Fun Projects for Children
Projects that you can make with children and for children.
Yo-Yo Caterpillar from Jennie Rayment
Yo-Yo Patchwork uses up your scraps of fabric and wadding
Just one of a range of fun toys that can be made from this simple Yo-Yo design (called a Suffolk Puff in the UK); its not only a great way to use up scraps of fabric but wadding too – the puffier the better! (sadly the pattern Jennie hig...
Owl Bunting with Jennie Rayment
Have fun with these lovely owls.
You can make them your own by choosing different styles and fabrics. Plus it’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric. So, you can use buttons for the eyes and bits of ribbon for the legs and small bits of felt and fluff for stuffing.
Also, why not get the kids in...
Hedgepigs with Gail Penberthy
Gail talks through her inspiration for these adorable little creatures and shows how to create the spikes from fabric, wool or even recycled shirting and denim jeans.
Created from folded squares, her patterns come complete with all the sizes and templates you will need. Large hedgehog finished 18...
Twisted Thread Tassels with Gina Ferrari
Gina has an interest in all aspects of textile art but her passion lies with machine embroidery.
You can see more of her work on show in the Evolve Evoke Expand exhibition videos: click here for part 1 and here for part 2.
Also, check out her work on her blog https://www.ginaferrari.blogspo...
Colouring with Markel Pens - Patchwork and Quilting Workshop with Lee Brown
Lee takes us through this interesting workshop on how to use Markel pens. These are oil-based and create interesting pictures which can then be stitched into. Simple stencil shapes are made out of cartridge paper.
Markel Pens are available from Art Van Go www.artvango.co.uk.
About Lee Brown
Rubber Stamping with deColourant and Dee Paramour
Dee Paramour shows us how to use deColourant®and deColourant® Plus to significant effect together with rubber stamps. The product is heat-activated but entirely safe and easy to wash out. Using the iron activates the product, and it can be used very effectively on cards and fabric.
The items sh...
Making Paper and Fabric Beads with Fran Rose
Not just Jewellery
In this little workshop Fran shares with us how to make fabric and paper beads. She suggests you can use fabric from your major project so that the beads co-ordinate. They could then be added to finish off a bag maybe as a zip pull or other textile project, so not just jeweller...
Fabric Balls from Jennie Rayment
Use your scraps
Jennie’s balls can be made into a quick and easy toy or decoration. Both are a great way to use up your scraps to produce this simple, safe fabric ball.
If you have a wavy cutter blade or pinking shears, you could also use them to give the edge of the fabric a little more interest...
Halloween Ghost T Shirt with Kate Findlay
Kate guides us through the process of making this simple painted T-shirt which can be done with and/or for the children.
If using white paint on black you may find you need several layers to get a good coverage - so a little bit of patience maybe! You could also ring the changes by adding day-...
Halloween Goody Bag with Kate Findlay
This delightful little project was designed by Kate and she feels it is suitable for those 7 years and older. Perfect for Halloween with the pumpkin design on the front but this could be adapted for any season/occasion. The stitching has been done with the machine but could just as easily be done...
How to block print onto clay with Holly Jones
Holly shows you how you can use your wooden blocks to print onto clay to make plates, bowls and tiles. The clay she uses can be air dried or dried in a kiln. You can then decorate with any of the paints you would normally use.
We have some lovely items from Holly in our Shop at www.justhands-...
Block printing tea towels with Tess Grace
As well as taking you through all the steps to create this lovely tea towel, Tess reminds you that you do need to practice as it helps to get your spacing correct with all the blocks you want to use as well as helping you get a good image from each of them. Don't forget that you can also layer t...
Crochet Bracelets with Jane Czaja
This delightful little bracelet has a shell motive and a button hole. Jane takes you through how to make these.
You get to practise all three basic crochet stitches: double crochet, half treble and treble in the making of this. Here Jane has used double knit and a 4.5m hook.
Moreover, if yo...
Make a Button Bracelet with Mandy Shaw
Mandy loves collecting buttons, as well as using them to decorate quilts and other small projects. She enjoys making simple jewellery.
In this lovely workshop she shows how to make a simple bracelet with the 4-hole buttons and a little bit of thong thread – great for adults and c...
Woven Ribbon Cards from the Stitch Witch
This is a really simple idea and one that would be great to share with the children.
How about recycling all those little bits of ribbon, that come as hangers on the inside of sweaters, and maybe curling ribbon could also be used?
Click here to learn more about Lynette Harris.
Shadow Applique Quilted Cards from The Stitch Witch
Great for children too
It is a great little project too for the children and another great use of glue
Think of using this technique for quilts without the glue, but simple stitching holds the shapes into place.
For more on applique
Check out Lynette’s other shadow applique patterns through the q...
3D Tree Decorations from The Stitch Witch
These are so quick and easy to make that you won't stop at one. Settle down with your glue stick and have fun. Once you know how you just need to raid your fabric and bead stash.
Great to do with the kids too.
Several designs are listed in the shop. Use the search for Lynette Harris or The...
Using Stencils and Masks with deColourant and Dee Paramour
Dee Paramour shows us how to use deColourant®and deColourant® Plus to effect using simple stencils – from your cardmaking stash significantly, or quilting stencils would work exceptionally well.
The items shown behind Dee have all been made with fabrics created using the two products.
How to Marble with Craig Joubert
In this very comprehensive workshop Craig shows you how easy it is to marble. This can be applied to most surfaces – from fabric, to tiles, leather, wood, cork, paper and cotton canvas.
He starts off by explaining what comes in the starter kit; the paint is non-messy, fast and permanent and is no...
How to Marble a Large Piece of Fabric with Craig Joubert
Craig Joubert from Marbling 4 Fun allows Valerie to design her own piece of fabric, but not on the scraps she bought to the studio, and we find out why, and how you can test whether or not fabric is suitable with a very simple test.
Valerie selects a few of her favourite colours, to create her ve...
Last Minute Gifts to Make with Craig Joubert
In this workshop Craig reminds you how quickly and easily you can make things with the Marbling 4 fun paint and as it’s completely non-toxic it is very safe for all the family to use.
You can create patterns on paper mache; polystyrene shapes; MDF pre-cut shapes work well and while you can paint ...
Hand Embellishing/Needlefelting with Jennie & Valerie
Simple and effective
Jennie demonstrates how simple and easy it is to use this little hand gadget to produce some really super results.
Embellish your wardrobe – one the children can do too
Another one of those techniques that the children can do using scraps of wool/fabric/threads. It is also a ...
Knitted Amigurumi Pets with Fiona Goble
Fiona shares with us her trio of delightful little pets that can be knitted (they are more usually found crocheted). She assures us that they are easy for beginners. Utilising simple knitting stitches, together with standard yarn - preferably with some wool content - and small needles.
Knitted Frida Kahlo Doll with Fiona Goble
This simple knitted doll represents the iconic Mexican artist, often remembered for her mono-brow. The Frida Kahlo Doll will use up scraps of dark/light worsted/8ply wool yarn. It is knitted flat on a pair of short (15cm) needles. You can use bits and bobs from your cupboard to create her jewe...