Monday, January 30, 2012

Tutorial: Heart Pouch

I've been tasked with coming up with another take-home craft for Tyson's upcoming preschool Valentine's Day party. I had fun creating the reindeer necklaces for his Christmas party, and this time I came up with these simple heart pouches using each child's first initial and favorite color (obtained from his class book that we were able to borrow this past weekend).

These are very simple to make, and I thought I would share a brief tutorial here. If you don't sew, no worries! You can easily use a hot glue gun to assemble the pouches.


Supplies needed for 1 pouch:

  • Red, pink, and/or white felt scraps (or make them colorful like I did!)
  • 6 1/2 in. red or pink cording
  • White peel & stick felt letter (purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Sewing machine & supplies (optional)
  • Large & small heart patterns


Create your own heart patterns by folding a piece of paper in half and freehanding one half of a heart. Unfold and adjust to your liking. Create a smaller version of the heart using the same procedure.

For reference, here are the measurements of my (unfolded) patterns:

  • Large heart: 5 1/4 x 4 in.
  • Small heart: 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.

Fold each pattern in half and lay on a folded piece of felt. Using your pinking shears (or regular scissors), cut out one small heart and two large hearts.

Adhere your sticky felt letter to the center of the small heart. I secured mine later with hot glue, but now would be a better time to do that.

Be glad you aren't making 19 of these like I was!

Using a stitch length of 3, begin sewing (or hot gluing) the small heart onto one of the large hearts. Start at the bottom point, backtack a few stitches, and then continue on until you get about three-quarters of the way around the heart.

Pause here, lifting your presser foot with your needle down

Take a small amount of fiberfill and use one finger to stuff it evenly under the small heart, creating a puffed effect.

Finish securing the small heart and backtack again when you reach the bottom point.

Now take your other large heart and place it underneath the top piece you already sewed.

To create the pouch's handle, sandwich about 1/2 in. of one end of the cording between the two large hearts, starting at the top right curve. Begin stitching here, backtacking to secure the cording in place. As you sew around the heart, pause when you reach the top left curve and sandwich the other end of the cording in place.

Backtack and finish your stitching right after you pass over the cording, leaving the middle section of the pouch open for goodies!

To make your pouch more durable, place a small drop of hot glue right where both ends of cording meet the felt. And that's it!

Fill with treats and pass out to some happy kiddos!

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Kitchen Sink

Normally the old saying goes "everything BUT the kitchen sink", but today this post includes ONLY the kitchen sink... and two happy, wet, and playful boys!

The End

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Makes Me Smile...

Hope these make you smile, too. :)

You can tell Tyson was here... two of his favorite things: scissors and Peppa Pig

Miles looks awesome... too bad I took a crummy blurry photo!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Photo Share

Miles enjoying his yogurt

The boys watching it snow

Uncle Ross and Miles

Tyson coloring on a crazy hair day

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snow Basketball + Our First Snowman

We had a little stomach bug hit our house this weekend... no fun on Jeremy's birthday. Tyson went down (ending his 3 year puke-free streak), and then I did. Luckily we both only had it about 12 hours. Other than me feeling somewhat lethargic today, I'm hoping we're all in the clear. The steam cleaner definitely got some use (sigh).

Anyway, on a more positive note, we did manage to play in the snow a little before it melted. Tyson played some snow basketball and we made our first (lopsided) snowman of the season!

He was very excited that we let him eat (clean) snow

Ta-da! Tyson was very proud of our snowman

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Always Eating!

Just wanted to post some recent pics of our little 21-month-old cutie. I noticed that the common theme in all of these is that he's sitting up at the island - either ready to eat, currently eating, or finishing up eating. Sounds about right!

Love that sweet little profile

He is obsessed with his Dad's birthday balloons ("bino")

He LOVES eating his yogurt ("yo-eat")

Baby toes!

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