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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.

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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How To Store Fabric Scraps On A Budget

5 tips for how to store fabric scraps on a budget! Creative fabric scrap storage doesn't have to be expensive; save even the tiniest scraps and give them a new purpose instead of filling up your trash.

It can be overwhelming to figure out how to store fabric scraps when they add up so quickly! I know it is tempting to just pitch them, but even if you don’t have time to sort and save them, you can always give them away to other quilters or crafters (even kids’ art classrooms!).

I was inspired to share all this because Jen from Faith and Fabric is hosting a series of “Sew Much Fun Blog Hop“s. I’m joining in today with tips for storing fabric scraps on a budget! Despite being focused on using up every last scrap and blogging about scrapbusting, I’ve never shared any pictures of how I store my own scraps. I sew in a spacious dungeon with unfinished floors and walls, which makes it the last place I ever think to take pictures. I realize all of my scrap sorting may seem over the top, but I really do try to produce as little trash as possible in my sewing room. These ideas and tips apply to fabric scraps of any kind; be sure to check out my list of 60+ ways to use up knit fabric scraps or all my fabric scrap tutorials here!

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