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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New Arrival: Lucky Ladybug Finger Puppet

Lucky Ladybug Finger Puppet on a wooden mannequin

  I am happy to announce a new finger puppet & felt ornament from Muumade: The Lucky Ladybug! The Lucky Ladybug sewing pattern contains a tutorial for a beginner friendly hand-sewing project.  It is now available from my online Etsy shop: muumade.etsy.com Visit The Lucky Ladybug’s blog page for more cute photos and information. I […]

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Making Cards with Tissue Paper Scrunchies

Making Cards with Tissue Paper Scrunches - pale pink dress card

  Making cards with tissue paper scrunchies is fun and easy.  This idea involves making small balls or wads from pieces of tissue paper and gluing them onto a card in whatever way you like. Below, I will describe how I made a card decorated with tissue paper scrunchies.  But, you can use tissue paper […]

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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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Decorating Shirts with Your own Appliques

Decorating shirts with your own appliques - a finished T-shirt with a flower applique

  Decorating shirts with your own appliques is a great way to transform boring plain shirts into one-of-a-kind outfits!  This is a fun project for children, as well as for adults.  Then when finished, you can wear your creations!  If the children are old enough to use an iron and sew with a sewing machine, […]

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Needle Felted Food

needle felted food - hamburger

  Do your children enjoy make-believe picnics and dinner parties with their toy friends?  Needle felting is an easy way to fill such special occasions with lots of homemade (or rather, “handmade”) food. Needle felted food can be made into whatever shapes and sizes that match your child’s play friends. If you are not familiar […]

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Redecorating Hair Clips

Redecorated hair clips with felt and fabric

  Redecorating hair clips is a simple and fun sewing project for children and grownups alike.   If you have hair clips with chipped paint or broken decorations, this is a great way to renew them.  In addition, the fact that the finished barrettes are wearable is a big motivational factor for young crafters! As […]

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Moldable Plastic for Crafting and Fixing

A flower and buttons made from moldable plastic

  Moldable plastic is great for crafting and fixing all sorts of things.  It is a kind of polyester with a low melting point (about 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit).  This means that it becomes soft after heating it just a bit and then can be molded by hand into almost any desired […]

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