings and feet between the body patterns and pin them to keep them in place. If you would like to include a loop for hanging the owl, cut a piece from the felt, fold it in half and then pin it between the body pieces so that it is up side down. Sew all the way around the body to secure the feet and wings. If you want the owl to be plump, leave part of the top of the head between the ear tuffs open, stuff it with Polyfil, and then sew it closed.

owl diagram 2

5. If you would like to make a change purse. Cut open the back of the owl as shown in the pattern and sew in a zipper. Then sew the front and back together.

Owl change Purse

6. To make the muslin owl decorate the front piece first. Sew two wing patterns together and then turn them right side out and stitch around the edges. (You could use felt for the wings instead and you would only need to cut two wings.) Pin the wings to the front body part so that the wings are facing inward. Pin the feet to the body pattern so that they are facing upward. Sew around the body pattern leaving the top middle part of the head open. Turn right-side out and then top-stitch all the way around the body.

owl craft change purse craft

You can also add a zipper to make a change purse. A pattern is provided for this also. The back pattern is in two pieces and is longer because you have to make a hem where the zipper is sewn on. Once you hem the pieces, place the zipper so that the teeth match up with the hemmed edge and sew it on. I unzipped the zipper to sew it on, then zipped it back up when I was done, and then cut off the extra length. When you sew the back and front together the zipper tab won't be able to come off the zipper.

©2009, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

"Jesus Loves You" Beanbag Craft

Jesus Loves You Bean Bag Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Felt Squares

Cold Peel T-shirt Ttransfers such as Wyndstone Jet-Pro (Do not use the hot peel transfers on felt because the felt stretches when the transfers stick to the felt. If you can't find cold peel transfer that will work on your printer, use a poly/cotton material instead of the felt),

Pinking Shears

Iron

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery Needle

Small Dried Beans or Rice

 

How to make Smiley Face Bean Bags: 

1. Print out the Pattern onto T-shirt transfer material.

2. Cut around the edges of the smiley faces.

3. Cut two, 4 1/2" circles from felt or material for each bean bag.

4. Iron one of the smiley faces onto one of the circles.

5. Put the circle together and use a straight stitch to sew the two circles together leaving an opening to insert the beans.

6. Fill the bean bag with the beans and close up the bag.

©2004, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Angel Kisses Bag Craft

These little bags are great to use as treat or gift bags for special occasions.

Angel Kisses Bag Craft

What you will need:

Material

T-shirt transfers

String

Red heart pony beads

Iron

 

How to make:

1. Print angles onto T-shirt transfer material.

2. Cut out the angels with the words attached close to the pattern.

3. Cut a piece of material 11" x 4 1/2".  Fold the material, right side out, in half to form a rectangle 4 1/2" x 5 1/2". Position one of the angel transfers on the folded material 3/4" from the folded edge.  The folded edge is the bottom of the bag. Iron the transfer on.

4. Fold the material wrong side out and sew one side 1/4" from the edge of the material.  Sew the other side the same way except start 1 1/2" down from the top.

5. Cut a piece of string 20" long.  Fold (iron) the top edge of the bag over 1/4" to the wrong side.  Fold it over again 1/2" to make a casing for the string. Sew the casing closed with the string inside.  Put a red heart on each end of the string and tie a double knot to finish.

Patterns for this craft are available to Members of Danielle's Place.

©2004, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Stuffed Fish (Yellow Tang) Craft

Children of all ages will love painting or coloring these adorable fish. 

Stuffed Fish (Yellow Tang) Craft

What you will need:

White polyester stretch material

Wiggly eyes (optional - do not use if you have very small children)

Pinking shears

Thread

Polyester stuffing

Glue gun

 

How to make:

1. Print out the Fish Pattern.

2. Fold the material in half with right sides together. Pin the body, pectoral fin, and pelvic fin patterns onto the material and cut out the patterns on the solid lines. Pin the dorsal fin and anal fin patterns onto a single layer of material and cut out the patterns on the solid lines.

3. Pin the dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins onto the body patterns with rights sides together matching up the points. The fish pieces will be laying on top of each other.

4. You can sew the pectoral fins on at point G now if you would like. Or you can just use hot melt glue and glue them in place when you are finished stuffing the fish.

5. Place the other body piece on top of the body piece with the fins sewed on (right sides together). The fins should be laying flat against the body material so that they are inside the fish.  You will be sewing over the same stitches you used to sew the fins on.

6. Sew the fish together starting at one end of the caudal fin and ending at the other. Leave the back of the caudal fin open.

7. Turn the fish inside out and stuff with fiber fill.  Sew the end of the caudal fin closed and use pinking shears to clip close to the seam.

8. If you haven't sewed on the pectoral fins you can glue them on now.  Glue the wiggly eyes in place to finish. Do not use wiggly eyes with small children.  They could come off.

9. These fish can be colored with water paints, magic markers or fabric markers or a combination of all three.  I like the Crayola washable markers because even young children can safely complete this project.   When the children are done coloring their fish they can paint over the fish with water to make the colors blend together. If the child goofs or doesn't like his work, you can wash off the markers and start again.

10. A string can be added to hang the fish.  A fish mobile can be made by hanging a collection of fish from a plastic hanger.

©2004, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Credit, Store, and Business Card Wallet Craft

These card holders are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and can be designed with a personal touch for everyone you know.

wallet Craft for kids

What you will need:

Fabric

Felt Squares

Decorative Items

Velcro

Sewing Machine

Matching Thread

There are several different ways to make these adorable wallets depending on the material you use. The stiff felt wallets are the easiest and quickest because there is very little sewing. The material wallets take a little longer and require a little more sewing, but there you have a much wider selection of designs to pick from.

 

How to Make the Wallets:

Card Holder Wallet Craft

1. Print out Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 and cut them out.

2. Pin the patterns to your fabric and cut them out. Cut two of the Wallet Cover Pattern. Cut the slits where indicated on the pattern. Note the x and y marks on the pieces from the pattern.

3. Place the two cover pieces together, right-sides together and pin the top part. The side without the letters x and y.

4. Sew around the top part from slit to slit. Trim the corner, and then turn the piece right side out. Poke the corners out and iron them flat.

wallet craft

5. Fold the two pocket pieces in half (right side of the material facing out) and top stitch 1/2' from the fold line on each piece.

6. Place the two folded pocket pieces on top the cover piece with the smaller pocket on the bottom. The x's and y's should all be on top of each other. The top of the larger pocket piece (the folded side) should match up with slits cut on the cover piece. Pin the pieces together and then stitch the pockets to the cover piece. Turn the pockets inside out so that both pockets are on the same side.

7. Stitch all the way around the wallet close to the edge.

8. Glue on buttons, Rickrack, ribbon, etc. to decorate the wallet.

9. Cut small pieces of Velcro and glue them to the wallet to keep it closed.

©2010, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Felt Square Wallets - Soft felt

Credit Card Wallet  Craft

You can make two of these wallets one 50 cent square of felt.

How to make:

1. To make the main part of the wallet cut a piece of felt 8.5" x 4 1/4" or use the Pattern. Fold down the top and bottom of the piece, the 4 1/4" length, one-half inch and top stitch the folded material. Trim the folded part close to the seam

card holder diagram

2. Measure two inches from the bottom folded edge and draw a line across the width of the material. This is where you will line up the bottom of the inside pocket.

3. To make the inside pocket cut another piece of felt 4 1/4" by 3" or use the Pattern. Fold the top edge down 1/2" and top stitch it down. Trim the folded part close to the seam.

card holder diagram 2

4. Place the inside pocket on the main piece so that the folded edge is facing the inside of the main piece. You should see the folded down edge on the main piece and not the folded down edge on the inside pocket piece. Line up the bottom of the inside pocket piece with the line you drew two inches from the bottom of the main piece.

5. Sew the inside pocket piece to the main piece 1/2" from the bottom of the inside piece.

Green Card holder Craft for Kids

6. Fold up the bottom of the main piece at the two inch line so that it covers all but 1/2" of the inside pocket. Pin the folded bottom to the inside pocket and stitch all the way around the outside of the wallet as close to the edge as possible.

7. To finish sew on or glue on buttons and decorative items.

©2010, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Felt Square Wallets - Made from Stiffened Felt Squares or Fabric that Doesn't Fray Such as Vinyl or Leather.

stiffend felt card holder craft for kids

These wallets are made basically the same as the soft felt wallets above except that you do not have to turn down the edges because the felt is much sturdier.

How to make:

1. To make the main part of the wallet cut a piece of felt 7.5" x 4 1/4" or use the Pattern.

2. Measure two inches from the bottom edge and draw a line across the width of the material. This is where you will line up the bottom of the inside pocket.

Dog card holder craft

3. To make the inside pocket cut another piece of felt 4 1/4" by 2.5".

4. Place the inside pocket on the main piece so that lining up the bottom of the inside pocket piece with the line you drew two inches from the bottom of the main piece.

5. Sew the inside pocket piece to the main piece 1/2" from the bottom of the inside piece.

6. Fold up the bottom of the main piece at the two inch line so that it covers all but 1/2" of the inside pocket. Pin the folded bottom to the inside pocket and stitch all the way around the outside of the wallet as close to the edge as possible.

7. To finish sew on or glue on buttons and decorative items.

©2010, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Stuffed Star Fish Toy Craft 

Stuffed Star Fish Toy

What you will need:

White polyester stretch material

Wiggly eyes (optional - do not use if you have very small children), pinking shears

Thread

Polyester Stuffing

Glue Gun

 

How to make:

1. Make a copy of the Pattern and cut it out.

2. Fold the material in half with right sides together. Pin the pattern onto the material and cut on the solid line. 

3. With right sides together sew the pieces together at the long dashed lines.

4. Turn the starfish right side out.  Push some fiber fill into each arm and then into the center of the fish.

5. Sew the starfish closed with a needle and thread.  Glue on wiggly eyes.  Do not use wiggly eyes if you have young children. They can be pulled off.

©2004, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Stuffed Sea horse Toy Craft

Stuffed Sea Horse Craft

What you will need:

White polyester stretch material

Wiggly eyes (optional - do not use if you have very small children)

Pinking shears

Thread

Polyester Sstuffing

Glue Gun

 

How to make:

1. Make a copy of the pattern and cut it out.

2. Fold the material in half with right sides together. Pin the pattern onto the material and cut on the solid line.  Use pinking shears to cut the outside edges of the fins if you would like.

3. Mark the darts where the fins should be attached at point A and B on the wrong side of the cut out pieces. 

4. Sew the darts where you marked them on the fabric. You can sew the pectoral fins on at point B now if you would like. Or you can just use hot melt glue and glue them in place when you are finished stuffing the sea horse.

5. With right sides together sew the pieces together at the long dashed lines (the front part of the sea horse).

6. Turn the sea horse right side out. Stuff the tip of the tail, the nose, and the coronet with some fiber fill.

7. Stuff the rest of the sea horse. Pin the dorsal fin in place and finish sewing the sea horse closed.

8. If you haven't sewed on the pectoral fins you can glue them on now.  Glue the wiggly eyes in place to finish. Do not use wiggly eyes with small children.  They could come off.

©2004, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Jonah Beanbag Doll Craft

For ideas on how to use this with your lesson go to the Jonah and the Whale Lesson Ideas.

Jonah Beanbag Craft

What you will need:

White material, hot melt glue gun, pinking shears (optional), black sharpie or fabric pen, and beans or rice.

How to make:

1. Print out the Pattern and trace it using a black fabric pen or black permanent marker onto the white material using a light box or window. You can also use carbon paper.

2. Fold the material over so that you have a double thickness.  Cut out the pattern around the outside lines using pinking shears.  Glue the two pieces together around the edges using hot melt glue or fabric glue.  Remember to leave a place open to put the rice or beans in.

Jonah in the Whale milk jug craft and game

3. Fill the bag with rice or beans and then glue the rest closed.

4. Have the children color Jonah with crayons or child safe markers.

5. If you have a safe place to use a hot melt glue gun in your class, wait until the children have finished coloring their beanbag and then fill it with rice then glue closed.  This will make it a little easier to color.

6. If you don't feel like tracing the pattern onto the fabric, you can print the pattern onto T-shirt transfer material and iron on the pattern to the material.

For even more craft and activity ideas for Jonah and the Whale go to the Bible Themes - Jonah Page.

©2003, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

No-sew Bible Costumes

No-sew Bible Costumes

Play acting seems to be one of the best  ways our children learn their bible lessons so we try to do it as much as possible. The children always seem to remember the lessons that we act out better than any of the other lessons. These are cheap to make and take very little time.

What you will need:

Buy cheap fabric that won't fray too much (cotton polyester blends work well). These sizes are for 3 year old children. You will want to make them a little bigger for older children. Just make sure you don't make them too long so that the children won't trip on them.

How to make: To make the tunic cut out a piece of material 28" x 56" and cut a hole in the center just big enough for the child's head to fit through. To make a belt cut out a piece of  material 5" x 36" or a little longer. To make a head cover  cut out a piece of material 20" x 46.

©2003, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Rice Bag Bed Buddies

Rice Bag Bed Buddies

Do you complain about cold feet or hands, or get really bad headaches?  Do you use a  heating pad a lot, but are worried about its safety?  Well here is something that just might help.  Just  pop them in the microwave for a few minutes until they get hot enough.  Depending on the size you make, they will stay hot up  to 3 or 4 hours.

What you need:

Heavy material such as canvas or denim, Two pieces at least 10" x 11" for the back or  5" x 12" for your neck.  Some light weight material like cotton or a poly/cotton blend for the cover (cut slightly larger than the canvas).  You will need at least 3 cups of rice to fill the bag  (don't use the minute rice) and potpourri, spices or herbs for a  nice smelling bag (optional).

How to make:

1. Cut the heavy material to the size  and shape you want (you will probably have to  experiment a little).  Then cut the light- weight material a little bigger to match (this will be the cover since you can't wash the rice bag).

2. Sew up all the sides with right sides together until you have just enough space left to pour in the rice. 

3. Pour in the rice and sew the ends. If you don't like the smell of rice, you can add some herbs or potpourri. The smell of cooked rice goes away after you use the bag several times. These are great  for children when they have an ear ache. Use cute material or make it in an animal shape.  Or take the inside out of a stuffed animal and sew the rice bag in. Just make  sure the animal doesn't have any parts that will melt in the microwave and be sure you don't  get them too hot.

4. Make the rice bag cover.

Here's a quick and easy way to make a rice bag sent in by Bethany Davis of Birmingham, Alabama.  I took one of my husband's old athletic socks that was too stretched out to use anymore. (clean, of course!) Fill the sock with rice and tie a knot at the top. Instant rice sock, we call it. It's the perfect size for wrapping around your neck or shoulders, or for the small of your back in the car on a cold day. And even those of us who are sewing machine impaired can make this one!

©2003, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Scrunchie Snakes and Lizards

Scrunchie Snakes and Lizards

What you will need:

Material, 12" pipe cleaner, hot melt glue  gun, eyes, foamie sheet, felt for legs (optional), 30" string

How to make:

1. Cut a piece of material 27" x 3" for the snake  or 27" x 4" for the lizard.

2. Cut out the mouth from a sheet of foamie and 4 legs from a  piece of felt if you are making the lizard, using the patterns.

3. Put a knot at the end of one end of the string and attach it to one of the long ends of the material either by sewing it on or pinning it on. The string will help you turn the material right side out once you have finished sewing it.

4. Fold the material long ways right sides together. Place the string so it runs down the inside of the material. It should  be long enough to stick out the other end.

5. Sew up the long end of the material leaving the ends open.

6. To turn the material inside out pull on the string while gently pulling down on the material at the other end. When you have the material completely turn inside out, you can cut off the string.

7. Fold down one end of the pipe cleaner about 1/4' (this will  help it slide better into the material) and insert it into the  material until it is all the way in. Now glue that end of the  pipe  cleaner to that end of the material. Fold over the material and glue again. This will be the tail end.

8. Push the rest of the material down over the pipe cleaner by scrunching up the material at the tail end. Continue this until  the pipe cleaner comes out the other end. Fold in the rough  edges  of the material.

©2002, Digital by Design, Inc. - See Copyright Information

 

 

Material Crafts on Other Pages