New Arrival: The Simply Simple Sheep

Simply Simple Sheep Sewing Pattern

  A family of fluffy sheep has just joined the Muumade clan! The Simply Simple Sheep sewing pattern & tutorial is now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com. For more images of these woolly creatures (including a stop motion video of the Simply Simple Mother Sheep being philosophical), please visit my blog page. Muu

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Writing and Drawing on Felt

Writing and Drawing on Felt

  Writing and drawing on felt might seem a bit tricky because of its fuzzy surface.  But, it is actually not hard at all when you use permanent markers or fabric markers!  I used the former (Sharpies) for this post, but I’ve read that fabric markers also work well, and they seem to be better […]

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Bright Star Ornament

DIY Bright Star Ornament

  Making this bright star ornament is a fun family activity for the holidays.  For this project, yo will need: 1 styrofoam ball, with a diameter of 6 cm (2 1/2″); 60 or more tooth picks; 1 skewer that is long enough to make a hole all the way through the ball; Thin clear plastic […]

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Flat Needle Felting

Flat needle felting - needle felted white flower on pale orange felt

  Flat needle felting is a very easy way to create 2D designs on textiles. My daughter created the above flower design on wool felt, and then framed it with an old embroidery hoop! Above is a wool sweater that I shrank (by mistake!).  But, since it fit my daughter in its new size, we […]

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Seashell Choker Necklace

How to make a seashell choker necklace

  Summer vacations at the beach provide a great opportunity to collect seashells.  Then, once back home, you can make beautiful crafts with them.  This year, we made seashell choker necklaces and earrings from the treasures we found while on vacation. We decided to use some small seashells with holes to make our shell jewelry.  […]

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Fun with Calligraphy

Fun with Calligraphy - calligraphy letters in black and red

  We had some fun experimenting with calligraphy the other day.  It is a refreshing way to appreciate the art of handwriting, which unfortunately, we do less and less nowadays. Writing with dip pens (a dip pen is basically a fountain pen that does not have a reservoir for the ink) was not easy, but it […]

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