DYI Tick Tack Toe Board

My kids are at the age where they love tick tack toe and other similar games.  I thought it would be nice to make a tick tack toe board for them to use when out and about.  I was thinking of making some for younger kids, so I wanted to have the playing pieces about 1 1/2 inches big.  I also wanted the front and back to be opposite fabric, both being fun looking for the kids.

It’s a pretty easy project!  You need two different pieces of fabric, one with a pattern and another solid color that matches the pattern.


First I cut three (3) 2 1/2 inche strips from both the pattern fabric and the solid fabric.  Then cut two (2) 1 inch strips from both the pattern and solid fabric.  

Take one piece of 2 1/2 inch pattern fabric and sew the 1 inch strip to the fabric.  Sew another 2 1/2 inch pattern fabric and 1 inch strip together.  Iron both flat and sew the two pieces together matching the pattern to the solid fabric.  Finally sew the last 2 1/2 inch pattern strip along the 1 inch solid strip.  You will want to do the same with the other solid 2 1/2 inch strips and pattern 1 inch strips.  Make sure to iron between steps.

How that you have a long strip of board pieces cut them 2 1/2, make sure to cut 3 pieces per tick tack toe board you are making (per side).

Cut two strips 1 inch wide that are the length of each piece, this should be about 7 3/4.  Sew the two strips between the three pieces similar to the first step above.  Make sure to iron between steps, and once the board is finished press it really good!  Take your front and back pieces and place them with the nice fabric on the inside.  You may want to trim any fabric that does not line up nicely.  Sew along each side leaving about an inch or two to flip it right side out.  Turn it right side out and use a chopstick to shape the corners.

Iron after turning right side out and be sure to iron the opening you used to turn it right side out so it’s easy to close it up when sewing along the edge.  Sew around edge and it’s done!

I purchased some large buttons from Amazon that worked really well for playing pieces!  They are all cute, fun and most important everything is washable!

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Quilted Magnet 

I was having fun searching the DYI section of Pinterest and I found this cute quilted magnet.  I knew it would be a perfect use for some magnetic name tag pieces I found. If you don’t have strong magnet you may want to skip the batting.  I figured it would be a nice quick little project, so that’s how I started my afternoon.   

 I made two, for both I started by sewing some scraps together. 

 For the first one I cut 4 strips, two slightly larger than the other (next time I’ll make them the same size).  After cutting I sewed the pieces together.     

Finally I cut them to size, I think 3×3 squares are perfect!  I cut a black backing 3×3 and placed the front and back on a piece of scrap batting.  Leave a small gap between the two than quilt the two pieces.  Cut around the sides to remove any extra batting, don’t cut between the two pieces. Fold in half than sew around leaving a gap to turn inside out.  Turn inside out, this is yet another great use for a chopstick.   

 Iron well, making sure the open end is folded in good. Place the magnet inside and see around all 4 sides, depending on how big the magnet is, you may need to re-adjust the magnet on each side. 

I love how they turned out and it’s a great way to use up some scraps. 

Notebook cover with Colored Pencils

Back to school is a great time to pick up supplies to make notebook covers that also have a spot for colored pencils. This was yet another just sew project, it was also a bit rushed so I didn’t do a good job making the pattern, if this turns out as well as I expect I’m sure I will have another post that fills in the gaps.

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Water Bottle Dog Toy

This summer marks a first for us as we expanded our family. You guessed it, we got a dog!  As we bought the basics I looked at the different toys, specifically stuffed animals as our new pup seems to live them. I thought it was interesting that some had a water bottle in them, so before spending too much on so many toys I decided to try and make one.

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This project was very easy-to-sew and took about 5-10 minutes. Find sturdy fabric, scrap batting (optional), and a cleaned out water bottle. Sew the legs and arms, then stuff them. Take two rectangles that are a few inches wider and several taller, sew batting onto them. The batting is optional but will give it a nice full look. Sew the two sides and bottom with the legs stinking inside, leave the top open. Turn it inside out, add the water bottle, fold the fabric down on the top then sew the top together. More

Grass Pets

What’s more fun than playing with dirt, water, and a fast growing plant you can cut often?  The hot topic of my kids at the moment are their new grass pets. The idea started with Pinterest (of course!) and a Cub Scout activity. The original idea used at Cub Scouts included a pantyhose sock, adding grass, seeds, and fleeing on a face. After a few days it became exhausting watering them twice a day, do I knew a modification was necessary as both kids loved the Grass Man!

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Materials needed:

  1. 2 letter bottle (or other container)
  2. Scissors (to cut the bottle)
  3. Duct tape (for the cut edges)
  4. Paint and other things to decorate the container
  5. Grass seed (I found a 1 lb bag for $3 at Walmart, that’s more than enough!)
  6. Water and container easy for the kids to poor the water out of (like a measuring cup)
  7. Dirt

Suggested prep work before kids start to help (some kids could do some of the prep work, use your best judgment)

  1. Take an empty 2-leter or other container and rinse It out, then cut the bottom part off.
  2. Use duct tape to cover the edges, I did this to make sure the kids didn’t accidentally cut themselves when playing with it.
  3. I wanted to give my kids a fresh canvas to paint, so I painted each one a base color, one white, one green and one pink.

Kids of just about any age can help with this part

  1.  Paint any design on the container, or if you prefer decorate it in any way. My kids love things that glow in the dark, so we added some glow in the dark paint.
  2. Once the paint is dry (I made a 2-day event out of this), I had the kids fill the containers with dirt. We used a measuring cup to scoop out the dirt.
  3. After the container was full with dirt I used a liquid measuring cup to let them add water and mix the eater into the dirt.
  4. Make sure to have them flatten out the dirt, then add grass seed. I put some grass seed in a plastic container for them to sprinkle or dump on.
  5. At this point I added some wet dirt on top.  I should suggest not to, after a few days the grass was pushing the layer of dirt off and I ended up pealing it off. I wash I took a picture, but at the time I didn’t think about it.

Now all you have to do is watch and water!  The kids and I enjoyed looking at how much they grew each day and compare the two. We ended up watering them every two to three days. After about a week it was long enough to cut the grass if we wanted to (we may try that tomorrow, exactly one week after planting the grass).

Here are a few pitchers of the first day, third day (when we took the layer of dirt off) and fifth day.

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Bean bags

A friend of mine asked about making bean bags, so when my youngest was invited to her first non-family birthday party I thought some homemade bean bags was in order. 

What you need:

  1. About a fat Quarter of fabric
  2. Rice, beans, or something to fell the bags with
  3. Thread to match the fabric (some hand stitching was in order)
  4. Funnel or paper to make a funnel

I made three sizes because I wasn’t sure what was the best size. I cut 6 inch squares, 4 1/2 inch squares, and 3 inch squares. The 4 1/2 seamed to be the Perferct size. 

Start by cutting your squares. I found the smaller sizes cutting the 3 inch squares was best so I could get the pattern to fit the best. For the larger sizes I cut a rectangle 6×12 and 4 1/2×9. 

Put the pieces inside out and stitch around, leaving about an inch. Then turn the pieces inside out and if necessary use a chopstick to push the corners out. Normally this is where I would iron, but I didn’t think that was necessary for this project.  Then I used a funnel to fill with rice. I tried to sew it closed using the machine, although I liked my bags a bit full. For all the bags shown below I used a total of about 2.5 bags. Hand stitch and you are good to go!

 

I had fun warping this gift, no tape necessary!  My kids liked the bean bags so much that I made them their own set, and I’ll be making another Thomas batch for a friend.   

  

Confetti Bowls

  This Easter break we tried a few different projects with the kids. This was a fun and messy project, but I don’t plan on trying this again. I saw several different methods of these confetti bowls, I would suggest using a clear glue like Modge Podge. I started out making paper mâché with one part water, one part flower, and salt. Doing layers of confetti was going to take forever as you needed to let it dry in between layers. I wanted a quick project so I started out with some confetti spread on the first layer, then I added some of the holly paper.  I put a layer of paper mâché, and placed a few more layers of the holly paper. Once it looked like a good thickness I sprinkled the confetti on top and let dry.

I made the confetti with a hole punch, it took about two sheets of paper to make one. If I did this another time I would use larger confetti and different shapes. 

 

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