In our quest this week for frugal ways to entertain (occupy) the kids, we have dedicated today (Tuesday) and Wednesday to doing craft and sewing. So We’ve invited other girls from our church to join in on the fun and to hone their skills. It’s something we do almost every school holiday if we don’t go away. This week we are continuing to share daily about what we do and how we avoid spending too much.
We didn’t get much of a lie in this morning because the girls were going to be making clothes from paper patterns. To cut the actual pattern away from the paper is quite time-consuming, and since they did not all choose the same pattern, we got up extra early to get that part of the job done.
We want to show them how they can find svgs online to make pretty additions to their garments or articles.
We had one little 9 years old in the midst and she is not quite up to the standard to make a fashionable dress yet so she did make herself a fashionable felt purse with added accessories. She did well and I am super proud of her! We looked at lots of ideas on Pinterest for inspiration then we went full steam ahead with our own creativity.
One day we want to teach her how she can use the computer to search for ways to embellish her designs. For example, on Design Bundles she could have got some elements that she likes and that are age-appropriate for her too. I’m sure if we show her a flower svg, she would be able to create a design around it. She’s good like that.
What do you think?
She worked so hard and didn’t moan and complain like when she is doing painting or drawing. Maybe sewing and other crafts are her things! We’ll have to wait and see. She particularly liked the butterfly on her purse. It’s one thing she really loves.
For her next craft project, we will be helping her to make birthday cards for her friends. We’ve already looked for SVGs that she can include and she chose a crown svg that she wants to use for her friends as they all pretend to be queens.
The older girls are about halfway through with their garment and will finish tomorrow (hopefully).
For now, here is a sneak preview. We will be sure to share photos of the finished garments with you later in the week. One went for a black and white striped fabric and one went for a pink floral background fabric.
Oh, we did have a frugal lunch. We bought nice soft baguettes from Asda. We usually buy lots during school holidays because they come in handy as the kids can use them to make their own lunches. The frozen chicken tikka was thawed and lightly heated and that made a hearty filling along with coleslaw. Delicious!
It is 7:30 at night now and since they have worked really well and didn’t grumble too much, we will let them stop now and start again at 10 am tomorrow.
Be sure to read tomorrow’s post to see how they get on.
We would also love to hear how you get along over half-term holidays. What activities do you do and is crafting and sewing in the mix? Do let us know in the comments section below.
Jo and Leisa