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Crafting With the Kids

So what's a mom to do when it's pouring outside, the kids are bored and the middle one needs some distraction from the pain of a recently broken arm? Certainly not fold the four loads of laundry piled in the dining room, start preparing for the big trip coming up next week, or catch up on some the sleep lost during the late night surgery and hospital stay. Nope, you do your best to forget all that and come up with something to keep them entertained, or at least not actively whiny. Today we made softies, which I had been promising we would do for months.

The idea came from "Sewing School" by Andria Lisle- one of Anna's absolute favorites. I pulled out the fabric markers and white fabric I bought ages ago with this in mind. The girls planned, designed, traced and colored their dolls. Sam told me he wanted a monkey so traced a clip art one and he colored it.

The book gives instructions for hand-sewing the pieces together. I didn't think Ellery could handle that with her splint so I just machine sewed them quickly. The kids stuffed them and I whip-stitched them closed. It really was a quick and easy project and the kids absolutely adore them. They're already planning what they want their next softies to be.

In other crafty news, I finished up my 80th Sawtooth Star block late Saturday night. I immediately did a happy dance.

I also immediately sewed together the first four blocks, even though I'm supposed to setting them aside to focus on some deadlined crafting.

I just couldn't resist seeing them together. Aren't they pretty? They're hanging on my design wall, hassling me to hurry up and finish the other projects so I can get back to work on them. Also hassling me?

This little thread catcher stuffed full of all the teeny-tiny little half square triangle bonus blocks from the 80 blocks. That's 640 tiny little half square triangles just waiting to be made into something amazing. I just have to figure out what that could be. Any ideas?


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