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Doll Stroller Makeover

A thrift shop doll stroller gets a makeover into a colorful, modern version! See how paint and fresh fabric can transform a dated toy.

I turned a boring toy into a colorful and modern doll stroller! Everyone who crafts and sews has a project they’ve started and stalled out on; when you’re a blogger it is even easier to get caught up in pattern tours and sponsored post deadlines. Recently, I’ve been intentionally turning things down and carving out time to finish some of the projects that I started or bought supplies for, and it feels great. I spray painted the frame for the diy doll stroller makeover, picked out a fabric, and then let the whole thing hang out under my cutting table for months. until now.

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Nature Art Ideas & Nature Crafts for Kids – Printable PDF Pack

Take a hike and get creative along the way! Check out this nature art & craft printable pack full of fun activities for kids.

I had a hard time deciding which site to share this on, in addition to being passionate about crafts and sewing, I love being outdoors! I also run www.desmoinesoutdoorfun.com – a site designed at making it easier to get outside in my area. We’ve been doing weekly art experiments for over a year but they rarely make the blog because I typically don’t have time to take pictures in the midst of paint or glue. I’m sharing the  Nature Art and Craft Printable Pack (affiliate link) that Penny from Mother Natured just released. Designed for kids ages 4-10, she says that “Inside, you’ll find printables to help support play, weaving, patterns, sensory development, fine motor skills, and most importantly, creative thinking! Nature appreciation is an underlying theme, because that’s the reason I made the pack in the first place!”. We had fun with the first activity we tried, this is a great idea to keep summer boredom at bay.

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Hipster Teddy Bear PDF Sewing Pattern

Hipster Teddy Bear - modern teddy bear sewing PDF pattern from Swoodson Says.

I have a new pattern release, in the latest issue 15 of One Thimble, a digital sewing magazine! The Hipster Teddy Bear PDF sewing pattern is a modern teddy bear that both girls and boys will love. My daughter wanted a bear to sleep with and I didn’t love any of the patterns on the market, so I made one! Designed for confident beginners, it would be a perfect ‘first softie’ project. Appliqueing the face and turning the thinner limbs right side out can take a bit of patience, but it’s worth it!

A finished softie measures approximately 20” (50.8cm) from ear to toe – it’s a nice big bear that doesn’t use up a ton of fabric. The limbs are soft and squishy, making it perfect to drag along or hug.

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Upcycled Sweatshirt Hat

Ideas for sweater upcycling aren't always this cute; see how a frumpy sweatshirt turned into the coziest winter hat ever, with a hidden wool layer! Recycle sweater hats are cozy and cheap to make.

If you have a plain, unremarkable old sweatshirt hanging around, I have some fun recycle sweater hat inspiration for you! I sewed up this cozy winter bonnet as a gift and am finally sharing it; it’s made from one of my favorite winter patterns that seems to fit kids’ heads really well. It’s just icing on the cake that I used scraps and upcycled materials to make it!

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