Friday, December 11, 2009

Featured Friday - Little Page Turners

It is time for another Blog Swap! I am SO SO SO excited to introduce you to our guest blogger for today!

Meet Christianne, the crafty gal behind Little Page Turners! She is sweet and smart and you definitely want to check out her blog!

Here she is!

When Fawnda asked me to blog swap, I felt like I'd been invited to sit at the cool kids table! Thanks, Fawnda! You have a fabulous blog and I'm thrilled to be here.

I am 29 years old and a stay at home mom to my two girls, ages 4 and 1 1/2. My love of children's books started, well, when I was a child. I guess I never outgrew them! This past summer I started Little Page Turners as a way to share my favorite books. One day I tried matching a book with a kids craft and became hooked. Each week I pick a new theme and share books, crafts and activities to go along with that theme. I am not a "crafty" person nor do I know how to sew, so you can be sure that if I successfully accomplish a craft, you can too!

Today I'm sharing how to make a handprint reindeer applique. Let's get started!

What you'll need:
  • a shirt
  • hand-sized scrap of fabric
  • small button
  • two sizes of fuzzy puffs (I'm sure these have an official name, but you know what I'm talking about)
  • fusible webbing
  • ric rac ribbon
  • a child's hand
What you'll do:
  1. Trace your child's hand on a piece of paper and cut it out to create a template.

  2. Using the template, trace and cut out the hand shape on your scrap of fabric. I used a fleece remnant I found at Walmart for $1. It was a little darker than I had wanted, but for a buck I figured I could make it work. (Note: Be sure to trace onto the wrong side of the fabric.)

  3. Trace and cut out the fusible webbing. (Note: Make sure you buy fusible webbing and NOT fusible interface. You'll quickly find out that it's the wrong stuff. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...)

  4. Follow the directions on your fusible webbing package to fuse the fabric hand to your shirt.

  5. Because I used fleece, and fleece won't unravel, I didn't need to finish off the edges. If you are using a cotton scrap, you'll want to use a sewing machine to finish off the edge, or you can use fabric paint. I chose to hand-stitch just to give it a more finished look.

  6. Now you can add the details! Sew on a little puff for the tale.

  7. Add a tiny puff for the nose and a button for the eye.

  8. Cut off a couple thin strips of fusible webbing to add the ric rac antlers. I finished off the ends of the ric rac with a touch of clear fingernail polish.

  9. Now put it on your darling child and ask her to model.

  10. When cajoling, pleading, and threatening doesn't work. Set her in front of Sesame Street to lull her into a sense of security. Then take a picture when she isn't looking!

  11. Take a picture of your other daughter, because eating one's foot is a feat worthy of documentation... (pun fully intended!)

You're done! Now straighten up the house, switch over the laundry, and get that dinner started, because when Sesame Street is all done you're going to want to read:

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

When "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" plays on the radio, Olive the dog hears "all of the other reindeer" as "Olive, the other reindeer" and believes he must be a reindeer. He heads to the north pole, straps on a pair of antlers, and joins Santa's team. While he's not the most successful reindeer, his canine retriever skills come in handy when a hole in Santa's bag threatens Christmas.

The illustrations are quirky and fun and the story is entertaining and to-the-point. My daughter read this at school and talked about it at length when I picked her up that afternoon. You should hear her go on and on about Olive dangling in the air and leaping from the rooftops. She obviously loved it and I think your child will too!

Thanks again, Fawnda, for letting me guest post!

This year, may your hand-crafted stockings be full of good reads!


Isn't she A-DORABLE! Be sure to go over to Little Page Turners and check out my post! I have a cute tutorial waiting for you over there!


Stephanie said...

Enjoyed the post Fawnda! Can't wait to check out your blog and follow. I will get some great ideas for my niece :)

Have a wonderful day!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

The reindeer is adorable and the kiddos are even cuter! This would be so cute on placemats or on stockings as well. Love it!

arkie said...

Cute! I bought a sweatshirt for my grandson,recently, with the intention of making "something" for him for Christmas. This may be the project! Thanks!

Jen @ said...

That is so cute. What a fun project to do with the kids!

I am having a bloggy party on Monday about Homemade Gifts. Will you come over and link up? You have so many wonderful ideas - I think people would love to see them! It can be an older project or post.



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