Spirit Grooves

Crafty Inspiration

By on June 18, 2012

I was really inspired by this site, where they have these amazing toys made out of children’s drawings. So, when Em handed me this drawing the other day, I wanted to try it out. Mine is completely simplistic compared to some of the ones I saw, but she loves it. It seemed to have the effect I hoped it would of feeling to her like something she created came to life.

This is not really a tutorial, just an idea to pass along. Here’s what I did:
1. traced her design and cut it out. To make it bigger, I’d scan it into the computer and print out a bigger one.
2. use traced one to cut out felt. Cut two.
3. Sew on the colored felt for tail. Apparently I got it wrong here. She said it was supposed to be Purple and not Blue with the Pink. But she said, “It’s okay mom.”
4. sew it together. Do the face first. I just used the same needle and embroidery thread. Then with this little thing, I had to stuff it as I sewed because there were so many tiny places. I stuffed with wool, but any stuffing would do. I might have used cotton balls in a pinch.

And… Ta Da!!! I gotta tell you, I feel so totally cool right now. This is what I want to do as a mom.

Now, of course she wants to do it herself. She’s been wanting to sew and I’ve just put it off because the needles are so sharp. Luckily I had picked up these plastic, (not sharp) sewing needles at some point. And just regular yarn and felt scraps I had on hand. I cut out the heart in felt (twice) and then went around the edge with a pointy thing…. I have an inscriber I use for my metal-work, but an awl would work perfectly. (*this link to  is so you can see what I’m talking about. I don’t have that one. I would get any of those on Amazon though. I like wood handles myself, but the prices seem to really range.)

So, I just made the holes. The plastic needles won’t go through the felt otherwise. My daughter is only 5, so sharp needles are definitely out for now. I actually got this idea from seeing these kits in the craft store. They looked great, but basically this is what they were and they were $12-$24. I can buy a whole lot of felt for that much.

She was so proud of this pillow and had so much fun doing it. It was also a lot of concentration. Just good on so many levels.

And I think this will be the next round of gifts I take to her friends parties; a  little sewing project kit.

The seamstress at work. This is the second one she did. She wanted a smaller one, which was kind of hard to poke, but still worked fine for her.

And then she drew this for the next creature to bring to life. She wants in on this one, so we’ll make it bigger.

I’ve learned from my daughter that there is no time to wait until I can really learn how to do things. Now is the time to create and even though these things are not technically, um, precise….., they’re perfect.

Posted in: crafts


  1. munchberry
    June 18, 2012

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    I use an orange stick or non hook side of the crochet needle to poke out edges.

    Those are so cutesy bootsy!

    If you felt a sweater, she could poke a blunt needle thru that.

    I love crafting with kids – everything is so exciting and joyous.

  2. Melissa
    June 18, 2012

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    What a fantastic idea! I can only imagine the feeling for Em, of seeing something she created come to life like that! I love how you’re embracing the act of creating things without worrying about perfection, too. I’m always so hesitant when it comes to arts and craft type things, because they’re just not my strength, but the point is just to make something together! You constantly inspire me, and this is just one example :)

  3. Jan
    June 19, 2012

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    Wow, so creative! I’m impressed! I’m sure it means so much to your daughter, too.

  4. Ellen
    June 20, 2012

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    I love that – no time to wait until you get really good at something. Must be done NOW. That’s good advice; otherwise, we’d probably never get anything done. I need someone gently pushing me into unknown waters. Em is a wonderful guide; and just look at the benefits from plunging in – Her imagination coming to life!

  5. Goodnuff
    July 3, 2012

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    I am officially turning in my mom card with my head hung in shame. You are such an awesome mom, always remember that!

  6. Stephen
    July 14, 2012

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    That first pic came out so cool. You are amazing.

  7. Didi
    February 6, 2013

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    I love that little critter that you made. It came out so great! Any child would be thrilled to get a stuffed animal that looked like a personal drawing. What a good idea.
    You are officially a cool mom.

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