How to sew a Mr Men Costume

Book Week is a big thing in Australia.  Each year, schools and public libraries spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators, supported by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Lots of schools have a dress-up day and parade for the kids. My school hasn’t for the last few years (such a disappointment […]

22 Gorgeous Dolls to knit, sew or crochet

Christmas is right around the corner, but I’ve still got time to make a present or two. With two small nieces and a girl of my own, a handmade doll or two are sure to be a winner. There are so many cute patterns for dolls to knit, sew or crochet. Today I’m sharing the […]

How to sew a Toy Blood Pressure Cuff

Last week I showed you my felt medical kit, but I felt there was something missing from the kit. Just about every time I go to the doctor’s, I have my blood pressure taken. A toy blood pressure cuff was definitely needed. I sized it so that the strap would fit around my arm as […]

Felt Doctor’s Kit

It’s more than a month since my daughter’s birthday and I still haven’t shared with you all the presents I made. Next up was an addition to the dress-ups/pretend play box: A felt doctor’s bag. And here’s what’s inside: There was also a light reflector for the doctor’s head, but I have no idea what […]

Elsa Rag Doll

I swear this is my last Frozen post for a while (forever?). We’ve finished with the party and now we’re on to the presents. I’ve wanted to make a rag doll for my daughter for a while and bought the e-book My Rag Doll for inspiration. I was going to make the Ballerina doll, but […]

The Ultimate Guide to Lego Storage

Lego is one of those toys that everyone loves. You remember the fun you had as a kid, building all sorts of things and you want to share that fun with your children. You start out with one of two sets, maybe you keep them separately in their original boxes or another storage container. Then […]

Baby Boy Gift Set

I previously shared a tutorial for how to sew a baby bib with a pocket, which I made for my nephew. A baby bib wasn’t a good enough gift though, so today I’m sharing the other presents I made for this baby boy. I ended up making two bibs, one with train fabric leftover from […]

Frozen-inspired Elsa Costume {Tutorial}

I promised Celeste I’d sew her an Elsa costume (and boy, did she nag me until I got it done!). So here it is: Kids costumes are often difficult for kids to put on by themselves. Being the lazy parent that I am, I went with a shirred back for the dress (similar to my […]

35+ Disney Frozen Crafts

Disney’s Frozen has to be the best princess movie. The storyline, the songs, Olaf, the relationship between Anna and Elsa, everything about it is wonderful. It’s one of those movies that I can watch over and over again (I wish I had the time!). And of course, the movie also inspires me to craft. I […]

How to Sew a Doll’s Mattress

It’s been a little while since I shared the bedding set I made for my daughter’s doll cot. Now it’s time for the tutorials for each part, starting with the little mattress. I used a foam cushion insert, cut down to size, and a plain pink quilter’s cotton. I made bias tape from some of […]

How to Sew a Stuffed Snail {Tutorial}

Funny how fast a year goes. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was making a simple skirt and magnetic paper dolls for one of Celeste’s friend’s birthday. Suddenly it’s time to make her another birthday present. This year, the theme of her party was snails (and her Mum did an amazing job with […]

Peppa Pig Puppet Show {Tutorial}

Did the Easter Bunny make it to your house? Are your kids’ faces covered in chocolate? Did you careful peel the wrappers off the Easter eggs, smooth them out and save them for a craft activity? I hope so because I’ve got a fun craft today. It’s a version of the Easter egg foil art […]

Bobble Easter Bunny

Happy Easter! I hope you’re enjoying time with your family. Today, I’m sharing how to make a Bobble Easter Bunny at And Sew We Craft: Click here for the Bobble Easter Bunny tutorial.

Doll’s Cradle Bedding Set

When I was little , my grandfather made this wooden doll’s cradle: His hobby in retirement was making wooden toys for charity. We were encouraged to donate the toys he made us when we grew out of them (which is a shame because he made the best rocking elephants!). My brother kept a large truck […]

Make It Amazing Handbag Tutorial

I love trying new craft products, so you can imagine my excitement when this box of goodies arrived at my door: Scotch® Australia and New Zealand are hosting the Make It Amazing competition (with a chance to win an iPad Mini by creating with Scotch® Expressions Tape). The pack I received was very girly – […]

Angelina Ballerina Costume

After the Peppa Pig T-shirt for Day 1 of Kids Clothes Week, my next project was something Celeste has been asking for for months: an Angelina Ballerina Costume. It’s still missing a few details – the flower on the waistband and big pink bow in the hair. I have a very observant (and demanding) little […]

How to Sew a Full Tutu Skirt Tutorial

Celeste sometimes refuses to answer to her name, claiming she’s Angelina Ballerina (and can get quite angry if we don’t call her that). So it’s taken me a ridiculously long time to make our little ballerina her first tutu. It’s one of those projects I don’t know why I put off. They are so easy […]

Baby Shower Gift: Flat Teddy Tutorial and Pattern

Abby from Things for Boys is due to have baby number 2 soon, and Laura from Craftstorming had the great idea to throw a virtual baby shower. And today’s the big day (hopefully my gift arrived in time!). When I first got the email from Laura, I knew exactly what I was going to make: […]

More Travel Art Kits

After the success of the travel art kits I made for my kids (Jacob’s here with the tutorial and Celeste’s here), I thought they’d make great Christmas gifts for my two nieces (who are five months younger than my two). Searching through my stash, I found Happy Flowers in Blue from the Birdie range by […]

Magnetic Paper Dolls Tutorial

Did you play with paper dolls when you were a kid? I remember having a set and loved changing her clothes. Until the little tabs ripped (or the dolls for that matter). Here’s a modern version that’s not so delicate: They’re made with magnetic paper, so it’s as simple as finding something they’ll stick to […]

Peaches and Cream Barbie

Today, I’m over at The Train to Crazy as part of the Handmade Costumes series. Last year, I made the Gigglemobile for my son (and both my kids still love it, although it desperately needs some panel-beating!). This year, it’s time for a costume for my little girl, and what’s more girly than Barbie – […]

Colouring on the Go

A couple of days before heading off on our last holiday, I started thinking about activities to keep the kids occupied – on the plane, at restaurants and during other quiet times. When I was getting some toys together, I remembered Little Man’s travel drawing kit – we haven’t taken the kids to restaurants very […]

Sweet Mermaiden

The mermaiden pattern has been on my list of projects since the book Wee Wonderfuls was released. After making the felt cake for my niece, I had to sew something for her baby sister too. Mermaiden looked like a fun and easy sewing project. I used wool blanketing fabric for her hair (which I’d bought […]

Pretty Pink Felt Cake

The next Christmas present I have to show you is a Pretty Pink Felt Cake made for my 2 year old niece. It’s from the book Big Little Felt Universe, that has the cutest felt toy patterns (and something for everyone). I’m not a big fan of hand-sewing, and there was no way around it […]