Friday, January 19, 2018

Bead Threading Busy Bag



Morning all!

Just a bit excited about today's post!

I've done a few Busy Bags in the past for other people and groups, but never really got around to playing with them more. Now Master J is a big 3 year old I'm finding these little bags of goodness to be really fantastic for entertaining him, while also being educational!

Right now we're all about colours, and so I thought I'd make some little colour related games for him.


This one has the added bonus of engaging their fine motor skills threading the beads too. We gave it a burl, and it got a toddler tick of approval!

It's super easy to do too! I've included the file in this post for you to download for free, to make your own little bead threading boats! The file has the 6 coloured boats that Master J has been playing with, and an additional 9 boats with numbers on them (1-9), for older kids who are learning to count!




Supplies Needed:
Access to a printer
Laminate Machine
Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Hole Punch
Pony Beads

Steps:

1: Print out the file, you can download the filer HERE

2: Cut out the boats.

3: Laminate the squares, and cut them out of the laminate.

4: Place a hole in the side with the hole punch.

5: Loop the pipe cleaner through the hole, then twist to join both sides together. These can be as long or short as you like.

6: Grab the beads and play!




I hope you guys enjoyed this little busy bag! Let me know how your kiddoes go with it!



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Perry Preemie Cocoon




Good morning lovelies!

Wow is this month flying or what! Are you enjoying the new posting schedule? I know I am!
Today's post is a new crochet pattern for a tiny little cocoon to suit 18 weeks gestation. I really do like making these cocoons. Often babies this small simply cannot be dressed, and so having the option of a beautiful cocoon to wrap them in, is pretty important.

Today's cocoon is a simple one that won't take more than a few hours at most. I started with a 50g ball of yarn, and have 29g left, you you'll easily get 2 from one 50g ball.




Perry Cocoon

Sized To Fit:
18 Weeks Gestation

You Will Need:

2.5mm hook
4ply/Fingering Weight yarn
2 buttons
Sewing needle for attaching buttons.

1: Into a magic ring, dc 12 times, join to the first dc. -12 (Alternatively, ch3, 12dc into the first chain, join to the first dc)

2: ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, 2dc in each remaining stitch around, join to the first dc. -24

3: ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, dc in the next stitch. *2dc in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*, repeat around, join to the first dc. -36

4: ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches, *2dc in the next stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches*, repeat around, join to the first dc. -48

5: ch3, skip the first 2 stitches, into the next stitch (2dc, ch1, 2dc), skip the next 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch, *skip the next 2 stitches, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next stitch, skip the next 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch*, repeat around, when you get to the end of the round, do not join. We'll work in rows from here on out.

6: ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, skip the next 2 dc's (part of the shell), bpdc around the next dc, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, skip the next 2 dc's (part of the shell) bpdc around the next dc*, repeat around, dc into the top of the last dc (the ch3 from previous round)

7: ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, fpdc around the next bpdc, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, fpdc around the next bpdc*, repeat around, dc into the top of the last dc (the ch3 from previous round)

8: ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, bpdc around the next fpdc, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, bpdc around the next fpdc*, repeat around, dc into the top of the last dc (the ch3 from previous round)

9-20: Repeat rows 7-8

21: When you finish row 20 do not end, instead, chain 2, then hdc evenly down the side of the opening to the bottom of the opening, then back up the other side. Do not end yet.
Sew buttons into place on the opposite side of the edge you finished row 21 on.

22: ch1, turn sc down the side, when you come to a spot opposite a button, chain (3-8, depending on the size of the button, and slst back into the same stitch the last sc was made in, Continue to sc until you've gone to the bottom of the opening and back up the next side.

Finished Measurements: 
18cm in length
12cm in width