Crafting with Kids category

  • Road to the State Fair ’16: Finally Done!

    I’ve done it, I have finally finished these friggin’ mittens for the Minnesota State Fair (with days to spare to submit them). Don’t get me wrong, I love the pattern I came up with,...
    Jul 28, 2016 14 Comments

  • Project: Poodle Skirt

    The girls of the Stitch Lab were asked to help make some poodle skirts for a 50’s musical performance at school. Of course we jumped on the chance. We had one as a “master” and we j...
    Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

  • Project: American Girl Doll Mermaid Tail Snugglie

    My daughter got an American Girl Doll (equivalent) for her birthday. She is LOVING it. One of the most popular things in our house (and, on the blog) is her mermaid tail snugglie. So I thought I shou...
    Jan 26, 2016 No Comments

  • Teaching Kids to Sew

    I have an AMAZING job. I teach sewing as an elective at the middle school. The kids in class are 10 – 13 years old. I have refined my teaching style and my delivery to match my audience. While m...
    Dec 15, 2015 1 Comment

  • Project: Dog Collar Bandana

    Here is a great sewing project for you or a gift to the dog lovers in your life. It’s quick, easy, neat, washable, and uses scrap fabric! How great is that? Here is a bandana for your dog, but ...
    Dec 10, 2015 No Comments

  • Project: Fall Leaf Votive Mason Jar

    This post is part of a series of six “Crafty Kids” classes that I am teaching after school at the elementary school. I have projects that can be done in one hour by 1st-4th graders (5 R...
    Nov 03, 2015 No Comments

  • Perspective in Creation

    I am working on some fairy wings for Halloween. I would love to make a sturdy, large, light, etherial pair of wings. I have these exact specs in my mind’s eye. “They have to look exactly T...
    Oct 08, 2015 No Comments

  • Painting Pottery

    We walked by the paint your own pottery shop one day and ended up inside. It was a magical spontaneous afternoon activity. My girl stuck with it for a REALLY long time, so that made the cost of ̶...
    May 19, 2015 5 Comments

  • Knitting Manners

    We started Knit Club at school. Off they went into the world, with their knitting. My heart was full. The next day (the VERY next day) they each came running back in to show me their knitting. It was...
    May 07, 2015 9 Comments

  • Introducing Knit Club!

    I launched a Knit Club at school. Holy Smokes! I tried offering knitting as an elective, but alas, Stitch Lab was so popular that the time slot could not be unseated for knitting. (Believe me, that i...
    Apr 21, 2015 4 Comments