Art work peg board for kids

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You will need:

  • wooden plaque
  • 2 wooden pegs
  • pva glue
  • brush
  • tester pot
  • child’s name or text

Paint the boards front and sides , the pegs leaving the back unpainted and the names if buying mdf ones. You may need to give everything a second coat. Be sure to paint in one direction and use good quality brushes. You can alternatively use a mini roller or a sponge to paint for more even texture. When painting your pegs don’t layer too much on or the leg won’t open.

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When dry stick name on central then two pegs either side. I used PVA glue and left to dry for 24 hours. You could also use wood glue, epoxy glue or a hot glue gun for this.

For the name you have options you can write it on yourself, buy ready cut acrylic letters, use felt, paint it on or buy laser cut mdf names and paint.

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Hang where you can see your childs beautiful artwork.

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The bonus of two pegs is you can hang heavy and big pieces easily on a small plaque or you can hang two pictures for those busy arty weeks we all inevitably have. They also make a great gift and you could leave the legs off for a door sign.

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Reward Chart Tutorial and FREE chart

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I have need some kind of reward chart for me kids for ages now and the few we’ve tried havent worked so well. I saw a chart but at £22 per child I couldn’t so I set about making my own cheaper version!! I bought everything online but if you bought in shops I’m sure it would be cheaper. Each chart cost me around £7-8 to make.

You will need: * FREE CHART * REWARD CHART *magnetic sheet x2 (both A4 at least one needs to be sticky) *frame (A4) *magnets *round stickers *small bag or envelope *drawing pin

First step is very simple. Take the glass out of your frame and pop in your chart, magnetic sheet and the backing board and secure. I had to trim mine slightly to fit properly.

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Next up you need to prepare the coloured counters. I bought magnets that were 12mm across and sticky. The stickers were 13mm so that I could just stick the two sticky sides together and done no trimming needed. I did approximately 6 red, 6 red and 25 green.

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Get your sticky magnetic sheet and with the rewards chart (cut the sides off so just left with the table itself) and score the size onto the magnetic sheet. This is so you can pull the protective layer off to use but can save the rest. Stick your reward chart on and cut each square out.

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I popped the rewards into an organza bag I had. If you don’t have one an envelope will do. I then popped my drawing pin to one side to hang the bag on……… but it made the frame go wonky. Yes I actually did do that.

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So make your sure yours is put in the centre so you’ve a nice level frame. Like so

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Now lets take a moment to talk about the system. You can adjust what you wish your kids to achieve using the links above which take you to word documents. I chose to break it down rather than have general lists to achieve. If they don’t do it at all they get a red dot, if they do it but there’s some grumbling and arguments and a million last chance then it’s yellow and of course if they do it without fuss they get green.

At the end of each day if most the dots are green they get a green for that day. Now at this point you might think well theres only 6 red and 6 yellow but I have faith in my kids and really hope I won’t need my leftover red dots!!

At the end of the week if most the dots are green in the bottom row they get their reward.

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The rewards are something you can change too and it is adult choice what goes onto the chart so the kids aren’t choosing toys all the time and suit it to the child. My 3 year old is obsessed with being laid with till he’s snoring but this can take hours and causes problems in the night too if he wakes so one of his rewards is a 5 minute lie with one of his parents.

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I hope you enjoy making this and I’ll let you know if it works.

tracy

Free T-shirt pattern round up for kids!

If you’re starting on with knits then you may want to try a free pattern for a simple t-shirt before you invest in patterns so heres my mini round up of free ones on the internet

  1. Nap Time creations- this says it is a girls one but there’s no reason it can’t work for boys too! Short and long sleeve and includes ages 2-12 years
  2. Nap time Creations also have this great free raglan pattern for ages 18 months – 10 years!!!
  3. Fleece fun– this runs in sizes 3-18 months so perfect for babies
  4. Peek-a-boo have this cute day camp set which includes shorts too!!! ages 2-5 years
  5. Scattered thoughts have a freebie for ages 3-10 years again says it’s for girls but no design on this making it impossible for boys too
  6. Small Dream Factory have this great envelope sleeve tee for newborn to 2 years
  7. Made Everyday have this age 4-5 years pattern and shows you how to make it from a mens t-shirt
  8. Melly sews have this ‘boy’ t-shirt pattern that of course can be used for girls too
  9. DIY crush have a pyjama pattern this will be a tighter fit than a day time top but its free!

Happy sewing!!

tracy

MBJM Jacky V tee Pattern Review

Please note I chose to review this pattern after testing it and using it for my own use. This was not asked of me.

I know I know another MBJM pattern! I had the chance to test this one or admittedly I wouldn’t have bought purely because I have too many patterns already!!!

Again this is another pattern with a few options and is a great summer tee.

I made a v neck full tee for my tester and was my first time making a v neck. The instructions really assisted me and I only made it slightly wonky.

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You have the option of a rounded neck if you prefer despite being called the v tee. You also have the option for long sleeves and a funky asymmetrical section.

GOOD POINTS

  • Great size options meaning I can make same styles for both boys.
  • Few options to make this worth while buying with 2 neck styles, 2 sleeve lengths and a funky blocking option too which you can extend to the sleeves.
  • Easy to follow photo instructions.
  • Unlike most of MBJM’s patterns this one has the neck band pattern piece included
  • Great for fabric panels or using small amounts of expensive fabric. It’s also great for those fabrics you don’t want a whole outfit made from but want to show off anyway.

BAD POINTS

  • Although you get some great options this is basically the same pieces size wise and shape as the eclipse tee which I own.
  • If I was buying I would have preferred the option of having the v neck and blocking added on to existing patterns (such as the eclipse and pick and mix) for extra instead of full price of a different pattern that is only slightly different to at least 2 others. Saying that I wouldn’t say it should put you off as it’s a great pattern on its own and I do use it separately to the eclipse.

I made a plain normal t-shirt and it looks so nice. Well received also! This time I turned the hem to the outside and top stitched it in place for a slightly different look. I got the v part spot on this time which is a relief.

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Using the colour block option is super easy just remember to cut ONE back AND ONE front not 2 fronts like I did!

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MBJM Harem Pants and shorts

Please note I chose to review this pattern after ‘purchasing’ it and using it for my own use. This was not asked of me.

MBJM again!!! I know I know you think I’m boring or much be being commissioned to write these reviews but honestly I’ve yet to find a pattern designer I can use the pattern straight away without mega adjustments or issues. They are so quick and easy too that I find myself buying more and more patterns. Best bit I’ve just one more for you after this…. then I’ll stop I promise… for a bit.

Anyway I came to this pattern after trying out the Domi Joggers. I couldn’t face using it again and seeing post after post after post of people making these I thought damn I’m going to need this one too so I did.

I made my biggest 2  pairs of shorts. He’s size 8 in height but size 6 in waist. I tapered by the waist so the size 6 waist band would  fit onto the size 8 pants.. I made the mistake of making size 6 leg cuffs as well don’t so that it’s not needed!

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You can make long version and include a faux pocket. i haven’t done the pocket but looks a great option to make them a little less pj looking.

As I mentioned on the romper pattern the harem style doesn’t mean kids have a huge baggy crotch area. Big calls them wobbly pants (haha). Due to the less baggy nature they are a great easy to wear fit with room but without  extra fabric bunching up.

They fit great and you have the option of cuffless trousers too.

As with the speedy pants you don’t need any elastic as the waistband is sewn to size to keep the outfit up.

Good Points

  • So fast to make
  • Easy to follow
  • Despite being harems they don’t have a huge baggy crotch so are a great fit
  • Size options are fab for newborn up to age 12!
  • Great fit. I had zero issue getting these to fit first time and look sooooo comfy!

Improvements I’d love

  • As I always moan about I’d love the waistband and leg cuffs as a pattern piece rather than chart
  • A quick section on tapering to size and using multiple sizes would be great as this is a fab beginner pattern but may confuse newbies needing to use multiple size pieces.

If I make again I would be tempted to make the shorts cuffless to give a  looser leg fit and I wouldn’t make mistake of doing the wrong size cuffs either.

As shorts these can be long so you could also do them cuffless for a shorter fit.

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Making a Dreamcatcher

I decided to give making a dreamcatcher a go so I bought a fairly cheap kit to start. The kit came with a ring, leather, string, feathers, beads and instruction sheet.

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To start I had to wrap the leather around the ring. I started by popping on end onto the ring and winding over top of it to secure that end. I found it didn’t quite cover it as thickly as hoped but with a bit of shuffling along it looked presentable.

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Next up I needed to make the centre. This was hard and mine was fairly loose but I like it anyway.

  1. knot  your string near the top of ring.
  2. Please string under the ring
  3. Bring string on a needle over top and through the loop you created
  4. Bring your string under again. Repeat to reach first loop
  5. Create you next loop by working into first loop so you essentially work in a spiral.
  6. Come up under first loop, through it and back through loop you just created and continue.

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I added beads onto second and last row by thread it onto the needle/string before completing my loop. The middle I kind of just sewed together as wasn’t overly clear how to get it gather. I added leather to the bottom at 3 points and one at top by the strong knot.

Next I threaded beads on and knotted feathers on pushing the beads down to over where I tied it.

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Here is my completed dream catcher!! I personally loved this project and love the effect and I’m eager to make more.

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For those interested here is the instructions that came with the kit.
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This is a great kit for older kids and as a gift either as a kit or made up into the item.

My second attempt went much better and a tighter fit on the leather meant I covered my metal ring better.

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