Another fond memory I have was entering our homemade crafts into small town county fairs. One year I proudly displayed 3 ribbons from a walking stick I had whittled with a carving knife and another ribbon for a portrait I drew of a man's face.
I am so grateful for those memories and experiences. I learned how to use the creativity God gave me to take a few raw materials and create something new and wonderful! I really want my children to grow up with similar experiences. Sewing, building, drawing, sculpting, painting, and creativity with crafts are such a great activities to do as a family and these are wonderful tools for teaching our children about their Creator who is the ultimate artist!
With all that in mind, and with the prodding of my husband, I decided to post about a weekly (or whenever I get around to posting it) craft.
I'll try to make them do-it-yourself posts, but I'm really bad about taking pictures and even worse - way worse - about following any kind of pattern, so I'm usually just winging it as I go. I usually just get an idea in my head or see something somewhere and decide that I can make it cheaper.
Just an FYI about me and crafts:
-I am not an expert.
-I hate following directions, patterns, etc.
-I usually wing things and fix it along the way. AKA very little measuring, ironing, or pinning done.
-I am not a perfectionist when I make things for myself/my family so I cut corners.
-I usually don't do things the right way, but stick to what I know and what works for me.
So if you are a perfectionist when it comes to following rules, directions, patterns then you will probably hate these posts. Sorry about that.
Even if it's not quite a tutorial I'll try to write a little blurb about how I made it and how it can be easily replicated. I try to stick with crafts that I can make during a nap or two, so they'll be fairly quick and easy to make.
So on that note, I'll start with the first craft.
Knotty Baby Hats
So easy. So cute. I thought it was ridiculous to spend $5-15 on a baby hat that could be whipped up in 3 minutes, so here's my version for you all.
What you'll need:
-Jersey knit fabric (or an old T-shirt)
-Preferably a walking foot pedal for your sewing machine, but can be done without one
What I did:
Honestly, I just guesstimated the size of Declan's head, cut some fabric and sewed it up. Of course, it was too big so I had to fix it.
Is there a better way to do it? Yes.
Take a baby hat that you know fits your baby to use as a template (I didn't have one so I had to make a smaller one to use as a template). Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, making sure the stretch is going horizontally.
Lay your baby hat on top and cut around it but, adding about 3 inches in length to the sides, and add an additional little tuft on the top for the knot (see picture). I make my tuft about 2 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches tall.
|Here's what it will look like after sewing around the edges.|
|Make sure to line up the seams.|
|Pin it in place so it doesn't move too much when sewing.|
|Use a zig zag stitch to finish off the brim.|
(This is what it looked like on the outside after I flipped it right side out).
Put on baby and kiss his or her cute cheeks!
|Of course Em wanted to join in on the fun too!|