Friday, September 30, 2011

Pinwheel Party

The pinwheel birthday party was a success. The birthday girl seemed to enjoy herself and the little girls worked out that it is much easier to get the pinwheels spinning by puting them in front of the fan...

Here's some photos of the cake, cupcake toppers and the decorations.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sew in clothes labels

We've had a few things go missing at kindy so today I made some labels to sew on the little ones clothes. It was really easy and I thought I would share just how easy it is.

Heavy cotton interfacing - I chose Shapewell
Laundry Marker

So here's how to...
Using your ruler and pencil mark up 5cm wide x 1cm tall rectangles - as many as you need or can fit on the interfacing.

Once you have the grid marked up use your laundry marker to write the names. Note it is much easier to write before you cut them out. Make sure you write in the centre of the labels so you can sew around the edge without going over the name.
Cut the rectangles out with the sissors.
They are now ready to sew onto the clothes.

I chose sew in labels because the iron on ones I bought keep coming off when I wash (at 60 degrees) but if you wash in cooler water you could get the iron on type interfacing and just iron them onto the clothes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pinwheel and buttons first birthday party preparation

I have my little girls first birthday party coming up so have started preparations. Didn't want to go over the top so have decided to have a pinwheel and buttons theme. I also didn't want to buy the usual commercial decorations, balloons, streamers, lolly bags etc so decided to make my own.For the decorations I am making some pinwheels by recycling an old poster art calendar and I'm also using some old magazines to make some paper chains - I have tried to use pages with as little or no writing as possible.

I also used pages from the magazine to make up little party bags. I cut 13cm wide strips and using my sewing machine (zig zag stitch) stitched the sides together. I put a couple of chocolate frogs and lollies in each and have fastened with a pinwheel hairclip made out of fabric scraps and buttons. There is a good tutorial on how to make the hairclips on the mother huddle blog.

I have also made up some pinwheels for the little girls to play with at the party. I made them out of craft paper and used some beads, wire, buttons for the spinning mechanism and chopsticks for the handles. If I get time I will do up a tutorial on how to put them together - it was pretty easy though and they work a treat.