Has this ever happened to you…You find something quite cute and perfectly priced for the Little Ones in your life, but it only comes in one color/style, and you know the kids will enjoy being able to tell theirs apart? Well, I was in Target the other day and I stumbled across these plush little guys…
Quite a good price, in my book! Baby O grabbed one out of my hands and proceeded to lavish it with squeezes and a few slimy “puckers”. Seeing as how we do love dinosaurs in this household, I figured I would get one for her Easter basket…perfect! But, wait…her two boy cousins would like one too! I searched for a different color or variety of dinosaur but, at least at this Target, there were only three lonely green ones. So, I scooped them all up, figuring I could do something cute to personalize them.
Yesterday, while Baby O was watching “Yo Gabba Gabba” (kind of an interesting show…I actually had a dream that I was on it last night, and I had to teach kids how to line dance! I was using a terrible fake country accent in my dream…but, that’s off topic)…I got out my little box of fabric scraps and found this thin (1/8″ thick elastic as well). Perfect for making little bow-ties for the Dinosaurs! I had some 4″ square pieces, so I started with those. I ended up cutting them in half, so they were 2″ x 4″ (See Figure 1 below). I used pinking shears to zig zag the edges (since I wasn’t in the mood to whip out the sewing machine for this one).
Figure 2: I basically pinched the fabric together in the middle and made a few stitches with white thread. Figure 3: I sewed 3 rings of elastic, made to fit the dino’s necks perfectly. A few little stitches was all it took. I made a few more stitches to secure the bow to the elastic and then used the thin strip of fabric (seen in figure 2) to wrap around the center for a completed look. I just attached that with a drop of fabric glue in the back.
All in all, it took about 30 minutes, or one episode of Tony Hawk showing kids how to skate board, while Baby O bounced up and down with excitement.
Meet the cute little Dino Family…
Okay, so the green tie matched a little too well – it almost blends in, but that’s okay! Also, I ended up making O’s dinosaur wear the bow on her head, though Baby O can always change that later…I’m quite sure she will!
What are you up to this week? I would love to hear about any simple crafty projects you’ve done, particularly for the kids or home. You can always leave a link to them in the comments section.
And thank you for all of the sweet emails and comments about the “Birth Photography” post on Monday. They really made me smile! I hope you’re getting ready for a great, relaxing weekend! XOXO