Crafting time has been sadly lacking in our house recently, with big plans for lots of craft activities over half term being scuppered by my nasty bout of flu. So when Yellow Moon offered to send us some fabric crafting kits and craft supplies it was the perfect chance for us to get creative again.
Grace spotted the logo on the box straight away (we are already big fans of Yellow Moon and have bought lots in the past) and ripped it open in one swift move! We had an elephant cushion sewing kit, bags and fabric paints, cupcake decoration sewing kits and bird and flower felt badge kits. Each kit comes in simple packaging with a set of instructions and everything you need to complete the project.
Grace took an instant shine to the elephant sewing kit and decided that would be her first project.
The pieces of felt have pre-punched holes to make it easier for little fingers and whilst Grace has had quite a bit of sewing practice, I think she would have found it hard to sew through the fabric without these holes. The plastic needle is good for avoiding pricked fingers. One of the kits had the sewing wool missing so I needed to use some from my stash – not a huge problem for me as I have box loads of wool, not so great if you only have the kit to work with.
Most of the decorations are self-adhesive and just pressed onto the fabric, the larger ones required glue. This worked fine for the little decorations but once I stuffed the cushion, the purple layer started to peel off. I used my hot glue gun instead of PVA and this solved the problem.
Grace was absolutely thrilled with the finished cushion and we all thought she did a great job. The best thing was that she really felt she had ownership of the project because she needed so little help to make it. She decided to give it to Faith as a birthday present and Faith loves it too.
Next up we thought we’d try decorating the bags using the fabric paints.
Not wanting to miss out on all the crafting action, Faith decided she’d have a go at this. She wanted her name on the bag but the strength needed to squeeze the paint pens, combined with the control needed to go over the letter outlines, proved a little too much for her, so I drew the letters and she decorated the rest of the bag.
Grace wanted in on the bag decorating action too and decided to make one for her friend’s birthday. My top tip would be to make sure you have some paper or card inside the bag before you start painting – Grace forgot to move it around as she went and ended up sticking the front of the bag to the bag with the paint!
Grace found the pens much easier to work with and soon got the hang of how to control the flow of paint. She went on to add flowers to the bag and, once again, was very proud of her efforts.
These kits were just the thing we needed to get our crafting mojo back and the biggest bonus was that Grace could do so much of it independently. We’ve still got the other kits to finish but I’m tempted to start sewing a cupcake before Grace gets home from school – they just look so pretty…
Disclosure: We were sent a box of fabric crafting activities for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.