Hoop art is extremely popular, and I have been oogling people’s projects on Pinterest and Instagram for a while now. My first crafting skill was counted cross stitch– I learned when I was about seven, much younger than the Big One is now. I loved sewing, and the peace and relaxation that it brings me, but I haven’t done it in years. However, with the dozens of gorgeous hoop art embroidery projects that I’ve seen on the web recently, I’ve been itching to get stitching again! Several weeks ago, we were at an event where the children were given coloring pages from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I thought the pictures would be perfect for some hoop art for the Little Monkey. Using the coloring page, I made a template for my Very Hungry Caterpillar Hoop Art.
The end of the school year is just around the corner, and this year it’s bittersweet. The Big One is finishing up his last year on Elementary School, and soon he’ll be off to Middle School. In just a few weeks, it will be Teacher Appreciation week for his class. We just finished Teacher Appreciation week for the Little Monkey’s preschool, and surprisingly both schools handle the weeks in a similar manner. Teachers get lunch brought to them one day, flowers another, and on Friday, they receive a larger class gift that is usually a giftcard. I think they can appreciate and use the giftcard more than any gift I can come up with, but I like to send something handmade from the heart. This year I made Teacher Appreciation Lavender sachets. [Read more…]
I have a kid who throws. He also has started having tantrums and hitting. Ah, the joys of toddlerhood have arrived. One of the things that he likes to throw is his sippy cup. And let me tell you Monkey can really throw far! This is a problem when the Monkey is eating in his high chair, but it is particularly problematic when we are going somewhere and he is riding in his stroller. In fact, the other day while waiting in the DMV, the Monkey sent his sippy cup across the room, where it landed on a very dirty floor. Enter the sippy cup leash, and there are lots of varieties of them out there. Just do a quick Pinterest search! I made one with bias tape I already had an a package of sew in snaps. That’s it!
This project only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. You can make your leash any length you want. I didn’t want the leash to be long enough to drag when it was tossed from the stroller. Our stroller isn’t extremely larger or complicated, and and is a high quality umbrella stroller, so it’s lower to the ground (Note: the link is an affiliate link to my Amazon Affiliate account.) If you have a large, high off the ground stroller like a Quinny, you might want a longer leash.
You start by measuring out your length of bias tape and sew it closed together using your sewing machine. This is very quick and easy to do, but don’t rush too much. You’ll want to create a loop at one end of the tape by tucking the end of the bias tape back into the rest of the bias tape and sewing it shut:
The purpose of this loop is to secure the leash to the side of the stroller or the stroller straps. On the other end, you’ll just create a flat across end without a loop. I added snaps to this end. Do add the snaps, I measured out several of Monkey’s sippy cups, as I wanted to make sure that I placed the snaps in the correct locations. I then used a pen to mark the positions of the snaps. I hand sewed the snaps in place. As you can see in the primary picture, there are several different snap ends to insure that the leash fits multiple sized cups.
That’s it! A yard of bias tape, matching thread, snaps and twenty minutes is all I needed! Hopefully this tool will help rein in the tossing and throwing from the stroller. I’ll let you know if it makes any difference. Do you have a kid who loves to throw?
Several weeks ago, I shared this post over at Just Us Four, and I wasn’t sure how many of my readers hopped over there to visit my original post. I actually made this original project after being stuck in the car with my kiddos and Mellow Man for several hours. Kumihimo is the perfect car craft, as it easy to do, takes few tools, and is soothingly repetitive. It’s something that is potentially wonderful to do with your older kiddos. Kumihimo is a style of Japanese braid making. It involves using a “loom” that is basically a round disk. If you’d like to make one for yourself, you could make a loom out of a styrofoam plate, or you can easily order one at a place like Consumer Crafts or even a complete starter kit at Amazon (NOTE: This is an affiliate link, but what I have).
As an alternative to the Kumihimo jewelry that I’ve seen a lot of places, I decided to make a keychain for myself. After playing around and making a very simple kumihimo keychain, my sister-in-law asked if I could make them for our family’s favorite football team– the Pittsburgh Steelers! Once I came up with the design, I realized that this would be a great tutorial to share in this guest post, as the start of football season is just around the corner!