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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sewn Together -- Crafty Weekends Review and Link Party

Disclosure: Lark Crafts sent me a copy of this book free of charge to review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Hazel loves doing crafts with me and especially likes to sew with me. Her sewing is not perfect and she definitely needs more practice, but she knows how to do it. Today's book is perfect for teaching a child to sew and for just having some sewing projects to do together. We are sharing Sewn Together by Jenny Doh.


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sewn-together-jenny-doh/1119955942?ean=9781454708773


This fun book has twenty five sewing projects with everything from headbands and clothes to puppets and a playhouse.  Hazel went through and bookmarked all the projects she wanted to make and I gave her the choice of two of them today: Animal Headbands or Starry Night Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags. She wanted to make the stuffed animal sleeping bag. My mother had given her fabric to make a blanket for her dolls or animals last year and we hadn't used it so we decided to use it for the sleeping bag. As a result we did not use batting and it was not the easiest fabric to sew. Oops!! Should have followed the book instructions more closely on fabric choice.
Finished Sleeping Bag
 However it did get Hazel using my sewing machine. I set it up on her small table in the family room so she would be able to reach the pedal. She had fun sewing. She started with zigzagging the edges of the two pieces of fabric. She was not great about keeping it close to the edges, but she didn't care. She felt it was made by her so it did not have to be perfect. Therefore I did not spend too much time correcting her mistakes. 

When it came time to sew the main seams the fabric was too slippery and I ended up doing most of the sewing so it would still work. Then she helped with the pillow and hand sewing at least until she pricked her finger with the needle. When it was done she was very excited to have it. We made the bigger bag but it was pretty small. It is the perfect size for Ducky!!

Hazel pointed out that Ducky always sleeps with her so he doesn't need his own sleeping bag. We tried her ballerina doll in it, but I had to bend her long legs to get her into it.
Then Hazel wanted to get into her sleeping bag and lay next to her for a picture.
Overall she loved getting to sew and told me she wants to sew more and make more of the projects in Sewn Together. The book itself gives some great tips on sewing with kids as well as some instructions on the various types of stitches and the basic sewing supplies to have on hand for the projects. We will definitely being doing more of these projects and hope you will check out this fun book!!





Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!! It was a small party and included many best of posts with the new year, and there were still some great crafts shared! Be sure to check them all out!!  

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop. Here is a sampling of features from last week's party! I also included some crafts from last week's Sharing Saturday since I think people are still a bit mixed up with the day change of this party!



1) From Savvy Apron: Roses Made From Candy

2) From  Creative Khadija: How To MAKE Crepe Paper Flower Wreath

3) From Wesens-Art: Heart on Canvas

4) From What Happens at Grandma's: Snow Problems Here

5) From Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes: Painting Like Ted Harrison

6) From  Designs By Miss Mandee: Build Your Own Snack Stadium (Free Printables)

7) From Crafty Journal: Dollar Bill Heart Origami
8) From Crochet for You: Free Gradient Love Crochet Heart and Necklace Pattern

9) From Joy's Jots, Shots and Whatnots: Draw String Back Pack Tutorial

10) From Use Resources Wisely: Homemade Fleece Scarves

 
Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!




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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!