Easy & Inexpensive Craft Project!

Did you know that March is National Craft Month?  Read on for an easy and inexpensive craft sure to delight the kids AND adults in your life

A few years ago, I checked a book out from the library that had a collection of tiny felt creations posed and photographed throughout the author’s home.  I was enchanted.  They were so whimsical, silly, and fun.  I immediately decided that my granddaughter and her best friend needed some.

I used some of the patterns from the book, but soon began drawing my own simple patterns as well.  It was fun thinking up new animals to create.  They can be as simple or as ornate as you want them to be.

I made multiples of the same animals too so that the girls could play matching and counting games (putting all the bears together, the cats, etc.).  It would also be fun to make two of every animal for a Noah teaching opportunity.

 

What has surprised me the most is how much adults have fallen in love with them.  I suppose it takes us back to a time in our lives when it only took a tiny box of toys to bring us hours of amusement and joy.

 

Once you gather the materials, the animals come together quickly.  You’ll have your own boxful before you know it. 

What you need:

Paper

A pencil

Double sided tape

Craft felt

A needle

Scissors

Thread

Cotton balls

Batting

 

Instructions:

1) Draw a simple pattern on a piece of paper.

 

2) Attach the pattern to the felt with the tape and cut out.  Repeat.

 

 

3) Add any features you want with embroidery, paint, or even a sharpie.

 

 

4) Hand sew around the edge ¾ of the way around.  Stuff.  Finish sewing the final fourth.

 

 

And, that’s it!  Easy!  I like to work on them while I watch TV.  All the materials can also be packed into a Ziploc bag to be tucked in your purse while you’re running errands. 

 

 

What projects have you been working on?  I’d love to see them!

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