DIY Father’s Day Gift – Felt Catchall

Post by Rebecca of Not So SAHM

DIY Father’s Day Kids Craft - Felt Catchall

By some stroke of luck, both of our kids learned to sew at school this year. Now I’m into lots of different arts and crafts, but sewing just isn’t my jam. So of course they both decided they wanted to sew their dad a present for Father’s Day. I racked my brain to think of something simple that was also useful and (*lightbulb!*) I came up with the idea to make Dad DIY felt catchalls. He really needed several containers to hold the daily contents of his pockets and I wanted something that wasn’t going to scratch all our new furniture. So these were perfect! I think he’s going to love them (and his new-found ability to rapidly find his wallet, keys, and security badge in the morning).

DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall

To make our DIY Father’s Day Gift – Felt Catchall, you’ll need:

  • 2 sheets of colored felt (we used 9″ X 11″ sheets from a craft store and cut them into 9″ squares)
  • 1/8 circle hole punch
  • Colored embroidery thread and a needle
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Scissors

And here’s how you make it:

  1. Cut your felt sheets into a square. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  2. Using your ruler, draw marks onto the corners of your felt where you are going to hole punch (I did this prep work and the kids jumped in at the sewing stage). You’ll need to gather the corners of your felt in two spots, so you will be marking for four holes:- 2 holes, each 1.5″ from the corner of the felt and 0.6″ from the edge- 2 holes, each 1.5″ from the corner of the felt and 1.25″ from the edgeDIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  3. Use the punch to make each hole as marked. I did this on one corner and then folded the felt in half and marked the opposite corner. Then repeated for the remaining two corners. You’ll be able to mark all four corners, but only have to measure once. Punch the remaining holes. Lay punched felt on top of second piece of felt. Using the holes as guides, mark where you’ll need to punch on the second piece. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall                                                  (folding to mark the same spot on the opposite corner)DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall

  4. Thread your needle. Gather one corner and sew through the closest two hole punches several times. Tie the ends into a small knot and clip. Repeat for the two holes closest to the felt’s edge, looping the embroidery thread over the top as you sew. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt CatchallDIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  5. After you’ve done one corner completely, show your kiddos and help them do remaining three corners. Voila!

We’re wrapping our felt catchalls in The Land of Nod’s fabulous suitcases — the best reusable gift wrapping for this delicate present!

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are thinking of ways to create handmade pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind for all the dads out there. Like this geometric walnut clock, which is just one of those ‘timeless’ gifts that last year after year. (Did you catch that?!)

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Materials

  • Walnut Plywood
  • Oak block
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sand Paper
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Clock Works

Directions

  1. Cut a block of wood or buy from a craft store. Setting your table saw blade to a height of half the thickness of your board, cut a kerf down the center of the block. It might take a couple passes until you reach the thickness of your clock face. Sand, wipe clean and set aside.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  2. Use a 1/4″ plywood and cut to shape and size you want for the clock face. Sand, wipe clean.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  3. Drill  a hole in the center of your clock face where you want the clock works to go.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  4. Spray the stand and clock face with clear acrylic spray and allow to dry in between coats.
  5. You may choose to spray paint your clock works (we chose black). Place the clock works onto the clock face according to package directions.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  6. Place your clock face into the block stand and enjoy!

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

I love the minimalist look with this clock. It’s also a sculptural piece that adds a nice touch to any shelf or desktop – don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time finding things for the men in my life because they either have more than they need and never hint at anything which would make things so much easier!! But this clock Father’s Day DIY gift is truly sentimental, based solely on the fact that we took some time to make it by hand for a very special guy. And I think he is going to love it!

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.

Croque Madam – Father’s Day Breakfast

At Nod, we believe your home should be a celebration of family. We'll be featuring our Managing Director, Michelle, at home celebrating her own family with recipes, crafts and décor created by our friend Sweet Paul

The first time I had a croque madam I was hooked.  It was on a trip to France with my parents when I was a boy.  From the description on the menu it sounded like a very simple ham sandwich to me, but when a gooey and cheesy golden brown sandwich topped with an egg appeared before me, I melted.  It’s been my FAVORITE sandwich ever since!

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Serves 4

You will need:

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 tablespoon plain flour

1 cup warm milk

salt and pepper

8 thick slices of good bread

8 slices ham

4 oz grated gruyere cheese

4 fried eggs, sunny side up

1.Melt the butter in a small pan and add the flour. 2.Stir for about a minute, don't let it go dark. 3.Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring until you have a smooth sauce. If it's to thick, just add some more milk. 4.Season with salt and pepper. 5.Heat oven to 400F. 6.Place 4 slices of bread on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. 7.Add some sauce, ham, cheese and another piece of bread. 8.Bake in the oven until golden. 9.Serve hot with more sauce and a fried egg on top.

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By Paul Lowe:

When it comes to making simple crafts or elegant meals, Paul Lowe is the man to call. His blog, Sweet Paul has now spun into a successful magazine, providing tons of useful design tips. 

Bowtie Giftwrap

At Nod, we believe your home should be a celebration of family. We'll be featuring our Managing Director, Michelle, at home celebrating her own family with recipes, crafts and décor created by our friend Sweet Paul

I’m a big fan of making giftwrap be part of the present.  A perfect idea for a dapper-Dad on Father’s Day is to buy a special bowtie and use it in place of a ribbon on a gift.  In fact, a fun gift would be a small box with a note inside that says “I love you, Dad!” and then simply use the bowtie to wrap the box.  An instant inside-out present! 

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TIP:

Keep an eye out at the thrift store or flea market for old clothing with vintage buckles.

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By Paul Lowe:

When it comes to making simple crafts or elegant meals, Paul Lowe is the man to call. His blog, Sweet Paul has now spun into a successful magazine, providing tons of useful design tips.