Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Flying Bat Craft

I've wanted to make this flying bat for a while and with Halloween coming up I decided it was time. I googled images of bats to see exactly what the little fellows look like. I always thought bats were cute and they are...just look at those faces...and they have sweet little voices too...I know because we have a mulberry tree in our garden and every November when the fruit ripens the local bats come to enjoy a little midnight snack. They always seem to be chatting and making all sorts of strange sounds which I enjoy listening to...although I think my neighbours disagree. Anyway, if you'd like to make your own very well-behaved flying bat just read on...

What You Need

Black felt
60cm length wire
16cm length of wire
Google eyes

What to do

1. Download and print out the bat template. Cut out two bat shapes from black felt.

2. Bend the 16cm wire into a "bird" shape and glue across the wings.

3. Glue the 60cm wire into place. I've used light coloured wire in steps 2 and 3 to make it easier to see what I'm doing but the actual wire is black as in the final photo.

4. Glue the remaining felt bat shape on top. Glue on wiggly eyes.

And if you'd like to make a butterfly in flight have a look at this one.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 18, 2015

An Interview with author and sewing teacher Annabel Wrigley

"I'm an Aussie mum, author and designer living in rural Virginia. I own Little Pincushion Studio, a sweet little space where I teach many little sewing pixies everything they need to know to go forth and conquer the world of sewing and creating. When I'm not teaching, I'm busy coming up with a million and one projects for my "We Love to Sew" series of books published by C & T Publishing." Annabel blogs at Little Pincushion Studio and has just released her 4th book.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Odd Bods: No Sew Sock Dolls

So you want to make some sweet little sock dolls with just one sock that you don't have to sew or cut? Well then, say hello to the Odd Bods...the cutest one-sock no-sew sock dolls you ever did meet. Some people might think these little fellows are...well...just a little odd looking...I guess they are... but hey they're family:

Monday, August 24, 2015

An interview with craft and sewing book author Jane Bull

I remember seeing some of Jane Bull's books many years ago and loving them… many of the craft books for kids that I'd come across seemed either too simple or too complicated or too boring…her books were like finding a little oasis of colour and fun and life. Jane lives in London with her husband and three children.

What do you think makes a project something kids love to do?

My rule of thumb has been anything with a face . There’s nothing like it for grabbing their attention and engaging them.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

DIY Back-to-School Owl Locker Magnet

It's back-to-school time in the northern hemisphere and this DIY Owl Locker Magnet is a fun and easy way to personalise your locker.

I was chatting with Amie Plumley the other day and she mentioned she was going to use my speech bubble magnet as a locker magnet project with her sewing club. I loved the idea so this little Owl is jumping on the locker magnet wagon. You can find the Owl tutorial here and the template here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

An Interview with Amie Plumley co-author of Sewing School

Amie Plumley is co-author of Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love To Make. With more than 63,000 copies in print, Sewing School is in Amazon's top ten for sewing. Her second book, Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing, was awarded a gold medal in 2013 by National Parenting Publications. 

Amie is also co-creator of Sewing School Day Camp, oversees an after-school sewing programme, and teaches sewing workshops to both children and adults. She lives, teaches and crafts in Memphis, Tennessee and is the mother of two little sewers aged 7 and 10. She blogs at

Monday, August 3, 2015

An Interview with Kids Sewing Book Author Wendi Gratz

Over the next few weeks I'll be intervewing sewers from around the world...most teach kids sewing at home or at camps...all have written sewing books or craft books or's been so interesting hearing from people involved in an area that I've also been working in for the last two decades...and I see the same look in the kids' eyes...they just look so proud of their creations...hope you enjoy these interviews as much as I have. 

My first interview is with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World who, together with her daughter Jo, is the author of Creature Camp: 18 Softies to Draw Sew, and Stuff and runs sewing camps in North Carolina.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Crazy Garden Bugs to Craft with Kids

This easy garden bug craft is sure to be a favourite with your kids. It uses simple-to-source everyday items and is full of creative possibilities.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

An easy mess-free craft activity for kids

This simplified butterfly mobile is a really easy mess-free craft activity to make with kids of all ages. 

To make this pretty little fellow you only need some felt, a length of wire to place the butterfly on, an artificial flower stamen (which can be bought from a craft shop) to make the antennae from, a bowlful of beads and a little glue. You can find the complete step-by-step tutorial HERE.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Mothers Day Gift for Kids to Make

It's always nice to find a Mothers Day gift that kids can make and mums can use:

...and although this tutorial is for a fridge magnet you can just as easily make it into a big comfy colourful cushion…and of course you don't have to stop at one…have a happy Mother's Day, Trixi

Monday, April 13, 2015

An Easy Sewing Project for Boys: Tic Tac Toe to Go

To coincide with the ebook launch of Sew Together Grow Together, Sew Mama Sew is featuring my tutorial to one of the easy to sew projects for kids taken from the book. 

The project is my O's & X's pouch - (they call it Tic Tac Toe in the States) - came from the idea of combining a popular children's game with the fact that kids love carrying things around, and I have no doubt that your kids will love both the game and the pouch even more when they make it themselves. 

The version of the pouch taken from my book is more suited to girls so I wanted to give here an alternate version that will make a great sewing project for boys. This pouch is still made exactly as shown in the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew, I've just changed the colours and decorative motifs. Any objects can be chosen for the game counters. I've chosen to use  smooth light and dark stones as they are objects that fascinated my own boys when they were young.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ebook Launch of Sewing Projects for Kids

A newsflash to all parents interested in easy-to-make creative sewing projects for kids: the ebook version of Sew Together Grow Together is being launched today on Amazon with an extra special launch price of $5.00.

For 1 week only download your copy for $5.00 instead of the usual price of $9.95

The book features 20 fun and easy-to-make hand sewing projects developed and tested in classes and workshops with children aged between five and twelve. 
You can have a look through the book HERE...

...or get a taste of some of the projects at the following sites which will be featuring selected projects from the book over the next few weeks:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sewing with Kids at the Stitches and Craft Show

Publishing my book of easy hand sewing projects for kids, Sew Together Grow Together, has opened up so many different doors. It's been an exciting time and with the release of the ebook this April 13, I'm pretty certain things will stay on the boil.

In March I was invited as guest artist to give two days of family hand sewing workshops at the Stitches and Craft Show at Rosehill Racecourse here in Sydney. We had a large room, lots of parents and grandparents coming in with their kids, and children as young as 4 years.

Below is a brief pictorial stroll through our two days together in which my mission was to show parents that young kids can sew and really love it:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sew an Easter Bunny with the Kids

Here's a simple Easter bunny project you can sew with your kids.

The first thing I ever remember about the Easter bunny is sitting in preschool in a big group of kids, we were all kind of sitting around the piano like they used to do, the teacher would play the piano and we would all sing. Can't remember what we were singing, but all of a sudden the teacher shouts out "Look the Easter bunny just ran by", and we all turned around to see him but I was too slow and missed him. It was very disappointing but very exciting.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentines Love Bugs: Sewing With Kids

These little love bugs are colourful good-natured critters that kids can sew and give to their friends and family this Valentines day. Filled with rice grains, they are soft and pliant and will fit snuggly into the palm of your hand. They make gentle loveable companions who will happily live in a pocket or sit quietly on a desk while you work.

And if you're interested in finding some more endearing projects to sew with your kids you might want to take a look at my book, Sew Together Grow Together, which has 20 similar projects to make with your kids.

Kids love hand sewing but it's also a great activity for improving their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, concentration, and just a really fun way to build self-confidence and independence by showing them that they can create some amazing things.