Kittie Kat Stuffie | A FREE Printable

Here’s a fun little craft project to do with your kiddos. A quick Kittie Kat stuffie they can color and help you stuff. Older kids might even be able to help with the sewing. I’ve made a printable PDF download for you all. You have a few options:

1) print onto inkjet compatible, paper-backed cotton or canvas. You can get this at some craft stores or online. Dharma Trading Co. has some here.

2) print the download onto iron-on transfer paper. You can also get that at Dharma Trading Co. here.

3) print out onto regular paper and use a lightbox and fabric markers to trace the design onto your fabric.

I printed onto inkjet compatible cotton canvas. Then got situated with my trusty fabric markers and some fabric dyes for the larger areas so i could paint them in a bit quicker.

Here’s a detail of the fabric texture. (Click the image to see it larger on your screen)

And here’s how she looked all color-i-fied.

Then i cut out the kittie leaving about 5/8″ of the fabric all around.

I used this piece as a template to cut a piece of fabric for the back of the kittie. I just used some woven, fun fabric from my stash. You don’t need much. I pinned the 2 pieces with right sides together.

Next, I stitiched a 5/8″ seam all around. The fabric marker bled through, so it gave me a good guide as far as staying very close to the black outline of the kittie. I backstitched on either side of an approximately 4″ gap at the base of the kittie. This will be the hole for turning and stuffing. Before turning, i trimmed close to my stitching line and added some notches around curves to make the turned shape lie smoothly. You might want to add a 2nd row of stitching very close to your first row if this little stuffie is likely to get a lot of wear.

Next, I turned and pressed the stuffie so she looked like this.

Then stuffed her with fiber fill and hand-stitched the opening shut. I instagrammed her keeping me company at my desk, see?

She might need some sequins…..but that’s for another day. : )

Oh! and see her cute back?

Click the image below for your PDF download if you want to make a few of your own! Meow!


A Printable to Color this Easter!

In addition to candy and treats, i always like to put a story book and maybe some crayola markers into my son’s Easter basket. SO here’s a nice little extra that goes perfectly with both; some coloring bookmarks for boys and girls. Just CLick the image for the FREE download and print to a piece of white cardstock. Your kids can color and cut out the bookmarks to keep or give to a friend.

Happy Easter!

Color-able Holiday Cards – a $1 download

Just in time for the holidays! Here is a super-simple printable that just uses plain old letter size cardstock. Each print, cut down the middle, creates 2, A2 sized greeting cards that you or your kids can color for teachers, friends and family. The perfect festive craft to keep the kids busy for a while this holiday season. And an easy fix for those a-ha moments when you’ve forgotten a card and have no time to dash out to the store.

Here’s what it looks like:

Your download is immediately available upon purchase! Happy Holidays!



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a DIY tutorial with Lil Blue Boo


Last week i posted a cutie patootie tutorial i helped create with my friend, Ashley, at Lil Blue Boo. Ashley had asked me to illustrate a coloring-book-style backdrop for her adorable “Box o’ Princesses.” And NOW, we have a version for boys all ready for you as well. My illustrated download will again be a freebie. i hope your kiddos have a great time with it! i was inspired by my own little guy who has been peeking over my shoulder asking lots of excited questions as i created.

Just click here for the B&W, letter-size download that you can print at home. It includes a label for your box, the color-able BOY-VILLE backdrop, and some cool extras; a treasure chest, swords and shields and the requisite telephone booth any self-respecting superhero needs to change his persona.

Hope your little ones have a great time personalizing their own set!
Ashley’s super-cool example is shown below and tutorial is here.

Shrinky Love for Valentine’s Day – a downloadable project

Hi gang!!

i am all about the love….and i like to watch it curl up and shrink inside my oven!

Here is a fun project that will allow your kids to make some Valentine’s Day trinkets with just a little help from a grown-up and a free download from yours truly!

valentine's day shrink projectDid you know you can buy Shrink film for your inkjet printer? It is seriously so much fun. i have a 100 pak in one of my office drawers and whenever Cooper is particularly bored, all i have to do is hand him a sheet to perk him up! Sometimes we go freeform and i merely draw a nice large “boundary” shape for him so he can fill it with color and doodles. The images will shrink to about 1/3 of their size and 9x the thickness when done, so working on a larger scale is necessary…and perfect for even little hands!

You can buy inkjet shrink film in tons of places online. Here is the official Shrinky Dink® brand’s version. Or, if you prefer, you can just buy standard blank sheets and use a lightbox to trace your preferred design onto the translucent film. i’ve had some types that are more translucent than others, and you may not even need a lightbox : )

Anyway, if you’d like to download a nice quality version of my freebie design above for your kids to color, cut and shrink!, just click the image. i’ve designed these with pendants or small keychains in mind and the 1/4″ hole punch will work to thread a jump keyring or ribbon or cord through. These could also be used as bookmarks by threading several strands of yarn through the hole to form a “tassle” just the right length to sit in the spine of a book. The possibilities are endless!!

Have fun creating lots of Shrinky Love!

– if you purchase the shrink film, direction will be included. They are also available online and as a downloadable PDF here. : )

Early Valentine’s Day FREEBIE download

hey everyone!

here’s a quick sheet you can grab and print for your kids. Print onto full sheet label stock and your kids can color and cut out their own Valentines stickers! Or, just print on plain old white paper and they can color, cut and paste onto homemade valentines for their friends and loved ones.

i’ll be posting more V-day goodness in the coming weeks, but thought i’d get a jump start : )