My daughter’s dolly needed a warm place to sleep, so we went to our scrap fabric drawer and pulled out a scrap of fleece with a fun pattern larger enough to fit the doll. We placed Anna (the doll’s name) on the fabric and sized it to her.
You can see below that we folded the fabric to create a bag on the bottom for the doll to sleep in and into a space for a pillow on the top.
Now make sure that the fabric is inside out and all the edges are straight with the openings folded over approximately 1/4 inch. Now it’s time to dig out the sewing machine. (I don’t have much of a sewing machine, but it gets the job done. It’s a Shark Mini Sewing Machine and they cost around $20.) Sew each side of the sleeping bag two times for a little extra stregth.
Next I used fabric glue to glue the lip down.
We then flipped the sleeping bag right side out and commenced to stuff the pillow area with some excess fabric in order to make a fluffier pillow.
Finally we glued the seams of the pillow area together the same way that we glued the lip on the other side and the dolly had a warm place to sleep.
Even a kids toolbox is not complete without a good saw. For filling out that toddler toolbox you can download our pattern and cut one on yourself.
This toy saw can be made from a scrap of 1/4″ plywood or any other 1/4″ thick material you choose. It consists of three pieces easily cut on a scroll saw. Click here or on the picture below to downoad a free pdf of the pattern with instructions and then you can follow along with the pictures below to see how I made mine.
You can see in the picture below I cut the three parts of the saw from an 8″ X 10″ piece of scrap 1/4″ plywood.
I then glued and clamped the boards together. I used Gorilla Wood glue, but any polyurethane wood glue should work fine. Make sure to remember to use a piece of scrap material under the clamps as to not dent the wood.
Finally I hand sanded the saw to 220 grit. You can finish the saw with the child safe finish of your choice or you can leave the toy unfinished.
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For Christmas this year I am building my daughter a high chair for her dolls. I just finished the design and am putting the plans I created out right away. The plans are free to download click here to download a pdf of the doll high chair plans or click on the picture of the print below.
Pretend play is great for the imagination of both kids and parents. If you would like to join in on the creativity of play food feel free to download our template to cut a piece of toast from a piece of scrap lumber.
Print out the pattern (feel free to scale it to the size you believe best) and attach it to your piece of scrap wood. There are many ways that you can attach it to the wood such as with double face tape, spray adhesive, carbon paper or iron on transfer paper.
Below is the piece of toast I cut using the scroll saw pattern.
Looking for a holiday craft to do with your kids? This easy to make snowman pillow is a fun project that doubles as a festive holiday decoration. Plus it will be a great place to rest your head if you start to experience holiday fatigue.
Many of our readers likely have seen or made a fleece blanket with the frayed ends tied together. In this project, justbuildstuff.com is going to use a similar process to make a pillow from fleece with a snowman print.
To build this project we used the following-
- 2/3 yard of fleece
- 1- 14 inch pillow
- tape measure
To begin, we took the 2/3 yard piece of fleece (it should measure 24″ by 36″) and cut it into two 24″ squares. These two pieces of fleece will be used to cover a 14” square pillow purchased from a local fabric store. After the two 24” squares of fleece were cut, we snipped a five” square from each of the four corners of the fabric so that the center measured a 14” square (the same as the pillow). This is shown in the photo below.
Then we cut each side into 3/4 ” wide strips as shown in the photo below.
When the edges were cut, we faced the best side of each piece of fleece outward, placed them on top of each other, and begin tying the 3/4″ strips together with square knots. When three sides were tied, it was time to stuff in the pillow as shown below.
After the pillow was inserted, we tied the final side. It was simple, fun, and it looks great.