DIY Sock Monsters

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
Kids Craft: DIY Sock MonstersA couple years ago, I threw a monster-themed birthday party for my daughter, whose birthday is on Halloween. As party favors, I made some super-simple monster toys out of colorful socks. Those monsters have made the rounds on Pinterest, and I’ve had several emails from readers asking for me to make sock monsters for their parties! I wish I could make sock monsters for everyone; but I think it’s high time for a tutorial for this great kids craft, DIY sock monsters!

If you don’t have any monster-themed parties in your immediate future, don’t let that hold you back! On my blog today, I’m sharing a way you can make a whole bunch of these buddies for a great cause, so stop by and join in the fun!

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters SuppliesWith a quick raid of your craft stash, and a trip to Target or Michaels, you’ll have everything you need to make a whole pack of monsters. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Colorful socks – look for long ones from the dollar section
  • Assorted felt scraps
  • Wiggly eyes – the sew-on kind
  • Thread – any color
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery floss – any color
  • White felt with an adhesive back
  • Polyfill, or any other filling material

Let’s get to work!

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - step 1First, you’ll need to cut the sock roughly in half. I usually cut right above the heel, so I’ve got a straight line. Save the other half of the sock…usually you can get two monsters out of one sock.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Step 2Next, sew on the eye and embroider a mouth. Don’t be too neat, monsters are not neat and tidy creatures, after all.

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Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Monster topAfter you’ve got your mouth and eye in place, it’s time to add the hair. Cut some scraps of felt to make horns/spikes/hair, etc. Then fold the top of the sock inward about 1/4″, and sandwich the felt scraps in between. Hand-sew along the edge, making sure to get all the felt scraps and and the top of the sock in with each stitch.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Monster ToyFill the body with the polyfill, and tie off the bottom with some embroidery floss. You could also sew along the bottom for more of a square body shape.

Then add the finishing touch: fangs. Cut some small triangles with the adhesive felt and stick them on near the mouth. If you have adhesive felt in other colors, you could add an eye patch, or heart or anything else you want.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Finished MonsterNow that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to get creative! Make boy monsters and girl monsters, add hair or accessories. These guys usually cost about 25¢ – 50¢ each if you can find socks in the dollar section…so make a bunch! And if you get out of control and make too many – you can send these to my friend Julie for her Monster Project, to help brighten the day of kiddos in the hospital.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on self-named blog, Christina Williams.

DIY Felt Letter Pennant

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay.

DIY Felt Pennant

Today I’m posting a little DIY on how to make your own felt letter pennant. This can be such a fun detail in a nursery, and you can express whatever you’d like: “adventure,” “be brave”, “stay wild”, a monogram, anything you can dream up. It’s really simple, and also really inexpensive (always a bonus!). You can use felt sheets for the letters (here is a great source for a gorgeous color selection), but if you want a larger pennant, you will want to get a ½ yard of felt rather than a sheet.

I know it can feel intimidating to freehand cut the letters from the felt, but just go for it. Have some extra felt on hand in case you need to try it a couple of times, but it will look really sweet with a hand-drawn look, so don’t stress about getting the letters perfect!

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Have fun with it, and be creative!  I used the same technique to make the pillows and door hanging in my girls’ shared room, so you can change up the colors and fabric for a completely different look!

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.

Felt Garland Calendar

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My sister Rebecca does cool stuff. Like the time she and her husband set out to lay a wood floor in their living room, they decided on a herringbone pattern instead of, you know, plain old boring straight lines.

All over her house are these great little details that make their home unique and eclectic and theirs. Like the giant grapevine monogram from their wedding that hangs in the dining room, or the blue, faux stained glass doors that open into her office. She does things because they feel right, and because they make sense to her, not because she’s seen it done on Pinterest or because she plans to blog about it later. Her home goes un-photographed, un-pinned, un-blogged. Because none of that is what makes her happy.

BUT … but she has a sister who happens to love blogging andphotographing and pinning. Those things make her sister very happy. And so when I see projects like these, from time to time, it just feels like the world needs to know the coolness that goes on behind closed doors at my big sister’s house.

Just last fall I was in her daughter Beatrice’s room rounding up my own kiddos to go home (they live just a few miles away). I noticed a paper chain hung around the circumference of the room at the ceiling and asked her what it was.

“It’s a calendar!”

I looked closer. Sure enough, here and there I saw chain links marked for holidays or birthdays or school breaks. It wrapped all the way around the room so Beatrice could lay in bed and see the whole year at a glance. Not only was she getting an awesome grasp of time and calendars, but she could see for herself whose birthday was coming next, how long until Christmas, or how the seasons relate to one another.

Pretty darn cool.

And you can bet I wanted one of these for myself! Even beyond a bedroom, it would be awesome in a playroom or a homeschool classroom – or even an actual school classroom!

I wanted to make one for our house, but I wanted it to be more permanent. Why not plan to make our way around that calendar year after year after year?!! Paper was great, but I wondered if felt might last a little longer. I probably could have cut out 365 colored felt circles and stitched them together, but the Land of Nod has such awesome, brilliant colors in their wool felt garland already, I sat right down and got to work assigning colors to months for our playroom!

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Once I had all of my months measured out and cut, it was just as simple as stitching them together in order, leaving a 1/2"-1" stitch chain in between.

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I didn't bother matching the colors (I just used white thread), but now that it's hanging up, I haven't even noticed.

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If your room is a perfect square, you can just plan out three months per wall. Our playroom is much longer than it is wide, so I just sort of winged it, making sure to hang it high above doors and low where it felt happy. I'm sure 3M makes some kind of awesome removable hanging strips that would work perfectly here, but I just used clear push pins and really, no one is the wiser. (These white thumb tacks would work, too!)

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To mark holidays that are the same every year, I cut apart a string of Starry Garland and pinned a star over circles to mark them as special.

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And to mark the birthdays, I ordered a set of Dot Dot Decor circle ornaments and embroidered everyone's names on them. (I'm going to assume that not everyone has an embroidery machine at their disposal, so instead you could do something fun like letting each person decorate their own birthday with puffy paint or an appliqué with their initial or name – kind of a cool opportunity for a creative activity!)

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I know y'all have been seeing a lot of our playroom lately, so I'll spare you a full tour. BUT, here is one little area you haven't seen yet! That laminated map was only about $15 and it has been such a fun tool for talking with our kids about the world! (We have even been known to employ a Nerf dart gun as a tool for geography lessons – those suckers stick great with a direct shot!)

The Naptime Diaries print ("Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances…") is a great and appropriate bit of scripture to have posted in a playroom (or any room where people interact with people!).

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And that is our happy bit of beautiful, educational, festive decor that could no longer go un-shared with the world! Please thank my sister for her brilliance, and only thank me for my excessive use of yellow squiggly arrows :)

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other pretty things you may have seen in this post:

 yarn-wrapped letters / grey pouf / pallina game / birdies canvas print / blue magazine storage 

silver locker bins / toy zebra / yellow throw pillow / kneatly knit storage / "Beware of Ninjas" print 

Eames rocker / toy storage boxes in built-ins / dotty monkey 

xoxo, Raechel

Raechel Myers blogs at Finding My Feet. When she's not elbow deep in her next DIY project, you'll likely find her helping her 6-year-old with his Kindergarten homework or playing babies with her 3-year-old daughter. She lives with her husband in Franklin, TN where they can only hope to train their kiddos to love the Lord and take their dishes to the kitchen sink.

DIY Geometric Heart Pillow

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This fun geometric heart is a miniature version of a giant one I made for Valentine's day.  I took my original inspiration from a classic quilt block, so it only seemed fitting to make the very same quilt block into a pillow.  I used this pillow to pull together the colors in the room – the gold in the gold dot sheets, the grey in the duvet cover and the pink in the walls.

Even if you have never even thought about making a quilt before, this is so easy and totally doable.  All you need to know how to do is cut triangles, sew straight lines and use an iron.

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Here's how I made my pillow front:

 1.  Using a cutting matt and a rotary cutter, you are going to need to cut 72 triangles.  Start by cutting 5" squares and then cut those squares in half diagonally.  You will need 52 grey triangles (I used two tones of grey) and you will need 20 triangles for the heart (I used 7 gold triangles, 7 light pink, and 6 dark pink).

2.  Lay out your pattern exactly how you want the finished product to look like.  Then working in triangle pairs, sew right sides together with a 1/4" seam allowance.

3.  Then, using an iron, press open the seam.  Turn the square over and iron it on the front side as well.

4.  Using scissors, trim the ends off the corners, to make the square perfectly square.

5.  Then working in rows, sew the squares together to make an entire row of the pillow.  And press open the seams each time.

6.  Press on both sides, so that everything lays flat.  Things will be more likely to line up if everything is  pressed well.

7.  Now sew the rows together and press the seams flat (again).

8.  Ta-da!  What a beautiful thing simple triangles can make.

I backed this pillow with solid grey fabric.  I put in a hidden zipper along the bottom edge.  But, you could easily just top stitch it closed with the same colored thread.

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I've had a lot of fun with triangles and geometric shapes lately.  I made this green, mint and gold geometric pillow recently as well.  It is much more random pattern, but can you see how much fun sewing triangles can been?

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Post by: Jeran Oleander and Palm